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Energy ETFs

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 the third quarter, well above the estimated 4.5% [see also ETF Spotlight: U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL)]. [click to continue…]

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Energy equities have long been investor favorites, for both buy-and-hold strategies as well as tactical allocations. This corner of the market is one of the fastest-moving sectors in the world, and with the rapid development of technology and new sources of energy, this segment will likely remain one of the most popular investing spaces for decades [see 10 of the Best ETF Trades of All Time].
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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as […]

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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 […]

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The second quarter earnings season is well on its way and this week will be jam packed with yet another round of reports. Last week, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) reported a $119 million second quarter loss due to weak aluminum prices, putting the bellwether’s EPS at a mere 7 cents per share, but still slightly higher […]

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In the world of energy investing, most turn to traditional futures contracts or “Big Oil” companies for exposure to this volatile yet attractive corner of the commodities market. Though there are other viable ways to gain access to the energy space, one segment is often overlooked, and considering its performance in recent years, understandably so. Alternative energy […]

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Imitation just may be the sincerest form of flattery, as any sufficiently profitable ETF idea seems to eventually attract clones. Competition is usually a good thing for investors, as it can drive expenses lower and incentivize fund sponsors and managers to deliver better and better service to investors. At the same time, though, competition can […]

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In the wide world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no corner of the market more popular than energy equities, as this volatile yet often rewarding sector has become a staple in many investors’ portfolios. Taking an equity approach to the most heavily traded segment of the commodities market is appealing to many, as this […]

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Natural gas ETFs are some of the hottest picks in the exchange-traded space, as many feel that this commodity will have a significant role in our future energy use. For plain vanilla, futures-based exposure, investors have long turned to the United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG). While UNG may be one of the most liquid […]

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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been recapping some of the best and worst ETF performers over the past year. Today, we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the previous year–2011– to see how they followed up their impressive (or depressing) years in 2012.  Many of the asset classes […]

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Markets enjoyed a strong rally on “Black Friday” as they look to make a run higher for the end of November. But broad indexes had a relatively slow open to the last week of the month, as there was little news to push equities one way or the other. The technology sector  was among the […]

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ETFs have earned the respect of countless investors as viable financial instruments well suited as core building blocs for achieving diversified, cost-efficient exposure to virtually any asset class. Exchange-traded products have also become a favorite of many active traders who value their ease-of-use, liquidity and unparalleled transparency. As such, these vehicles can serve as tools […]

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