A confluence of factors helped U.S. equities rebound more than 12% from their October low, pushing valuations to their highest level since 2009. Besides extraordinary foreign central bank monetary stimulus (with the latest shot of adrenaline coming from China) and a fresh wave of mergers and acquisitions, I discuss in my new weekly commentary how low and stable U.S. interest rates are another significant driver of the rally. Income-oriented stocks have appreciated considerably and now appear overvalued as investors continue their reach for income in this low yield environment. [click to continue…]

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The proliferation of ETFs has brought countless strategies to the fingertips of average investors in recent years; through the use of a single ticker, virtually anyone with an online brokerage account can access a variety of asset classes from all around the globe or tap into a professionally managed portfolio that was once simply unreachable by self-directed investors [see also 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. 

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Inside This Year’s M&A Boom and the IQ Merger Arbitrage ETF (MNA)

November 25, 2014

Since the start of 2014, Wall Street has witnessed one of the most active mergers and acquisition booms in some time. With only a little more than a month to go, so far this year’s global merger tally already tops $3 trillion, with U.S. M&A activity accounting for $1.5 trillion. According to Dealogic, the current dollar […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: November 24th Edition

November 24, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects: November 24th Edition

November 24, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Contrarian ETF Opportunities in Today’s Market

November 24, 2014

Markets are sitting near all-time highs, and despite all of the bumps along the road, it seems that the bull run has yet to be disbanded. While this has been great for those who have been invested for some time, it makes it difficult for those who wish to put their money somewhere, as it is […]

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High-Yield Prospects: November 23rd Edition

November 23, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Best & Worst Weekly Performers: November 22nd Edition

November 22, 2014

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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ETF Scorecard – November 21st Edition

November 21, 2014

Much to the bears’ frustrations, the bulls remain in the driver’s seat although their foot has eased off on the gas pedal considerably over the past two weeks. Overseas, the ECB dropped another hint of expanding stimulus while upbeat sentiment data from Germany helped to spark a minor rally across the currency bloc. At home, […]

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Global X Debuts China Bonds ETF (CHNB)

November 20, 2014

Wall Street started off the week on a relatively positive note, with the S&P 500 managing to log in a record close. Though Tuesday saw another day of record closes by the S&P 500 and the Dow, equities cooled off from highs by Wednesday in anticipation of the Federal Reserve’s minutes release. In economic news, the […]

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U.S. Economy: The Disconnect between Reality and Perception

November 19, 2014

By most measures, the U.S. economy is improving. Recent economic reports revealed two encouraging facts: The United States just experienced the best back-to-back quarters of growth since 2003 and fewer Americans are filing for unemployment benefits than at any time in the past 14 years.

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ETF Issuer Solutions Welcomes Industry Newcomers

November 18, 2014

ETF Issuer Solutions has brought forth a comprehensive platform designed to help investment managers bring their strategies to market. In this Q&A, president William Smalley shared his firm’s story, their objective, as well as insights about the industry as a whole.

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