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Following a multi-day stretch of profit-taking on Wall Street, the bulls returned with full force in light of soothing words from the Federal Reserve on Wednesday of this week. Policymakers at home inspired a great deal of confidence among investors when they said that the Fed would remain “patient” with regards to the timing of the first rate hike. Overseas, investors remained fixated on the collapse of Russia’s equity market amid back-and-forth trading in oil futures [see BioShares and Reality Share Make Their Debut, ValueShares Launches IVAL]. 

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After getting off to a shaky start in 2014, U.S. equity markets managed to continue their upward trend, with positive domestic economic data fueling bullish momentum. While major U.S. benchmarks are on track to log in another year of impressive returns in 2014, several corners of the market fared much better than others [see also The Best and Worst Performing Dividend ETFs of 2014]. [click to continue…]

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Profit taking pressures finally swept over Wall Street this week following a prolonged stretch of major equity indexes posting fresh all-time highs. On the home front, some investors stepped to the sidelines following a hint that the Fed might soon change its forward guidance, with regards to the timing of the first rate hike. On […]

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Introducing Our SPY Line Chart Tool

by on December 8, 2014 | Updated December 12, 2014

This new tool displays a line chart of the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)’s performance starting six months before the market bottom. The tool allows users to compare SPY over the years with a wide variety of other markets to see how various economies and segments of the economy have progressed since the financial crisis.

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Following the holiday weekend, investors came back to Wall Street in a buying mood and managed to push the S&P 500 Index to fresh highs yet again, with the benchmark settling just below 2,080 ahead of Friday’s employment report. On the data release front, better-than-expected ISM and motor vehicle sales served as tailwinds throughout the week. Overseas, […]

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The ETF world is continually growing, making it more and more difficult for investors of all disciplines to keep up. In an effort to shed more light on some of the more unique products out there, we take a dive into the Large Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund (FEX) from First Trust.

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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 […]

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Much to the bears’ frustrations, the bulls remain in the driver’s seat although their foot has eased off on the gas pedal considerably over the past two weeks. Overseas, the ECB dropped another hint of expanding stimulus while upbeat sentiment data from Germany helped to spark a minor rally across the currency bloc. At home, […]

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ETF Issuer Solutions has brought forth a comprehensive platform designed to help investment managers bring their strategies to market. In this Q&A, president William Smalley shared his firm’s story, their objective, as well as insights about the industry as a whole.

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The bulls are still pushing major equity indexes further into previously uncharted territory, but the pace of the advance has slowed down considerably in light of the stellar run-up seen since the October 15th bottom. Overseas, investors remain dissatisfied with the sluggish recovery in Europe while major data releases on the home front have been sparse; […]

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We recently had an opportunity to talk with Jay D. Hatfield, a seasoned Wall Street veteran, who is the fund manager behind the newcomer InfraCap MLP ETF (AMZA). In this Q&A, he offers his insights regarding the MLP space as a whole in addition to taking a deep dive under the hood of AMZA.

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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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