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Aaron Levitt is an independent investment analyst and author living in State College, Pennsylvania. His work appears in several high profile publications in both print and on the web. As an advocate for long-term globally oriented investing, Aaron believes that exchange traded funds have leveled playing field for Main Street. Following global macro-economic trends, investors now have several avenues to create great long term portfolios. Aaron is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he studied Economics and International Business. Aside for helping regular investors develop winning portfolios, his current projects include writing his first book about investing in North America’s changing energy landscape.

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With the fourth quarter commencing, exchange-traded fund (ETF) sponsors have been hard at work...


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This Week’s ETF Launches: Sponsors Get Active

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This Week’s ETF Launches: First Trust Tries Its Hands at Sectors

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The Effect on Healthcare ETFs If Hillary Wins

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Coming off the Labor Day holiday, exchange-traded funds’ (ETFs) issuers were quite busy. This...

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Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) - Better Returns for Being “Good”

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Despite it being the dog days of summer, new exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to hit the...

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With the popularity and success of exchange traded funds (ETFs), there are plenty of big names in...


This Week's ETF Launches: A Major Indexer Goes Responsible

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This Week’s ETF Launches: iShares Goes Global With ESG

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This Week’s ETF Launches: State Street Gets Techy

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This Week’s ETF Launches: AccuShares Builds a Better Oil ETF

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This Week’s ETF Launches: RiverFront Gets Busy

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This Week's ETF Launches: Janus Rides the Trends & Columbia Gets the ESG Bug

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This Week’s New ETF Launches: Bonds Follow The Trends And The VIX Gets A New Wrapper

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