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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 catalyst to propel the S&P 500 Index to 1,700 and beyond [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

Amid the ongoing euphoria on Wall Street, VelocityShares expanded its lineup with an intriguing “risk-weighted” ETF on Thursday that looks to offer a compelling alternative to traditional market cap-weighted strategies. [click to continue…]

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This year has shaped out to be quite kind for equity investors as bullish price action remains the dominant theme on Wall Street. iShares is looking to take advantage of all the euphoria with their latest product launch aimed at investors in search of  a “core” holding to fill out their portfolio’s equity component; the latest addition to the issuer’s towering lineup of nearly 300 exchange-traded products is the MSCI USA Quality Factor ETF (QUAL) [see also The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].  [click to continue…]

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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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Innovation has come to be expected in the ETF industry, where a number of developments over the last several years have made a number of new asset classes and investment strategies accessible through the low-cost, tax-efficient exchange-traded structure. From leveraged ETFs to commodity ETPs to VIX-based products, there have been a number of “firsts” in […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Clear Technical Hurdle

by on October 22, 2011

Earnings season is well underway and investors on Wall Street appear to be quite content with the latest round of corporate performance results from industry leaders. Debt-woes stemming from the Euro zone continue to dominate headlines as investors anxiously await for policymakers to agree upon a comprehensive plan in the near future. Domestic equity indexes […]

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iShares, the largest issuer of ETFs in the U.S. by total assets, rolled out another suite of funds on Thursday that offer targeted exposure to domestic and international equity markets. The new iShares minimum volatility ETFs are the latest in a trend of products targeting specific investment factors and disciplines, following similar offerings in recent […]

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