Global X teamed up with JPMorgan’s indexes to launch two new fund-of-funds last week, marking two unique entries into the ETF world. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities have experienced several volatile trading sessions over the last few weeks, as global economic concerns and this season’s earnings results continue to weigh heavily on investors. So far, over 200 of the S&P 500 companies have reported their quarterly results, putting the benchmark on track to log in a 5.6% growth in earnings for the third quarter, well above the estimated 4.5% [see also ETF Spotlight: U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL)]. [click to continue…]

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Three Reasons Interest Rates Could Stay Low, and What This Means for Portfolios

October 28, 2014

If you are in or near retirement, you know it’s been hard earning income on your investments in recent years. Unfortunately, I don’t see it getting much easier in the next few years. I expect the 10-year Treasury yield to finish the year between 2.5% and 2.75% and to trend higher to 3% over the intermediate […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: October 27th Edition

October 27, 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: October 27th Edition

October 27, 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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High-Yield Prospects: October 26th Edition

October 26, 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: October 25th Edition

October 25, 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 – October 24th Edition

October 24, 2014

The bulls have managed to return to Wall Street with full force, as evidenced by the steep rebound that matched the equally steep sell-off since the lows seen on October 15th. Corporate earnings season is still well underway, and for the time being, according to data compiled by FactSet, it appears that the majority of companies are […]

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Newcomer ValueShares Launches Quant Fund (QVAL); Recon Capital Adds Second ETF (DAX)

October 23, 2014

Following a three day rally, equity markets took a breather on Wednesday, after what has been a tumultuous few weeks on Wall Street. On the earnings front, International Business Machines (IBM), McDonald’s (MCD) and Coca-Cola (KO) reported worse-than-expected results, while Boeing (BA) and Apple (AAPL) managed to beat analyst estimates.  In ETF news, newcomer ValueShares […]

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ETF Spotlight: TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS)

October 22, 2014

The ETF industry continues to evolve, as more unique products make their debut; however, the exchange-traded landscape is still dominated by passive, index-based instruments. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because after all, investors have embraced this product wrapper for its unparalleled ease-of-use and cost-efficiency, with many of these funds earning themselves the reputation as “core holdings” in […]

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How to Build an Income Portfolio with ETFs: Insights from David Fabian

October 21, 2014

Investors who rely on the current income stream from their portfolios have likely been thinking of prudent ways to more favorably re-position their holdings over the coming months. In this Q&A, David Fabian from FMD Capital Management offers his insights on how investors can utilize ETFs to build an income portfolio.

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Don’t Get Dinged by Taxes when Making a Move

October 20, 2014

In my last post, I talked about how some investors use fixed income exchange traded funds (ETFs) as an investment bridge – a place to put money when moving between managers or making other portfolio changes. Two of the main reasons we see ETFs used in this way are index tracking and liquidity. But there’s […]

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