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Exchange-traded funds have taken the market by storm, with more than $1.5 trillion in assets under management across more than 3,000 securities. These ETFs provide everyday investors with exposure to previously inaccessible corners of the market, while enabling them to build a diversified and low-fee stock portfolio both quickly and easily [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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For many investors, March 9, 2009 was a major turning point; on that day the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed below 6,550, capping a disastrous stretch that had erased billions of dollars from portfolios around the world. Fortunately, that proved to be the low point of the recent recession; the next day markets rallied, and continued to move generally higher throughout the end of the year.

So it should be no surprise that most ETFs offering exposure to risky asset classes now boast impressive three year return figures; most are well into positive territory, and many have more than doubled over the past 36 months or so. What is perhaps surprising is the list of the best performers in the three years following the depths of the recession; some of the ETFs that have delivered the most impressive returns over this period are not household names, and cover asset classes that might not have been expected to climb quite so high:  [click to continue…]

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Though the year is still very young, 2012 has gotten off to a promising start for investors. Major stock indexes have generally climbed higher throughout the first few weeks thanks to a number of encouraging data releases and reduced anxiety over the potential fallout from the European debt crisis [see also Early ETF Stars of [...]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on [...]

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Looking Overseas For Opportunities

by on June 13, 2011

After a sixth consecutive week of losses, investors will be looking for some indication that the steady losses have been a bit of overkill and that a bounce back is warranted in coming sessions. Equity markets have tumbled past key technical and psychological levels in recent weeks, and anxiety is once again running high both [...]

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With equity markets surging in July, many investors had hoped that the U.S. was finally pulling itself out of its nearly two year economic malaise. Private job hiring numbers in ADP’s report were solid, and concerns over the European debt situation seemed to be moderating as investors focus their attention elsewhere. Despite these initial positives, [...]

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Starbucks’ announcement after the close Tuesday that it walloped the Street’s earnings expectations for its fiscal third quarter (as well as strong fourth quarter and fiscal 2010 earnings guidance) sent its stock higher, as shares of SBUX jumped nearly 10% in after hours trading. But the earnings report isn’t good news for just Starbucks: it might [...]

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