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ETF Industry

Seasoned market veterans know the importance of the business cycle and how it influences investors’ sector preferences depending on the prevailing and expected economic conditions. The proliferation of ETFs has made the application of sector rotation strategies easier for self-directed investors given the unparalleled liquidity, ease-of-use, and cost efficiency that is associated with these financial instruments. 

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Major equity indexes rose higher this week thanks to a number of encouraging data releases. With earnings season now behind us, investors cheered on upbeat economic data, including better-than-expected durable goods orders and consumer confidence on Tuesday, improving weekly jobless claims on Thursday, while the worse-than-expected U.S. GDP revision didn’t get much attention.
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The notion of “panic selling” is one phenomenon that continues to pose a challenge for even the most seasoned market veterans; after all, one of the most difficult feats an investor can pull off is to remain calm and collected in the face of volatile trading and rampant pessimism in the marketplace.

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After touching all-time highs on Tuesday, markets endured a tough sell-off this past week. The S&P 500 was able to briefly hold above the 1,900 barrier but quickly lost grip as selling pressures overtook the Street. Yesterday saw an especially harsh downward move as Wal-Mart earnings disappointed and volatility reared its ugly head.

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The ETF universe has undeniably grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, but even more impressive are some of the funds’ stellar track records since the depths of the most recent financial crisis. In light of the U.S. bull market turning five years old in March of 2014, we’ve been taking a look back to […]

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Major equity benchmarks endured a choppy trading week thanks to uneventful earnings releases and a lack of major developments in the overseas conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All in all, the lack of both good and bad news kept many investors on the sidelines while traders paved the way for back-and-forth swings on Wall Street. 

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33 ETFs with P/Es Below 10

by on May 7, 2014 | Updated May 19, 2014

The Price-to-Earnings (P/E) ratio is one of the most popular valuation metrics in the investing world. It is calculated by dividing a security’s current price by its earnings. As a general rule, a P/E of around 15 for broad stocks is the norm, though that figure can vary greatly by industry and depending on market […]

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By now, most investors are familiar with exchange-traded funds (ETFs), as they have become some of the most popular securities currently on the market. There are, however, fewer investors who are familiar with unit investment trusts (UITs) despite the fact that some of the most popular ETFs in the world are actually structured as UITs. […]

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Bullish pressures quietly persisted on Wall Street this past week as major equity indexes inched higher amid low trading volumes. Throughout the week, investors digested a slew of earnings from big-name tech stocks, including upbeat results from Netflix and Apple; on the economic front, results were mixed, including a big miss in new home sales […]

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Though some may disagree, exchange-traded funds have certainly proved their worth over the years. With more than 1,500 products to choose from, more and more investors have turned to the ETF wrapper, embracing the vehicles’ low-costs, efficiency, and many other advantages. Consequently, total assets of the ETF industry have swelled to over $1.7 trillion [see […]

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Bullish pressures returned to Wall Street, following a choppy finish to the week prior. Major equity indexes were able to rebound modestly after investors digested better-than-expected retail sales data along with upbeat Philly Fed numbers. Volatility still permeated the markets, as investors kept a close watch on developments between Ukraine and Russia. On the earnings […]

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Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall Street continues to buzz about a number of tech firms that are continually rolling out never-before-seen products. When it comes […]

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