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Major equity benchmarks endured a choppy trading week thanks to uneventful earnings releases and a lack of major developments in the overseas conflict between Russia and Ukraine. All in all, the lack of both good and bad news kept many investors on the sidelines while traders paved the way for back-and-forth swings on Wall Street. 

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Major equity benchmarks advanced higher this week thanks to upbeat economic releases on the homefront and a lack of worrisome developments regarding the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Investors cheered on better-than-expected pending home sales data and upbeat employment numbers from ADP, and the ISM manufacturing index beat expectations on Thursday [see also ETF Pick of the Month: One Way to Get Defensive in May Without Selling]. 

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Bullish pressures quietly persisted on Wall Street this past week as major equity indexes inched higher amid low trading volumes. Throughout the week, investors digested a slew of earnings from big-name tech stocks, including upbeat results from Netflix and Apple; on the economic front, results were mixed, including a big miss in new home sales […]

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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 […]

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101 #ETFFunFacts

by on April 17, 2014 | Updated April 22, 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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ETF Pick of the Month: Without a Catalyst, This Commodity ETF Could Falter

by on April 2, 2014 | Updated May 6, 2014

We are recommending a new short  position for the month ahead, which looks to take advantage of this year’s rally in a particular corner of the commodities market. Below, we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and […]

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The PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF was the first of its kind, offering exposure to the small cap silver mining world. Though it struggled in 2013, the fund has come roaring back this year, outdoing much of its competition and catching the eye of investors everywhere. We had the opportunity to speak with Andrew Chanin […]

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A growing number of traders are looking to technical analysis tools to help them trade the ETF universe, which now extends to almost every financial niche imaginable. The Fibonacci Retracement tool is available on most charting platforms and can help traders find entry points in ETFs. Like any indicator, it shouldn’t be used in isolation, […]

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When the Federal Reserve first dropped the hint last year at the end of May that it intends to start reducing the pace of its monthly bond-repurchases, major equity indexes, especially those in emerging markets, dropped like hot potatoes. The mere thought of the “free money era” dwindling to an end was enough to spark […]

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Over the last few years, gold has become one of the most polarizing assets in the investing world. After surging to new highs in mid 2011, the precious metal had investors and analysts alike clamoring for more gains. The commodity suffered a correction in 2013, finally ending a 12-year bull-run while invoking the interest of […]

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With ETFs linked to nearly every commodity imaginable, previously hard-to-invest-in commodities now have the potential to be house-hold investments. While you used to need a futures trading account to trade oil, now anyone with an equity trading account can buy an oil ETF; same goes for gold as well as a host of other commodities […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects January 21st Edition

by on January 21, 2014 | Updated February 3, 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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