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10 of the Best ETF Trades of All Time

by on April 8, 2014 | Updated April 28, 2014

Timing the market has fascinated, frustrated, and confused the heck out of countless investors. Whether you’re a self-directed trader or a professional money manager, it’s very likely you’ve found yourself looking through charts, thinking: if only I could’ve had a piece of that trend! While it’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, there is still a great deal of insights to be extracted from analyzing past booms and busts on Wall Street [see A Brief History of ETF Bubbles].

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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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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and […]

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This year has shaped up to be quite kind to investors as major equity indexes are holding onto double-digit gains ahead of the anticipated Santa Claus rally. Much to the bears’ frustration, the U.S. economy has continued its slow and steady expansion while the Federal Reserve’s commitment to an accommodative monetary policy continues to resonate […]

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The ups and downs on Wall Street have long been a foe of the inexperienced investor, while veterans have come to embrace the wild swings as opportunities to re-position for the next bull run. This decade alone has seen more than a handful of booms and busts all over the investment landscape, setting the scene […]

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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 […]

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Alternative energy has been a hot button issue for the last 50 year,s and investors have always found a way to play this heated market. In the last decade, there has been the launch of a number of ETFs that offer a specialized basket of products for alternative energy exposure, with 12 of these funds […]

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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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U.S. equities had somewhat of a relief rally today, following last week’s broad sell-off. Boosting equities were several better-than-expected earnings reports from the energy, materials, and technology sectors. Haliburton (HAL) shares were among the top gainers today after the oil field services company reported earnings that came in well above expectations. Caterpillar (CAT) earnings missed […]

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In the world of energy investing, most turn to traditional futures contracts or “Big Oil” companies for exposure to this volatile yet attractive corner of the commodities market. Though there are other viable ways to gain access to the energy space, one segment is often overlooked, and considering its performance in recent years, understandably so. Alternative energy […]

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Bullish momentum reemerged on Wall Street today, with stocks finishing higher for the second consecutive session. Meanwhile, the first quarter earnings season kicked off with Alcoa, who posted a 59% rise in profits on one-time benefits and cost-reduction efforts. The aluminum giant did however note that revenue suffered from lower aluminum prices due to a massive […]

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Almost as soon as the confetti stopped falling on election night, the popular news media began focusing almost incessantly on the fiscal cliff that would occur on December 31 of 2012. A combination of tax cut expirations and automatic spending cuts, the fiscal cliff was created by Congress as an unacceptable outcome [see Visual History […]

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