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ETF Industry

On March 12, 1996, iShares launched a suite of 17 single-country focused ETFs, all of which still trade to this day. It marked iShares’ entrance into the ETF world and the third launch in the history of the industry. A lot has happened since these funds made their debut, including recessions, bull runs, and a number of major world events that have shaped markets throughout the years. [click to continue…]

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With over 1,600 exchange traded products to choose from, investors have access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From hyper-targeted funds, to unique quant-based strategies, to plain-vanilla core building blocks, ETFs invest in essentially every type of security [see 7 Underappreciated Core ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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Bearish pressures swept over Wall Street this past week as the bulls had to step aside after European debt woes resurfaced and rattled investors’ confidence in the already anemic recovery taking place in the overseas currency bloc. Sell orders swarmed European markets and spilled over onto the home front after Portugal’s largest publicly traded bank, Banco […]

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One of the most frustrating aspects of investing is hindsight. The could have, should have, would have mentality has nagged every investor at some point or another. It can be easy to look back and think of what you should have invested in at the time, but it’s impossible to know future outcomes in the […]

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It was another back and forth week on the Street, as major indexes are still looking to find a meaningful direction. Revised GDP showed a contraction of 2.9% for the first quarter, but markets paid little attention to the negative surprise. As the bull run continues to drag on, more and more analysts are hopping in […]

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Sometimes, trying to describe ETFs and how they operate can be a little dry. We decided to spice things up and highlight some of the most crucial points surrounding ETFs using animated GIFs.

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Major equity indexes quietly kicked off the week, as many kept a close watch on Iraq while the mid-week Fed meeting took center stage at home. Much to the bears’ growing frustrations, policymakers didn’t drop any hints of an earlier-than-expected rate hike, and as such, equity markets took the opportunity to continue their stellar rally. […]

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Major equity indexes kicked off the week on a strong note only to lose momentum and give way to profit taking pressures as the trading days progressed. On the home front, economic data releases were fairly quiet with the NFIB small business index posting a better-than-expected gain while retail sales fell just just short of […]

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Major equity indexes inched higher throughout the week amid encouraging data releases at home. Investors cheered on improving ISM data and motor vehicle sales, while the lackluster ADP employment report received little to no attention. Overseas, the ECB stole the headlines yesterday when it finally announced the much-awaited rate cut, dropping its benchmark rate to […]

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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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