From the monthly archives:

April 2014

By now, most investors are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as they have become some of the most popular securities currently on the market. There are, however, fewer investors who are familiar with unit investment trusts (UITs) despite the fact that some of the most popular ETFs in the world are actually structured as UITs. Take the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), one of the largest funds in the world; underneath the hood, it is actually a UIT. [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects: April 29th Edition

by on April 29, 2014

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 popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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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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Thanks to the proliferation of ETFs over the years, more and more investors have started to shed their home-country bias. Education and ease-of-use have been the driving forces that have prompted countless investors to geographically diversify their portfolio’s equity component with ETFs; now more so than ever, investors are being mindful of their regional exposure […]

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As recently as last summer and fall, respondents to BlackRock’s Global Investor Pulse Survey indicated that they held nearly half of their portfolio in cash and intended to increase that exposure over the coming year. More recent surveys tell a similar story.

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It’s called the Coppock Curve – a rarely spoken of indicator that works quite well at providing long-term buy and sell signals for ETFs linked to major indices, which provide an easy way for investors to access a basket of well-known stocks. Using the Coppock Curve in conjunction with major index ETFs provides a simple solution […]

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Fixed income exposure has been a staple for many investors, as historically these products have offered steady sources of current income as well as relatively low levels of risk. Often referred to as the “safe haven” asset class, bonds have typically been the go-to investment for those nearing retirement and those wanting to park their […]

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High-Yield Prospects: April 27th Edition

by on April 27, 2014

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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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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Bullish pressures quietly persisted on Wall Street this past week as major equity indexes inched higher amid low trading volumes. Throughout the week, investors digested a slew of earnings from big-name tech stocks, including upbeat results from Netflix and Apple; on the economic front, results were mixed, including a big miss in new home sales […]

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U.S. equities got off to a relatively good start this week, bolstered by upbeat corporate earnings. Halliburton, Hasbro, United Technologies, Travelers, and Comcast managed to beat analysts’ EPS and revenue estimates. On Wednesday, however, markets turned lower after new-home sales for March declined 14.5% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 384,000; analysts were expecting […]

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It’s hard to read the headlines of the past several years and not come to the conclusion that the world, or at the very least the United States, is awash in oil.

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