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 countless portfolios. On the other end of the spectrum, actively-managed ETFs haven’t exactly been in the spotlight as many criticize their above-average expense ratios and failure to deliver exceptional returns. While this may be true for some, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS).

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The recent rumble on Wall Street coupled with looming fears over rising interest rates has prompted many investors to re-examine their portfolios. More specifically, 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. We recently had an opportunity to talk with David Fabian, a managing partner at FMD Capital Management, whose firm specializes in actively managed ETF portfolios.

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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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Sell On The Pop Prospects: October 20th Edition

October 20, 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 20th Edition

October 20, 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 19th Edition

October 19, 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 18th Edition

October 18, 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 17th Edition

October 17, 2014

The bears have managed to remain in control on Wall Street as evidenced by persistent profit-taking pressures, short-lived rebounds, and an uptick in volatility. Throughout the week, investors also digested less-than-stellar economic data releases, adding to the headwinds; this included worse-than-expected retail sales and regional manufacturing data as well as a decline in the home builders […]

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Vident Financial Debuts Bond ETF (VBND)

October 16, 2014

Vident Financial expanded its ETF lineup today, making the move into the fixed income space. The issuer was previously known for two funds, the International Equity Fund (VIDI), and the Core U.S. Equity ETF (VUSE). Both of these funds have been relatively successful, which bodes well for the product Vident launched this morning [for more ETF news […]

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The Beginning of a Bear Market?

October 15, 2014

As of Monday’s close, the S&P 500 was down roughly 6.5% year-to-date, while the broader global MSCI ACWI Index was down around 9% in dollar terms. Meanwhile, other segments of the market are already in correction territory (down 10% or more year-to-date). Emerging markets were off 10% at the lows, U.S. small caps down 13% […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: October 13th Edition

October 13, 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 13th Edition

October 13, 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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