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Since ETFs were introduced in 1993, the investing world has endured numerous recessions and a number of groundbreaking events that forever shifted how assets are allocated. While some years have seen markets prosper, others have watched them slip into a tailspin, dragging down various economies with them. From the bursting of the internet bubble to the collapse of the housing market, ETFs have certainly seen their fair share of harsh times [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities ended near session lows after several disappointing economic reports curbed bullish momentum today. The Labor Department reported a surprise uptick in jobless benefits, which posted the biggest one-week increase since November. Meanwhile U.S. building permits topped analysts’ expectations, while housing starts for April declined, posting its weakest reading since November. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia’s May index of business activity also fell unexpectedly. Investors also paid close attention to Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco President John Williams comments, which indicated that he is open to the central bank scaling back its bond-buying program in coming months [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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The technology sector is often associated with delivering lucrative returns, while at the same time having a rather risky reputation. Some even consider the industry as one of the last “growth” frontiers left in the market, as innovation continues to be the driving force behind rapid product development and a constant effort to boost efficiency. […]

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Tech ETFs And CES 2013

by on January 9, 2013

Right as the shopping season ends, its once again time for manufactures to come up with next year’s big things, and first to arrive is the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas. Starting January 8 thousands of tech heads will swarm to Las Vegas for CES 2013, which promises to feature some of the most innovative […]

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In the quickly evolving world of technology, it’s hard to know what the next big thing will be and how to get ahead of the crowd. Forbes writer Eric Savitz recently highlighted research group Garner’s attempt at this guessing game with a list of their Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends For 2013, featuring ideas that […]

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As earnings season comes to a close, investors have just a few more big name reports before another three month lull. So far, this most recent slew of earnings has been so-so, with a number of bellwether firms both meeting and missing their respective analyst targets. Many had hoped that a strong earnings season would help offset some of […]

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Markets are off to a bland week as a mixture of overseas drama and lower than expected data on the home front have combined to put a halt to the nice rally that 2012 had brought. Amidst all of the drama, Wall Street has been circulating rumors of a Facebook IPO and it seems likely […]

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As the ETF industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the past few years, innovation has been a recurring theme in the space. Although some of the new exchange-traded products now hitting the market offer access to “plain vanilla” asset classes and indexes, the ETF expansion has been fueled primarily by first-to-market products that […]

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Last week was turbulent one for equities as the Greek debt situation dominated headlines. The week opened up on a dismal note as the news came that a Greek referendum was in place in regards to the planned bailout package. Equities tanked for the following two days, only to recover on the Fed’s comments, or […]

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This past week featured yet another wild ride for equities as a number of factors combined to jolt markets up and down. The euro-zone saw heightened fears of default early in the week, as major indexes abroad lost more than 4% to open trading. Late in the week, one of the top ECB leaders stepped […]

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Fear is the name of the game on Wall Street as worries over growth and the quality of sovereign debt have sent markets reeling over the last few days. First the downgrade of U.S. debt by S&P hit the markets hard and now concerns are beginning to build over Europe’s second largest economy, France, as […]

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The growth of the ETP lineup to 1,300 products and beyond has been fueled largely by the development–and success–of funds other than the “plain vanilla” offerings that offer exposure to well known stock and bond indexes. As the ETF industry has grown in size, it has also become more granular in nature; many of the […]

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