From the monthly archives:

May 2013

By Dodd Kittsley, CFA,  Head of Global ETP Market Trends Research

Whiplash: It’s one of the occupational hazards of my job. As a team that’s tasked with analyzing exchange traded product (ETP) flows, my colleagues and I spend a lot of time sorting through data in an effort to identify investment trends. But, as you can probably imagine, sometimes these trends can turn on a dime – making it difficult to differentiate between short-term “moods” and long-term “movements” [for more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter].  [click to continue…]

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It was a choppy trading session on Wall Street today as markets took a nose dive right before closing, with the Dow Jones shedding 208.96 points, though major indexes still managed to log in monthly gains. In economic news, the Commerce Department reported that consumer spending was down 0.2% in April while analysts expected a rise of 0.1%. A separate report released today showed consumer sentiment reaching its highest point in almost six years after rising from 76.4 in April to 84.5 this May [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) provide investors with an easy way to reach virtually every corner of the stock market with a single U.S.-traded security. But, those looking to further enhance their trading by limiting risk and/or leveraging profits can take advantage of equity/stock options trading on many of these ETFs [see ETF Call And Put Options […]

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May was yet another strong month in the markets, with few investors selling early this year to avoid a summer slump. However, some investors were spooked early in the month after the FOMC rate decision and press conference. In its statement, the Fed said it would continue its $85 billion a month bond buying program, […]

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The bulls jumped right back into the swing of things yesterday following Wednesday’s flat session, despite a few mixed economic data releases on the day. Both weekly jobless claims and pending home sales just barely missed analysts’ expectations; however, major equity indexes continued their march higher without much hesitation on speculation that the Fed would […]

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After a rather lackluster open, U.S. equities managed to log in modest gains as investors weighed today’s tepid economic data. According to the Labor Department, weekly jobless claims unexpectedly increased by 10,000 to 354,000 last week; analysts were expecting the figure to come in at 340,000. In a separate report, the U.S. economy grew at […]

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After a long holiday weekend, Wall Street got off to a relatively good start this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing higher for the 20th straight Tuesday. In economic news, investors welcomed better-than-expected housing and consumer confidence data; the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home price index rose 10.39% for March, while the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence […]

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The financial sector has seen more than its fair share of ups and downs, but the enduring volatility of this sector has done little to diminish its appeal to investors. While those with a long-term focus may have avoided financials, the increased volatility has attracted more active investors who are counting on strong movements in these funds. […]

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Major equity indexes sank into red territory yesterday as a sparse data front left the doors open for profit-taking pressures on Wall Street. With no major economic reports on the day, it wasn’t terribly surprisingly to see the bears creep back in, considering that strong bull markets are often characterized by sell-offs when all is […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA, iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist “What worries you the most?” “What keeps you up at night?” I get these questions a lot from investors looking for insight into what might cause the next market correction. These questions are even more in focus now, given the drop in global markets that we witnessed […]

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U.S. equities took a turn for the worse today, as investors kept a close eye on rising Treasury yields and weighed the impacts of the Fed potentially scaling back its massive bond buying program. In corporate news, student loan giant Sallie Mae has announced it will be splitting its operations, with the consumer banking leaving […]

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Over the years, interest in dividend-paying equities and high-yield securities has grown tremendously as investors seek ways to generate meaningful income in today’s near-zero interest rate environment. Mebane Faber, Portfolio Manager at Cambria Investment Management and co-founder of AlphaClone, recently took the time to discuss the new Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD), highlighting its unique strategy and approach to the high yield space […]

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