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As investors grow more familiar with the exchange-traded product structure, many have started to utilize these instruments for tactical exposure and not just as buy-and-hold building blocks in their portfolios. After equity markets logged a stellar performance in 2013, volatility has rightfully been a key concern for many investors looking to navigate this year’s ups and downs on Wall Street. Andy O’Rourke, Managing Director and Chief Marketing Officer at Direxion, recently took time to discuss some of the headwinds that could plague markets in 2014, in addition to explaining the differences between two seemingly identical low-volatility strategies.  [click to continue…]

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2013 was largely dominated by a relentless bull market that saw the S&P 500 notch a gain of more than 30%, its best year in over a decade. But while many were focused on the gains of broad benchmarks, a number of funds and securities were having quite an interesting year – some good, some bad. Below, we take a look back at the 13 of the most interesting and unpredictable ETF charts from 2013 with some astonishing results that investors may have missed throughout the year [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Stocks responded with a last hour sell-off to yesterday’s FOMC announcement, yet again signaling uncertainty about how the expected stimulus reduction will actually impact equity markets. Looking ahead, major U.S. indexes still have an opportunity to climb to all-time highs before the end of the week as Friday’s monthly employment data may offer the much-needed […]

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Since the introduction of the S&P 500 ETF in January of 1993, the ETF industry has continued to gain popularity, offering investment products in almost every imaginable segment of the global economy. There are more than 1,400 ETF products on the market in the U.S., and almost 50 ETF issuers. Invesco PowerShares is one of those […]

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Did You Buy On The Dip?

by on April 20, 2013

Equity markets kicked off last week on a very sour note after worse-than-expected China GDP data opened up the gates for the bears on Wall Street. To top it off, extreme selling pressures in the gold market dented the bulls’ confidence altogether, prompting many to jump ship to Treasuries for much of the trading week. […]

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Yellow Metal In Bloody Red

by on April 15, 2013

Economic data managed to put a dent in investors’ confidence over the weekend after Chinese GDP data came in weaker-than-expected; the Asian powerhouse posted economic growth of 7.7% in the first quarter, falling short of the expected 8% reading as well as the previous figure of 7.9%. The continued sell-off in the precious metals market […]

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During uncertain times, investors gravitate toward lower volatility equities and ETFs, as there is generally less risk attached to these products due to their more stable price action. But even during calm and high growth times, low volatility equities and ETFs have benefits. Growth within the ETF industry now provides investors with highly liquid vehicles […]

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It’s pretty darn hard, if not altogether impossible, to read through any sort of financial publication these days without running across some mention of the S&P 500 Index. This revered benchmark has found its way onto the radar screens of countless investors and traders since its inception in 1957. More importantly, the proliferation of ETFs has […]

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ETFs Then And Now

by on December 19, 2012

As the calendars get ready to flip to 2013, another chapter in the relatively short history of ETFs will be written. Next year will mark the official 20th birthday for ETFs, as SPY will enter its third decade as a publicly traded security. It’s remarkable to see just how much the ETF industry has changed […]

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Major equity indexes have been grinding higher all week on hopes that policymakers in Washington D.C. will agree to steer in the same direction before we drive off the “fiscal cliff.” The Federal Reserve put pressure on gridlocked politicians during yesterday’s FOMC statement during which Chairman Bernanke noted that the Fed doesn’t have the necessary […]

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Stocks continue to drift sideways with an upward bias as cautious optimism surrounding the looming “fiscal cliff” has proven to be a dominant theme on Wall Street. Choppy trading has become the norm as mixed data releases have kept a lid on confidence, including lackluster ISM and factory orders data coupled with upbeat construction spending […]

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As we barrel towards the Niagara Falls of all fiscal cliffs, investors seem fairly certain that additional volatility is in store for the next few months. What is less clear, however, are the strategies that can be effective in insulating portfolios from a surge in uncertainty-related volatility over the next several weeks [see also Free Report: How […]

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