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ETF Industry

Back-and-forth trading has been a dominant theme over the past week as selling pressures from the end of September have spilled over into October and are paving quite a volatile road for major equity indexes. The release of the Fed minutes on Wednesday served as fuel for the massive rally seen across Wall Street, and just like that profit taking pressures erased all of those gains on Thursday as the S&P 500 failed to rebound off the 1,930 level like many technicians were hoping for [see also Renaissance Launches International IPO ETF (IPOS)].

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Bearish pressures remained the dominant force on Wall Street for the past week as disappointing economic data releases failed to entice dip-buyers. Investors remained hesitant to re-enter despite the pullback, given looming geopolitical risks and worse-than-expected consumer confidence, ISM, and construction spending data; further weighing on investors’ confidence is the monthly U.S. employment report slated for release today [see also ETF Pick of the Month: Bargain Hunting Abroad].

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The S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP) hit markets in 2003 and offered a unique spin on investing in the S&P 500. Its equal weight approach to the famed index quickly garnered attention as it outperformed the likes of SPY over a number of periods. As time has gone on, many have speculated (and even accused), […]

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Major equity indexes swiftly traded lower over the past week thanks to mild profit taking pressures that led to a breach of a significant technical support level for the S&P 500 Index. As the benchmark slid below the 1,980 mark on Thursday, selling pressures accelerated and opened up the doors for the bears. Results were […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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