From the monthly archives:

August 2013

U.S. equities started the week lower after tensions in Syria weighed heavily on the markets. After news of the Syrian government reportedly using chemical weapons against its own people, President Obama, as well as other political leaders in Europe and the Middle East, responded quickly and began talks regarding whether or not an intervention will be needed. As a result, crude oil prices skyrocketed, while equities struggled to gain ground. Somewhat distracting investors from Syria’s conflict, U.S. GDP was revised up to a 2.5% annual rate versus the initial estimate of 1.7% [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter].

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This week on Wall Street, investors turned their attention to escalating tensions in the Middle East. Following reports of Syria’s government using chemical weapons against its own people, talks of a U.S.-led intervention and potential spillovers into other countries in the oil-rich region heightened investors’ concerns. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy’s growth was revised up to a 2.5% annual rate versus the initial estimate of 1.7%, a positive sign for the markets [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter]. [click to continue…]

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Middle East Tensions, Oil Prices and the US Economy

by on August 29, 2013 | Updated September 17, 2013

A further escalation of violence in the Middle East will not only have a terrible human toll, it could also lead to rising oil prices, which in turn could hurt consumers and the global recovery. Russ explains the situation and shares how investors can prepare. Tensions and the humanitarian disaster in much of the Middle […]

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They say that nobody rings a bell at the market top or bottom. What separates seasoned veterans from “excited” investors is the ability to pull the trigger with conviction when others are unsure, thereby being able to better anticipate and take advantage of volatility when the theoretical bell finally does ring. Like every trading strategy […]

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Stock markets kicked off yesterday on a bearish note as spiking oil prices led to concerns over the health of the domestic consumer. Further weighing down on investors’ confidence is the looming Fed meeting in September, while the economic data front was fairly light on the day; pending home sales in July decreased by 1.3%, […]

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Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as uncertainty over the looming Fed taper continues to take its toll on investors’ confidence. Adding to the clouds of uncertainty are mixed data releases; durable goods orders plunged a worrisome 7.3% in July while consumer confidence improved from last month’s reading, sending investors mixed signals […]

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The bears came out on top on Tuesday as intensifying worries over possible U.S. military involvement in Syria coupled with Fed taper fears opened up the doors for profit taking. Major equity indexes sank into red territory even amid upbeat economic data; August’s consumer confidence reading came in at 81.5, inching right past last month’s […]

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6 Things to Worry about in Your 401(K)

by on August 27, 2013 | Updated September 17, 2013

Saving for retirement is hard enough. Unfortunately, many of us make it even harder, often without even realizing it. Here are six things that worry Chip Castille about your 401(k) – and what you can do to help alleviate those worries.  Saving for retirement is hard enough. Unfortunately, many of us make it even harder, […]

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Since ETFs were introduced in 1993, the investing world has endured numerous recessions and a number of groundbreaking events that forever shifted how assets are allocated. While some years have seen markets prosper, others have watched them slip into a tailspin, dragging down various economies with them. From the bursting of the internet bubble to […]

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Investors returned to the street in a buying mood this week ahead of the highly anticipated FOMC meeting coming up in September. Bullish pressures kicked off trading on Monday morning as investors weighted the possibility of the Fed delaying tapering after durable goods data missed the mark; July’s new orders figure contracted by 7.3%, marking […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects August 26th Edition

by on August 26, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons; first, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects August 26th Edition

by on August 26, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons; first, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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