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ETF Industry

A quiet economic front at home this week gave investors a chance to digest uncertainty from overseas, and not surprisingly, bearish sentiment permeated the Street as many remain unsure about re-entering the market amid the unresolved crisis in Ukraine. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and glances at the ETF industry. It includes the best and worst performers over the past week, the best and worst performers from the past year, a look at how the nine major sectors are faring in 2014, as well as a region review. Note that all leveraged/inverse products have been excluded [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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For the most part, major U.S. equity indexes trekked higher during the week, as tensions over the crisis in Ukraine sparked a quick but brief pullback. Markets have yet to digest a full resolution from both parties overseas, which has prompted many to wonder whether the brisk “rebound” in investors’ sentiment can continue to hold given the lack of actual diplomacy developments. Economic data releases at home were generally upbeat throughout the week although it was Friday’s employment report that received the most attention as it is expected to influence the Fed’s forward guidance, which is slated for release along with the official FOMC statement on March 19th [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs].

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A lot has been made of the difference between ETF and mutual fund expenses, and for good reason. As the ETF world continues to expand, investors are granted hundreds of low-cost alternatives to many popular mutual funds. For example, the average equity mutual fund charges between 1.3% and 1.5%, while the average equity ETF charges [...]

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The ETFs Buffett Will 100% Buy … Maybe

by on February 27, 2014 | Updated March 6, 2014

The investment world has been enamoured with Warren Buffett for decades now. Ever since and even before he made a name for himself with an unforgettable, crude and unbelievably analogous quote in October of 1974 when asked by Forbes magazine about his feeling towards the market; Buffett famously quipped: “(I feel) Like an oversexed guy [...]

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4 Yellen-Friendly ETFs

by on January 28, 2014

After eight years of serving at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke’s term will expire on Saturday, when his successor Janet Yellen will take over. Yellen (who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve) will be the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, making February [...]

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Diversity and innovation remain the driving forces behind the ETF industry’s impressive growth. With more than 1,500 ETFs available on the market today, investors have a plethora of strategies and asset classes to pick and choose from. Actively-managed and smart beta products have been shaking up the industry as more and more investors grow comfortable [...]

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With more than 1,500 ETFs available on the market today, investors have grown comfortable with utilizing some of the more sophisticated strategies out there for fine tuning their exposure and tapping into previously difficult-to-reach asset classes. When it comes to tactical allocation, the sheer diversity among ETFs comes in handy; investors can pick and choose [...]

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2013 was largely dominated by a relentless bull market that saw the S&P 500 notch a gain of more than 30%, its best year in over a decade. But while many were focused on the gains of broad benchmarks, a number of funds and securities were having quite an interesting year – some good, some [...]

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For most investors, 2013 was a very good year; stocks charged steadily ahead and a few bumps in the road did very little to derail the impressive momentum. The predictors of “doom and gloom” who foresaw a big decline in equities likely ended up eating big losses, as did commodity and bond bulls. Before turning [...]

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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and [...]

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Though this year was largely marked by an insatiable bull-run, not every ETF was able to prosper. There were a select few segments in the market that struggled to stay afloat, dragging down a number of ETFs in the process. More specifically, precious metals and volatility had a pathetic outing in 2013, as a handful [...]

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Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on [...]

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