From the monthly archives:

July 2013

U.S. equities finished the session narrowly mixed, closing out the rather lackluster month of July. At today’s highly anticipated Fed policy statement, the central bank said it will continue to purchase $85 billion in mortgage and Treasury securities per month. The Fed indicated that modest growth rates, higher mortgage rates and low inflation were the primary factors behind their decision to keep its easy-money policies. In other economic news, the U.S. economic growth rate unexpectedly accelerated in the second quarter with GDP growing at a 1.7% annual rate. In a separate report, private employers added 200,000 jobs in July, beating economists’ expectations [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

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U.S. equity indexes remain near all-time highs as largely upbeat corporate earnings and a lack of “bad news” from overseas markets have given investors few reasons to sell amid the euphoria. Furthermore, investors’ confidence was bolstered by the latest GDP report, which showed economic growth of 1.7%, considerably better than the previous reading of 1.1% [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].
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Investors have been enjoying a stimulus fueled rally on Wall Street and their concerns about the end of this historically ultra-low rate environment has rightfully rattled their confidence. The debate between whether or not the stock markets’ run-up is entirely a result of the Fed’s unprecedented monetary policy rages on; bearish pundits point out that […]

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In the last few years, investors have slowly found their way back to equity markets as more lucrative opportunities continue to present themselves. And with more and more investors adopting higher risk tolerances, bullish momentum has undoubtedly become a dominant force on Wall Street, pushing equity markets into uncharted territory. And though across the board, […]

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Stocks inched higher on Tuesday following Monday’s rather weak start to the trading week, as investors geared up for a slew of major data releases in the coming days. For the most part, stocks oscillated as investors were reluctant to make any big plays ahead of this morning’s GDP release and the FOMC announcement in […]

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Since interest rates began rising earlier this summer, some market watchers have been declaring the dividend trade a thing of the past. It’s no wonder, then, that many clients are asking me if it’s time to abandon dividend payers. This is just one of the questions about dividend investing I’ve been hearing lately during my […]

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Most U.S. equities ended narrowly mixed today, though technology stocks charged higher, as investors digested a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports. The Conference Board reported its consumer-confidence index falling to 80.3 in July, slightly below analyst expectations of 81.5. Meanwhile, the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 12.2% in May on the year versus […]

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New ETF Added to ETF Insider Portfolio

by on July 30, 2013

We are adding a new position to the ETFdb Insider portfolio today, which reflects  a bullish position on an asset class that has struggled so far in 2013 but maintains a very promising long-term outlook. Below we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are […]

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The SPDR Gold Trust has long been one of the most popular ETFs in the world. For a brief moment in 2011, it even held the crown for the largest exchange traded product by assets, but quickly relinquished the throne to . Though the fund has yet to turn in a negative annualized performance, it […]

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Emerging markets have captivated investors for almost a decade, from back when developed markets became a yield-barren investment. After years of pushing the limits of GDP growth and infrastructure spending, some emerging countries are finally losing steam. With the added stabilization in the European Union and U.S., investors have been abandoning their emerging holds in favor of […]

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Stocks kicked off the trading week with a minor loss as profit-taking pressures permeated the scene due to a number of looming uncertainties in the days ahead. For starters, earnings season is still in action and worrisome outlooks from bellwethers may set a volatile tone on Wall Street. Furthermore, investors have their eyes and ears […]

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Wall Street started off the week on a sour note as investors remained cautious ahead of a slew of economic news slated for this week, most notably the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee statement on Wednesday as well as Friday’s monthly jobs report. In corporate news, biotech company Elan announced it that it will be acquired […]

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