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In the last few years, investors have slowly found their way back to equity markets as more lucrative opportunities continue to present themselves. And with more and more investors adopting higher risk tolerances, bullish momentum has undoubtedly become a dominant force on Wall Street, pushing equity markets into uncharted territory. And though across the board, most corners of the equity market have flourished in recent years, there have been certain sectors that have continuously outperformed while others have missed the mark [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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A week of mixed earnings and economic reports had U.S. equities ending flat for the week, though stocks managed to eke out small gains during today’s session. In corporate news, Expedia (EXPE) missed earnings and revenue forecasts, while Zynga (ZNGA) posted a bigger-than-expected third quarter loss. Online retail giant Amazon (AMZN) missed the mark, while Starbucks (SBUX) beat analyst forecasts. Meanwhile in economic news, Thomson-Reuters and University of Michigan’s consumer-sentiment index unexpectedly rose [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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With major U.S. equity indexes continuing to push into uncharted territory, 2013 has undoubtedly brought back bullish momentum in full force. As investors pile back into equities, certain corners of the market that were once hammered by the 2008 financial crisis are now finally showing signs of life. Cyclical industries in particular have benefited significantly from this […]

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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 month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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If the economic recovery effort can be thought of as a relay race, the governments of the world are nearing the end of their leg. After propping up the economy with massive stimulus programs and unprecedented injections of liquidity into global financial markets, cash-strapped government leaders are now looking to pass the baton to consumers, […]

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With interest rates still hovering just above zero and growing concerns over an unavoidable uptick in inflation, many investors are anticipating that the Federal Reserve will have no choice but to raise rates from their historically low levels in the near future. Ben Bernanke, the Chairman of the Fed, recently unveiled a strategy to unwind […]

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Fun And Games With ETFs

by on October 27, 2009

Over the last few years, ETFs have seen a tremendous surge in use and popularity among all breeds of investors for a number of reasons. Some are attracted to the low costs. Others value the tax efficiency and liquidity. I love ETFs (in part) because they facilitate a “top-down” approach to investing. Picking individual stocks […]

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Over the last year, swine flu has been the news story that just won’t die. After an early initial scare, H1N1 faded into the background of the minds of many for several months, before returning in full force as flu season approached. Of course, the threat posed by the disease never really diminished, and health […]

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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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Swine Flu In Focus: Four ETFs To Watch

by on June 12, 2009 | Updated June 18, 2009

With the WHO’s announcement that it has officially declared an H1N1 flu pandemic – the first global flu epidemic in 41 years – swine flu has Wall Street’s full attention once again. Disease fears had mostly faded from the mind of many investors, despite numerous warnings that we weren’t yet fully in the clear. While […]

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