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ETF Industry

Since 2009, Charles Schwab has been releasing a line of ETFs determined to undercut the competition when it comes to expense ratios. With this line of products has come a new standard for the cheapest ETF on the market, charging just 0.04% per year for investment (there are some ETFs that temporarily charge no fees, but we have omitted them from the conversation). Now that these products have had several years on the market, we decided to take a look behind their makeup and how they stack up against the competition. [click to continue…]

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Major equity indexes traded sideways over the last week, with a slight downward bias amid a generally quiet landscape that saw few data releases and a lack of any major developments. On the home front, the NFIB index came in better-than-expected, offering some encouragement for small businesses. Overseas, geopolitical tensions eased up after it was reported that Russian troops had begun to pull out of Ukraine, although the reaction in the markets was fairly muted [see also Annual GDP Growth: A Good Predictor of Single-Country ETF Returns?].

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We have often told investors that there is no shame in a simple portfolio – advice that is easier given than followed when it comes right down to it. Among many retail investors, there is a sense that only owning a few securities makes for a portfolio that is too simple, or one that lacks some sort of […]

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Major equity indexes traded sideways during the shortened week despite a string of upbeat data releases on the home front. Given the steep rise seen throughout August, most benchmarks struggled to inch higher even after good news hit the street; ISM and construction spending came in above expectations on Tuesday, while upbeat factory orders and […]

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Since the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) made its debut in 1993, the ETF industry has slowly but surely flourished over the last two decades, quickly becoming a valuable tool for investors and traders alike. From plain vanilla funds to hyper-targeted ETFs, the wide array of options has made it possible for investors to tap […]

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Today is Labor Day in the U.S., a Federal holiday that celebrates the contributions of workers all around the country, typically by giving workers the day off. In that spirit, we wanted to outline some of the hardest working ETFs listed in the U.S. and those that have been able to rise above the fold. […]

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Major equity indexes inched higher during the week but gave into some light profit-taking pressures as Labor Day weekend approached. A lack of noteworthy developments overseas coupled with solid economic data releases at home left the doors open for the bulls; better-than-expected durable goods, consumer confidence, and an upbeat revision to U.S. GDP welcomed buyers […]

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While it is fair to say that the ETF industry as a whole has changed the investing world, there are also specific products that have changed the investing world forever. Here, we outline five ETFs that forever changed Wall Street upon their debut.

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One of the most important indicators that investors rely on to gauge the health of the housing market is the new home sales report. Released at the end of every month by the U.S. Census Bureau, the new home sales report showcases the number of new single-family homes that were sold during the prior month. […]

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Major equity indexes enjoyed another week in the green, as buyers prevailed yet again amid easing tensions surrounding Russia and Iraq. On the home front, investors enjoyed a slew of upbeat data from the housing market, while the Fed’s minutes release failed to rattle investors’ confidence like many had anticipated; the home builders’ index, housing […]

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We took a look at the performance of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) on the day of the release of every non-farm payrolls report since the recession ended in 2009. The results had some obvious findings, but also some surprising ones.

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Buyers returned to Wall Street as selling pressures from the prior week finally eased off and left the doors open for the bulls once again. Despite a lack of noteworthy developments, easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been enough to welcome back the bulls following a round of geopolitical-induced profit taking pressures. On the […]

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