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As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. While few could have predicted just how far 2013′s bull-run would take us, we placed our ideas in various corners of the market to give investors of all shapes and sizes something that could fit their objectives. There has certainly been a lot of activity this year, as the S&P 500 notched its best annual performance in a decade, helping a lot of investments climb during the 12-month stretch. [click to continue…]

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As investors have grown frustrated with near-zero rates in the U.S., dividend investing has become a staple in the portfolios of many. Though Ben Bernanke will leave the Fed Chair position in January, it is largely believed that interest rates will not be touched until mid-2015 at the very earliest; this has caused many investors to look beyond the fixed income sector for yield. Those that seek or even rely on annual income from yields have been turning to dividend ETFs as an outlet, helping to propel a number of these products further [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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The 10 Most Popular Dividend ETFs: What You Need to Know

by on November 18, 2013 | Updated February 18, 2014

With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for juicier sources of income. And in the world of exchange-traded products, dividend ETFs have become even more popular in recent years, thanks to their low costs, transparency, and wide array of dividend-focused strategies. Whether you [...]

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Though lingering concerns over Fed tapering have weighed heavily on the markets in recent months, this week investors shifted their focus to Congress as they continue to struggle to come to a bipartisan budget agreement. Since Tuesday, the U.S. federal government officially shut down, closing its doors to all “non-essential” operations.  Though equity markets initially [...]

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Almost every corner of the global financial landscape is now tradable via the over 1,400 ETFs available in the U.S. Dividends are a very popular market segment and with interest rates in many countries near all time lows, dividend paying stocks, and the ETFs associated with them, are attracting additional investor attention. The low yield [...]

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, [...]

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Though equity markets have certainly picked up the pace over the last several years, the near-zero interest rate environment has still proven to be an obstacle for investors. Many have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once at the core of income strategies, forcing investors to look to alternative [...]

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The bull run has continued on Wall Street as upbeat economic data makes it hard for investors to take profits surrounded by all of the optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average kept its multi-week winning streak going on Wednesday after retail sales blew past analyst estimates; this figure posted growth of 1.1% in February, marking a [...]

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With Treasury interest rates expected to stay at near-zero levels for the foreseeable future, many investors have found it challenging to secure meaningful yields from asset classes that were once the core of income strategies. While finding high-yielding investments is a difficult task, it certainly isn’t impossible. There are dozens of dividend ETFs (and ETNs) that offer potential [...]

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For investors, the last few months have been dominated by two words: fiscal cliff. The combination of automatic expiring tax breaks and across-the-board government spending cuts scheduled to become effective on January 1, 2013, has sent a shiver down the spine of market participants. 

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This past year shaped out to be quite the roller coaster ride for many investors; equity markets persevered through tumultuous, and seemingly never-ending, eurozone debt drama, while the economic recovery at home remains slow and steady at best.  Heading into 2013, clouds of uncertainty continue to threaten investors’ confidence as the outcome of the much feared “fiscal cliff” has [...]

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Sandy Rattles Wall Street

by on October 29, 2012 | Updated October 30, 2012

Euro zone drama is back in the headlines as sour retail sales data in Spain over the weekend spooked many. With Spain’s recessionary environment becoming more pronounced, it’s very likely that the European Central Bank will be forced to cut rates lower, or perhaps introduce a much “beefier” monetary policy initiative to ensure the nation’s financial health. [...]

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