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 front, this season is off to a fairly soft start seeing as how many bellwethers set low expectations during the last round of earnings, thereby making it less likely that they’ll post disappointing results this time around.

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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 time to choose the right tech ETF for you, the options can be a bit overwhelming, as there are over 30 options to choose from. [click to continue…]

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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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Bad Investor Behavior: Overemphasizing Experience

April 14, 2014

John Keats once famously noted, “Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: April 14th Edition

April 14, 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 14th Edition

April 14, 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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Re-Visiting the ETF Graveyard: 10 Unique ETFs That Didn’t Make the Cut

April 14, 2014

There is no denying that the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY’s debut in 1993. With over 1,500 products to choose from, the possibilities are essentially endless for investors, as the low-cost and efficient ETF wrapper allows investors to tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe [see Foreign ETFs: [...]

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High-Yield Prospects: April 13th Edition

April 13, 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: April 12th Edition

April 12, 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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