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ETF Cheat Sheets

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 building a long-term, buy-and-hold portfolio. In recent years, ETFs have become increasingly popular tools for accessing the fixed income corner of the market [see Yield Curve 101: The Ultimate Guide for ETF Investors]. [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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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store […]

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As the U.S. market slowly wanders towards the road to recovery, many investors who had avoided the short term effects of the recession are now left scratching their heads, looking for a long term solution for slow American economic growth without risking everything. One option is to look through emerging market bonds, which often offer […]

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To put it mildly, Europe stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the Euro Zone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. Although allocations to this sector have understandably diminished in recent years, European equities remain a key component of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios, seeing as how they nicely round out international exposure as […]

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As central banks around the world continue to plow money into the financial system, investors have been bracing for an eventual uptick in inflationary pressures. While reported inflation throughout the developed world has remained tame–most markets are well within their official “comfort zone”–anxiety over rising prices remains. When the global economy stabilizes and consumers become […]

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Energy stocks have struggled mightily so far in 2012, as soft demand for petroleum products and progress towards alternative sources of energy have weighed on this sector. Despite the recent challenges, allocations to energy stocks remain a key component of many investing strategies, and this sector is well represented in the portfolios of both buy-and-hold […]

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Emerging markets stocks are a core holding in the portfolios of many investors: developing economies such as China and India account for a growing portion of global GDP, and a significant percentage of all global GDP growth. ETFs have become popular tools for tapping into this asset class; the low cost structures, intraday liquidity, and […]

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