From the monthly archives:

October 2013

Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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Though the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY‘s debut in 1993, there is still only a small percentage of ETFs that account for the majority of the industry’s assets. For some perspective, SPY’s total assets under management account for over one-tenth of all equity-based funds’ assets combined. And though some of the most popular exchange traded funds have managed to deliver stellar returns over the last few years, there are a handful of lesser-known ETFs that have also logged in noteworthy gains [see 7 Emerging Market ETFs Crushing It In 2013]. [click to continue…]

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In the 20+ years that ETFs have been around, we have seen a number of economic shifts all over the world. Among those have been some of the strongest bull markets in investing history. As a result, a number of ETFs have turned in impressive performances. We took a look back at the annual performance […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects October 28th Edition

by on October 28, 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 October 28th Edition

by on October 28, 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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The Complete History Of The S&P 500 Index

by on October 28, 2013 | Updated January 27, 2014

The S&P 500 Index is easily one of the most recognizable stock market benchmarks in the world of finance. Standard & Poor’s debuted their first equity index in 1923, although the S&P 500 as we know it today didn’t hit the street until 1957. Professional money managers and self-directed investors across the globe reference this […]

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U.S. equities pushed higher last week as Wall Street digested a slew of earnings and economic reports. Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment–posted lower-than-expected quarterly results and cut its full year forecast. Microsoft (MSFT), 3M (MMM), and Ford Motor Company (F) beat analyst expectations, while telecom giant AT&T (T) also topped earnings […]

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High-Yield Prospects October 27th Edition

by on October 27, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Best & Worst Weekly Performers 26th Edition

by on October 26, 2013

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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New Highs & Lows October 26th Edition

by on October 26, 2013

Here is a look at all of the ETFs that have posted new one-year highs and lows over the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long […]

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With earnings season in full swing, the markets pushed higher throughout the week, as investor confidence was bolstered by promising releases from some big-name companies. 

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With earnings season in full swing, investors turned their attention to the latest quarterly reports from big name companies. Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining equipment–posted lower-than-expected quarterly results and cut its full year forecast. 3M (MMM) and Ford Motor Company (F) beat analyst expectations, while telecom giant AT&T (T) also topped earnings […]

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