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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions. [click to continue…]

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Contrarian investing is a well-known strategy in which an investor takes a position contrary to the majority of the investing world or against any prevailing trends. The methodology was perhaps stated best by Warren Buffett, who told investors to “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” While it can often be tough to go against the grain, contrarian-style investments often have large upside potential, making them especially attractive allocations. [click to continue…]

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The last six months have seen both the highest and lowest points in a variety of markets, and a flurry of economic data and announcements have promised to keep the rest of the year just as interesting. As we approach the halfway point for 2013, investors should take a moment to look back at the best […]

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Emerging markets have captivated investors for almost a decade when developed markets became a yield-barren investment. After years of pushing the limits of GDP growth and infrastructure spending, some emerging countries are finally losing steam. With the added stabilization in the European Union and U.S., investors have been abandoning their emerging holds in favor of past […]

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Following a three-day Presidents Day holiday weekend, bullish momentum reemerged on Wall Street as continued reports of corporate deal-making bolstered investor confidence. On the M&A front, shares of OfficeMax (OMX) and OfficeDepot (ODP) rallied after news that the two companies are reportedly in advanced talks to merge in a stock-for-stock deal hit the street. No major domestic […]

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As the ETF industry continues its rapid expansion, investors now have over 1,400 products to choose from to fit their every investment whim. But perhaps one of the key factors in selecting an appropriate fund is the level of diversification it offers to a portfolio. International and emerging market equity ETFs have certainly proven to […]

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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been recapping some of the best and worst ETF performers over the past year. Today, we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the previous year–2011– to see how they followed up their impressive (or depressing) years in 2012.  Many of the asset classes […]

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Throughout the past couple of years, investors have witnessed just how far and how deep the Euro Zone’s debt crisis has spread throughout the global financial market. As looming uncertainty and volatility continues to be a dominating force, many have flocked to their preferred “safe haven” investments, abandoning some of the more profitable and potentially lucrative corners of the market. […]

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Emerging markets have taken center stage in recent years as investors have become increasingly attracted to the lucrative opportunities presented in this corner of the market. Despite this recent trend, many have grown somewhat leery of several countries’ financial standings and of their ability to produce any kind of real return albeit their attractively high growth rates. One […]

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Van Eck, the firm that rolled out the first Indonesia ETF a little more than three years ago, introduced a complementary ETF today that will target small cap stocks in the emerging Asian economy. The Market Vectors Indonesia Small-Cap ETF (IDXJ) began trading on the NYSE Arca on Wednesday, becoming the first ETF to offer targeted […]

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iShares, by far the most active ETF issuer on the product development front to this point in 2012, continued the aggressive expansion of its international ETF lineup this week with the debut of a new product targeting small cap Indian stocks. The new MSCI India Small Cap Index Fund (SMIN) becomes the third product to […]

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Early ETF Stars Of 2012

by on January 26, 2012

The unfriendly economic landscape from 2011 has been gradually evolving into a much more optimistic environment in the new year as confidence has improved across the board. Better-than-expected corporate earnings, manufacturing output, housing sales, and encouraging employment reports have all paved the way higher for stocks as investors are rejoicing over clear cut signs of […]

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