Daniela Pylypczak-Wasylyszyn

Daniela Pylypczak-Wasylyszyn is an analyst and writer for ETFdb.com, where she contributes articles and analysis each week. Since joining the team in 2011, Daniela has quickly grown to be one of the most widely-followed authors in the industry. Her articles are syndicated on a number of online publications, including Financial Advisor Magazine, Fidelity.com, and Yahoo! Finance. Daniela graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, as well as a minor in theoretical and computational physics.

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Since the start of 2014, Wall Street has witnessed one of the most active mergers and acquisition booms in some time. With only a little more than a month to go, so far this year’s global merger tally already tops $3 trillion, with U.S. M&A activity accounting for $1.5 trillion. According to Dealogic, the current dollar volume of announced deals in the world is higher than in any full year since 2007 [see also ETF Issuer Solutions Welcomes Industry Newcomers].

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Wall Street started off the week on a relatively positive note, with the S&P 500 managing to log in a record close. Though Tuesday saw another day of record closes by the S&P 500 and the Dow, equities cooled off from highs by Wednesday in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s minutes release. In economic news, the Commerce Department announced yesterday that housing starts fell 2.8% in October, while building permits rose 4.8%. Analysts expected a 0.8% rise in housing starts and a 0.6% rise in building permits. [click to continue…]

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The exchange-traded fund industry has certainly come a long way since the debut of SPY in 1993. Now there are over 1,600 products to choose from, with assets totaling over $2 trillion. The rise and popularity of these products are in part thanks to their key advantages over mutual funds, which include lower expenses, intra-day tradability, […]

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U.S. equities traded slightly higher on Wednesday, following the conclusion of the midterm elections, where Republicans managed to take control of Congress. In economic news, ADP’s private sector payrolls rose by 230,000 in October, coming in above the expected 220,000 gain. The Institute for Supply Management reading on U.S. services was also reported, coming in […]

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U.S. equities have experienced several volatile trading sessions over the last few weeks, as global economic concerns and this season’s earnings results continue to weigh heavily on investors. So far, over 200 of the S&P 500 companies have reported their quarterly results, putting the benchmark on track to log in a 5.6% growth in earnings for […]

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Following a three day rally, equity markets took a breather on Wednesday, after what has been a tumultuous few weeks on Wall Street. On the earnings front, International Business Machines (IBM), McDonald’s (MCD) and Coca-Cola (KO) reported worse-than-expected results, while Boeing (BA) and Apple (AAPL) managed to beat analyst estimates.  In ETF news, newcomer ValueShares […]

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This week, Wall Street got off to yet another sour start, with major equity indexes closing in the red. On Wednesday, stocks took a small breather after two straight down days. The third quarter earnings season also kicked off this week, with aluminum producer and bellwether Alcoa (AA) posting its results on Wednesday after the closing […]

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U.S. equities got off to a sour start this week, with Monday and Tuesday seeing major indexes end in the red. Stocks finally stabilized on Wednesday, even though economic data came in worse-than-expected: wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July versus analyst expectations of a 0.5% rise. In corporate news, all eyes were on Apple after […]

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Wall Street kicked off the month of September on a mixed note, with equities taking a slide on Tuesday following Labor Day; historically, September has always been a bad month for stock markets. Investors have been keeping a close eye on Europe in recent months, especially focusing on conflicts between Ukraine and Russia [see Annual GDP […]

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Wall Street saw the S&P 500 Index logging in its first ever above-2,000 close this week, setting a new milestone in the stock market’s recent bull run. Also this week, investors digested several economic reports. Orders for durable goods surged 22.6% in July from the prior month, well above analyst expectations of 7.5% (but driven mostly […]

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This week, Wall Street digested the latest U.S. GDP data, which came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter. For the first half of 2014, the economy managed to eke out positive growth, expanding at a 0.9% pace [see How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?].

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It’s been a busy week for Wall Street, with investors digesting a slew of earnings and economic reports. On the earnings front, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Intel managed to beat analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while Bank of America reported a 43% drop in profit, as well as a $650 million settlement with AIG […]

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