After trading in a narrow range at the beginning of the week, U.S. equities took a steep hit as investor anxiety about a pullback and looming Fed tapering fears weighed heavily on the markets. On the economic front, initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, while the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey showed a sharp improvement in labor conditions. Meanwhile, bond prices tumbled in the U.S., U.K. and Germany on Thursday, pushing 10-year Treasury notes yields to levels not seen since 2011 [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013].
Below, we highlight seven insightful articles circulating around the financial space this week:
- Trading strategies – keep it simple, stupid (NAS Trading)
- Failed ETF trades spiking this summer (Institutional Investor)
- The best ETFs to minimize portfolio volatility (Vix And More)
- Value investing when debt levels are high (The Aleph Blog)
- Europe on the rise - how to play (Financial Sense)
- The bottom line: the risk profile in stock markets is up (Cumberland Advisors)
- What’s really changed since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008? Apparently, not much (Alhambra Investment Partners)
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