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The ETF world is continually growing, making it more and more difficult for investors of all disciplines to keep up. In an effort to shed more light on some of the more unique products out there, we take a dive into the Large Cap Core AlphaDEX Fund (FEX) from First Trust. [click to continue…]

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Originally created for buy-and-hold investors looking for cost-effective ways to diversify their portfolios, ETFs have gained popularity among active traders as well; these financial instrument have proven to be responsive and liquid, serving as viable trading vehicles for those looking to implement any number of shorter-term strategies. With innovation also comes complexity, however, and ETFs are no different, as some of these financial instruments bear greater company-specific risk than others [Download Free Report: How To Buy The Right ETF Every Time].

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Apple (AAPL) has been one of the best performing stocks of the last several years, and has also become one of the most widely followed companies ever. The stock has been climbing sharply higher, recently piercing through the $600 level–a feat that just a few years ago would have seemed impossible. Given the red hot […]

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The AlphaDEX ETFdb Portfolio is now available to ETFdb Pro members, offering an option for those seeking to build a well-diversified portfolio comprised of ETFs from the AlphaDEX suite. This ETFdb portfolio is intended for those with a long-term investment horizon as it includes a heavier tilt towards equity holdings, although the fundamental screening process […]

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Despite bleeding billions of dollars during the recent chaotic stretch on Wall Street, the S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) is still the largest exchange-traded product in the world; with more than $75 billion in assets, the popular fund is larger than the GDP of many countries. A big chunk of the assets in SPY are held […]

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To this point, much of the tremendous growth in the ETF industry–we now have close to 1,200 U.S.-listed exchange-traded products with aggregate assets approaching $1.1 trillion–has been attributable to “passive” products; those that seek to replicate the benchmark of an index. Several actively-managed ETFs have debuted in recent years, but investor response to these products […]

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The impressive rise of the ETF industry in recent years is often held out as evidence of an ongoing shift in investor preferences away from costly active management and towards low cost indexing. Investors frustrated with the inability of pricey mutual fund managers to consistently beat their benchmark have abandoned stock picking in favor of […]

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Beyond SPY: Nine Alternatives To S&P 500 ETFs

by on April 21, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

When ETFs began to make their way into the investing mainstream, almost all products were “plain vanilla” funds linked to well known stock benchmarks, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500. But as the popularity of ETFs has surged, so too has the number of product offerings, with approximately 30 issuers now […]

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At the core of many investor portfolios is an allocation to large cap, U.S.-listed equities. With market capitalizations usually exceeding $10 billion, large cap stocks generally have long operating histories, stable operations, and large amounts of cash on hand, making them less risky investments than small and mid cap firms. Moreover, although domestic large caps […]

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In the summer of 1992, Eugene Fama and Kenneth French published “The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns” in The Journal of Finance, a groundbreaking analysis that prompted financial presses to run headlines declaring “beta is dead.” While the death sentence may have been a bit severe, it struck a significant blow to a widely-accepted and […]

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