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ETF Industry

U.S. equities struggled to build momentum again this week, as mixed economic reports weighed on the markets. Also adding to looming uncertainty, investors digested President Obama’s statement concerning the possibility of additional sanctions against Russia. 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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Stock splits and reverse splits are a commonplace practice in the investing world and have been in place for quite some time. A company may choose to split their stock to make the price more affordable and attractive to potential investors or may reverse split to stay on a particular trading exchange (a number of firms were forced to reverse split at the bursting of the internet bubble to remain on popular exchanges). But what happens when an ETF splits and why? We explore this topic below to help investors gain a better understanding of the concept [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The rapid expansion and development of the ETF industry has made it easy and cost-effective for mainstream investors to tap into virtually any asset class. And though there are many products out there that allow investors to add exposure to hyper-targeted markets, most utilize the investment vehicles as core holdings in their portfolios [see How To Pick The [...]

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The combination of looming uncertainty over the political crisis in Ukraine and a change in the Fed’s forward guidance following the latest FOMC statement was enough to put a lid on investors’ confidence and inspire sideways trading throughout the week. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a [...]

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U.S. benchmarks took a pause this week and pulled back from recent highs, as fears over global data and tensions in Ukraine sparked a harsh sell-off on Thursday. For now, investors and analysts will hold their breath as they await the latest comments from the Fed that will come on Wednesday of next week. The [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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