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U.S. equities got off to a sour start this week, with Monday and Tuesday seeing major indexes end in the red. Stocks finally stabilized on Wednesday, even though economic data came in worse-than-expected: wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July versus analyst expectations of a 0.5% rise. In corporate news, all eyes were on Apple after the company unveiled its latest models of its iPhone as well as its new iWatch [see also Under the Hood of the Internet ETF (FDN)].

On the ETF front, State Street debuted its first actively managed fund. First Trust also launched an active long-short ETF, while PowerShares introduced its new “laddered” bond fund. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street kicked off the month of September on a mixed note, with equities taking a slide on Tuesday following Labor Day; historically, September has always been a bad month for stock markets. Investors have been keeping a close eye on Europe in recent months, especially focusing on conflicts between Ukraine and Russia [see Annual GDP Growth: A Good Predictor of Single-Country ETF Returns?]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street saw the S&P 500 Index logging in its first ever above-2,000 close this week, setting a new milestone in the stock market’s recent bull run. Also this week, investors digested several economic reports. Orders for durable goods surged 22.6% in July from the prior month, well above analyst expectations of 7.5% (but driven mostly […]

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Two new ETFs have hit the market over the last week, as the industry proves that investors are still focused on income at a time with record-low interest rates. First Trust and ProShares each rolled out products that focus on providing an income stream for investors, each with a unique strategy. We take a closer […]

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The ETF world saw a big step forward on the innovation front last week, as ProShares debuted two ETFs that utilize credit default swaps for their investment strategy: the CDS North American HY Credit ETF (TYTE) and the CDS Short North American HY Credit ETF (WYDE). These actively managed funds are the first of their kind and are arguably […]

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The ETF world continued to widen the investing universe this week, as two new funds debuted. There are now approximately 1,650 U.S.-listed ETFs that are currently active with well over $2 trillion in total assets. Though exchange traded products still have a ways to go before they de-throne mutual funds, their low cost and transparent […]

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This week, Wall Street digested the latest U.S. GDP data, which came in at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.0% in the second quarter. For the first half of 2014, the economy managed to eke out positive growth, expanding at a 0.9% pace [see How Well Do Defensive ETFs Actually Work?].

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As earnings season unfolds, markets continue to flirt with all-time highs. Despite skeptics looking for any reason to sell, the bull market has continued as benchmarks inch their way higher. Though most eyes have been fixated on the reports of some of the largest companies in the world, two new ETFs made their debut this […]

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It’s been a busy week for Wall Street, with investors digesting a slew of earnings and economic reports. On the earnings front, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Goldman Sachs, Intel managed to beat analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while Bank of America reported a 43% drop in profit, as well as a $650 million settlement with AIG […]

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In the dog days of summer, the ETF world tends to slow down, as markets often see less volume while investors take a breather to enjoy the nice weather. Likewise, ETF launches tend to slow down for a few months before picking up steam later in the year. Still, there are new products that are hitting […]

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After debuting the ETRACS Wells Fargo MLP Ex-Energy ETN (FMLP) earlier this month, UBS rolled out a leveraged version of the same product. Yesterday marked the official launch of the ETRACS Monthly Pay 2xLeveraged Wells Fargo MLP Ex-Energy ETN (LMLP), which adds leverage to an already unique strategy [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe […]

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Wall Street has been in for another round of up-and-down sessions so far this week, as investors digested several economic reports as well as escalating turmoil in Iraq. In economic news, the New York Federal Reserve’s Empire State index of manufacturing activity rose to 19.3 in May, while industrial production rose 0.6%. Investors also kept a close […]

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