The United States Natural Gas Fund (UNG, B) is among the most heavily-traded ETFs in the world. Tracking front-month NG futures, UNG has solidified its place as a trader’s delight, featuring hefty volatility and strong liquidity. As natural gas remains one of the most unpredictable and turbulent commodities, so too does UNG, as the ETF has become well-known for its frequent daily movements [for more ETF news and analysis check out our Daily ETF Roundup]. [click to continue…]

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As investors grow more familiar with the exchange-traded product structure, many have started to utilize these instruments for tactical exposure and not just as buy-and-hold building blocks in their portfolios. After equity markets logged a stellar performance in 2013, volatility has rightfully been a key concern for many investors looking to navigate this year’s ups and downs on Wall Street. Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, recently took time to discuss some of the headwinds that could plague markets in 2014, in addition to explaining the differences between two seemingly identical low-volatility strategies.  [click to continue…]

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Tying the (Financial) Knot: 5 Must-Ask Questions for Couples

April 21, 2014

Wedding season is just around the corner—a time when the birds are chirping, love is in the air… and fiancées need to talk finances.

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: April 21st Edition

April 21, 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: April 21st Edition

April 21, 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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Why ETFs Are Better than Mutual Funds, in Two Charts

April 21, 2014

Though some may disagree, exchange-traded funds have certainly proved their worth over the years. With more than 1,500 products to choose from, more and more investors have turned to the ETF wrapper, embracing the vehicles’ low-costs, efficiency, and many other advantages. Consequently, total assets of the ETF industry have swelled to over $1.7 trillion [see [...]

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ETF Scorecard – April 18th Edition

April 18, 2014

Bullish pressures returned to Wall Street, following a choppy finish to the week prior. Major equity indexes were able to rebound modestly after investors digested better-than-expected retail sales data along with upbeat Philly Fed numbers. Volatility still permeated the markets, as investors kept a close watch on developments between Ukraine and Russia. On the earnings [...]

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5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Technology ETF

April 17, 2014

Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall Street continues to buzz about a number of tech firms that are continually rolling out never-before-seen products. When it comes [...]

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101 #ETFFunFacts

April 17, 2014

With nearly $3 trillion in total global assets, it is clear that these vehicles are here to stay. To better educate our audience, we offer 101 ETF fun facts that many investors probably are not aware of.

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TrimTabs Insights: What “Float-Shrink” Means to Investors

April 16, 2014

The ongoing expansion and evolution of the exchange-traded universe has helped bring previously difficult-to-reach asset classes and strategies to the fingertips of self-directed investors. One of the more compelling strategies that has caught our attention after beating the market in 2013 is the methodology behind the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF . Minyi Chen, the portfolio [...]

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Recent Political Crises and ETFs: A Brief History

April 16, 2014

From boom to bust to bubble, the ups and downs on Wall Street have proven to be a blessing for some investors’ portfolios and a curse for others. Calling the tops and picking the bottoms in the market is an easy chore, only in retrospect of course. While it’s true that past performance is no [...]

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How to Spot a Sector Rotation with ETFs

April 15, 2014

Making the right call on whether we’re headed for a bull or bear market is only half the battle; knowing which sectors are poised to outperform, given the prevailing economic conditions, is how many professional money managers “beat the market.” Commonly referred to as sector rotation, this timeless investing approach revolves around picking market leaders [...]

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