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ETF Technicals

It’s called the Coppock Curve – a rarely spoken of indicator that works quite well at providing long-term buy and sell signals for ETFs linked to major indices, which provide an easy way for investors to access a basket of well-known stocks. Using the Coppock Curve in conjunction with major index ETFs provides a simple solution for investors who are concerned about large drawdowns in their portfolio during major stock market declines. This method results in trades lasting 4.5 to 10 years, and has captured the bulk of trending moves since 1991, while also avoiding a significant portion of the crashes [see A Brief History of ETF Bubbles]. [click to continue…]

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Exchange-traded funds have become extremely popular over the past two decades, as investors have sought easier ways to invest across new markets and asset classes. With over a billion shares per day traded last year, ETFs account for nearly one-third of all dollar volume traded on U.S. exchanges. In this article, we’ll take a look at the role that liquidity plays and some things investors should consider [see How to Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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How to Swing Trade ETFs

by on January 15, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

While the long-term buy-and-hold strategy is favored by many more passive investors, savvy and active traders have also embraced another form of trading — swing trading. Swing traders attempt to capture the bulk of a price move, and they have gravitated en masse to using ETFs as their trading vehicle of choice thanks to the unparalleled liquidity, […]

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5 Chart Patterns Every ETF Trader Should Know

by on September 12, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios as the growing industry continues to spawn exciting and innovative products that encourage the democratization of the investment process. Thanks to the exchange-traded product structure, self-directed investors can now easily tap into virtually any asset class from around the globe without breaking the bank or requiring specialized knowledge. Aside from gaining […]

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Stocks are on a roll. Equity indexes climbed higher for a third day this week as bullish momentum kept the winning streak alive on Wall Street. Investors were cheerful to see Bank of America swing a fourth-quarter profit, although Morgan Stanley on the other hand missed estimates. Nonetheless, optimism prevailed thanks to encouraging data from […]

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The year 2011 is without a doubt going down in the books as one of the most tumultuous periods in recent financial history, with everything from natural disasters to looming debt drama sparking waves of uncertainty throughout the year. Despite its safe haven reputation, even gold fell victim to volatile trading; the precious metal has […]

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Equity markets snapped back and recovered losses from yesterday as investors were in a cheerful buying mood following better-than-expected housing data on the home front. Wall Street started and ended the day in green territory with industrial stocks leading the way higher followed closely by financials, while utilities lagged behind as investors increased their risk […]

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Traders sprang into risk-aversion mode as the Italian bond auction overseas rekindled worries and sparked a sell-off on Wall Street, ending the five day bull-run for domestic equity indexes. “A good test of the appetite for Italian debt will be tomorrow’s bond sales that have maturities past three years,” said Peter Boockvar, equity strategist at […]

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Wall Street got off to a fairly quiet start for the week as investors were reluctant to jump aboard the much anticipated Santa Claus rally. U.S. consumer confidence data surpassed expectations as the figure came in at 64.5, versus the previous month’s reading of 55.2. Despite improving prospects for the U.S. economic recovery, domestic equity […]

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Stock markets rebounded higher on Thursday as investors rejoiced over better-than-expected employment data on the home front. U.S. jobless claims fell to 364,000, marking the lowest number of people applying for unemployment benefits since April 2008. Bullish momentum on Wall Street was further bolstered by improving consumer sentiment, which also topped analyst expectations. Gold futures […]

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Investors were a bit anxious to jump into the equity markets on Wednesday ahead of the U.S. GDP report, while Oracle’s disappointing earnings didn’t do much in the way of restoring confidence. The European Central Bank laid out a $641 billion three-year loan program for the regions banks, in an effort to ensure liquidity and […]

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Euro zone worries took a backseat as investors instead turned their attention to the latest U.S. housing market data. The bulls came charging through Wall Street on Tuesday as new home starts in November surged to multi-month highs, showing signs of life in the battered down housing market. The Nasdaq charged ahead with a strong […]

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