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With over 1,600 exchange traded products to choose from, investors have access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From hyper-targeted funds, to unique quant-based strategies, to plain-vanilla core building blocks, ETFs invest in essentially every type of security [see 7 Underappreciated Core ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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For Wall Street, the technology sector has been one of the most rewarding–yet frustrating–industries to invest in, as this corner of the market goes through periods of rapid revolutions, booms, and busts. But for those willing to stomach the risk, technology investments are some of the most promising, as developments made by these companies can impact a wide array of industries, making them more efficient and ultimately more profitable. The key to successfully capturing the industry’s success is to stay on top of all the latest tech news and developments, including even the more “far-fetched” innovations [see The Best (And Worst) Performing ETFs For Every Quarter]. [click to continue…]

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As Twitter has become a more popular social media platform, its influence over the external world has been skyrocketing, especially when it comes to the investing space. In the past few years, we have seen markets react swiftly and sometimes violently to tweets sent out from powerful users – and sometimes to bogus users and […]

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The summer slump continued on Wall Street, as investors weighed a slew of mixed earnings reports against strong housing data. New home sales for June were reported to have risen 8.3% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 497,000; analysts were expecting a rate of 485,000. In earnings news, tech giant Apple (AAPL) easily beat […]

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Dovish comments from Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke sent U.S. equities surging higher today, finishing near record levels. In his press conference after the closing bell on Wednesday, Bernanke stated that monetary policy would remain accomodative for the foreseeable future, even if the unemployment rate fell to the central bank’s target rate of 6.5%. In economic […]

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Sony and Microsoft both announced earlier this Spring that the companies will be releasing new editions of their popular gaming consoles. The Xbox One from Microsoft was announced in late May and has already faced harsh backlash from consumers for a number of changes to the system, but it has also been praised for the […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA , iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist With global equities up more than 25% since their bottom last June, many investors are wondering: “Is it too late to move cash from the sidelines? Should I wait for a pullback?” My answer to both questions: no, with a caveat. As I write in my latest Market […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA, iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist One beneficiary of the 2013 US stock market rally: defensive sectors. Until recently, classic defensive sectors like utilities, healthcare and consumer staples outperformed as investors were just starting to dip their toes back into stocks focused on those parts of the market many considered safer and less volatile. But, […]

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Stocks bounced back from yesterday’s broad sell-off after a key labor report and eurozone developments helped propel U.S. equities. According to the Labor Department, Americans applying for unemployment benefits fell to its lowest level in over five years, while initial jobless claims also fell to 324,000, compared to the expected 345,000 figure. Investors, however, remain […]

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The first quarter of 2013 earnings season has taken over the headlines, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Of the trends seen so far this season, firms missing revenue expectations seems to be a predominant one; many companies have beaten profits not because revenues are up, but because costs have decreased. However, some firms have […]

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U.S. equities slid today after a highly-anticipated labor report came in below expectations. Though buyers stepped in to snatch up downtrodden shares later in the session, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq still logged their worst one-week declines this year. Weighing heavily on the market, the report from the Labor Department showed employers added 88,000 jobs […]

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Yesterday’s M&A-induced euphoria quickly faded after the minutes from the most recent FOMC meeting were released. The Fed announced that it will continue purchasing $85 billion a month of mortgage-backed and Treasury securities, as they feel the larger economic landscape still possesses several red flags. The minutes showed that policymakers remain divided on the central bank’s exit strategy, forcing Wall Street […]

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