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ETF Trading Education

These days it seems like there is an ETF for just about anything you can possibly imagine. Investors have more options available at their fingertips than ever before. No matter what kind of investor you are, or where you place your focus, there is almost undoubtedly a perfect ETF for you. Below, we outline the best fit ETF for a number of different investor types and mindsets [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free ETFdb Daily Roundup]: [click to continue…]

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How to Play Defense During Bull Markets

by on October 27, 2014 | Updated December 8, 2014

When equity markets are charging ahead, one of the toughest challenges for investors is being able to shift gears when volatility enters the picture. Furthermore, realizing that sometimes a defensive position is needed during a bull market is often difficult, given the desire to lean towards riskier securities to maximize gains. For those looking for ways to play defensive during bull markets, we highlight several ETFs that can act as a buffer during volatile times [see also How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?]. [click to continue…]

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When making any investment decision, one of the first things that comes to mind is how much risk you are willing to take on. With each decision, there is a risk/return tradeoff that is unique to each investor, meaning this profile identifies how much an investor is willing to risk to capture a larger profit. No […]

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ETFs have greatly democratized and simplified the investment process over the years, making it easy and cost-effective for anyone with a brokerage account to employ virtually any sort of strategy. Along the way, the exchange-traded product structure has become more or less synonymous with the concept of “passive” investing; while countless traders have also embraced ETFs, it’s […]

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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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In some instances, strong GDP growth has fueled bull markets, while in other cases, these two seemingly-correlated investment factors have not behaved as many would expect.

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Over the years, exchange-traded funds have become popular with investors and traders alike. Whether these products are used for building long-term, buy-and hold portfolios, to establish tactical tilts, or for intraday trading, Wall Street continues to find new ways to utilize ETFs. In this piece, however, we’re stepping outside the box, highlighting three “unconventional” uses […]

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A black swan event is one that is unprecedented and unexpected; they take swarms of people by surprise and have a pronounced impact. These can be both positive and negative events, though the term has become more associated with negativity. A number of these events have impacted the investing world over the years, creating a […]

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We have isolated six of the biggest corrections since the market bottomed out in 2009. Next, we profile the returns for a number of defensive ETFs, starting from the relative broad market peak through the lowest point of each correction

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ETFs have simplified and democratized the investment process by leaps and bounds over the years. These financial instruments have helped to open up doors to strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for most self-directed investors; however, with innovation also comes complexity, and ETFs are no exception to this rule [see 101 ETF Lessons […]

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Exchanged-traded products have been embraced by money mangers of all sizes in recent years thanks to their ease-of-use, transparency, and unparalleled cost-efficiency. The exchange-traded product structure has also caught the attention of countless active traders, who require liquidity and diversity in offerings above all. The fact that ETFs trade intraday like stocks is a major draw […]

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Traders and investors of all walks have embraced ETFs over the years for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and the sheer diversity in offerings that continues to grow. The benefits of exchange-traded products over their mutual fund counterparts extends beyond the well-known laundry list that makes them the preferred investment vehicle for many; more specifically, the intraday liquidity of ETFs allows […]

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