ETF Scorecard – April 11th Edition

April 11, 2014

Following a worrisome close last week, major equity indexes managed to rebound in the first half of the week thanks to reassuring words from policymakers; optimism returned to Wall Street as the latest Fed minutes release emphasized that accommodative policy is still its top priority. Amid the rebound, however, profit taking pressures still resonated strongly, [...]

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Early Bird Doesn’t Get the Social Security Worm

April 10, 2014

Here’s an eye-opening statistic: 73% of Americans who are collecting Social Security (SS) today are receiving less than their full benefit. That’s right — they may not be getting their just deserts.

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Seasonal Tendencies You Can Trade with ETFs

April 10, 2014

An expanding number of ETFs, combined with the computational power to find seasonal tendencies in the stock market, means ETF traders can utilize these tendencies for trade selection and timing. Seasonal tendencies occur for varying reasons, such as an elevated mood heading into Christmas, seasonal changes, or short-term phenomenon such as one day of the [...]

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ETFs with 5-Year Losing Streaks

April 9, 2014

Since markets bottomed in March of 2009, few assets have let up in their relentless run, as the recent bull market has been one of the strongest in recent history. Still, while funds like SPY and DIA have been roaring forward, not all ETFs have been able to enjoy the same success. After taking a [...]

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10 of the Best ETF Trades of All Time

April 8, 2014

We take a stroll down memory lane with perfect hindsight and look at some of the best ETF trades of all time, highlighting their performance as well as any noteworthy lessons from each case.

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Yawn of an Employment Report? Think Again

April 7, 2014

Most of the narrative surrounding the latest jobs report has been that the number was mildly disappointing, but nothing extraordinary. That may be right, but it’s missing the point—there is something extraordinary here: we are still seeing such anemic job growth despite GDP growth that is expected to improve, excess corporate cash and a significant [...]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects April 7th Edition

April 7, 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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Sell On The Pop Prospects April 7th Edition

April 7, 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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What Ever Happened to Coal ETFs?

April 7, 2014

During both of President Obama’s election campaigns, energy seemed to be one of the hottest topics of debate. Both sides of the political fence argued for continued growth and expansion of the U.S. energy industry; the ideal means of achieving this goal, however, were quite different according to each candidate [see Energy Equity ETFs: 4 Things [...]

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High-Yield Prospects April 6th Edition

April 6, 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 5th Edition

April 5, 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 – April 4th Edition

April 4, 2014

Markets have struggled to find positive momentum in 2014, but this week saw a glimmer of hope, as SPY hit a record close of $188.86 on Wednesday. For the most part, all eyes have been fixated on today’s unemployment numbers, which will come out in just a few hours. Thus far in 2014, harsh winter [...]

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