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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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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 and weekly jobless claims. Amid the uncertain landscape, industry veteran PowerShares has debuted a “hands off” ETF that may provide a refuge from rampant volatility, offering exposure to the S&P 500 Index with a twist [Download How To Buy The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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First Trust announced this week the launch of a new ETF that will combine exposure to one of the world’s most widely-followed stock market indexes with VIX call options. The new First Trust CBOE S&P 500 VIX Tail Hedge Fund (VIXH) will seek to replicate an index that includes each component of the S&P 500 […]

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When it comes to investing, the focus is always on one simple and logical goal: maximize returns, whether in the short term or over the long haul. But as many can attest to, investing can sometimes be a crapshoot. Nearly every imaginable event or influence can send shock waves into the market, instantly producing a […]

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The evolution of the ETF industry has spawned more than a handful of instruments allowing investors of all walks unprecedented access to virtually every corner of the global market. The wave of innovation continues to bring forth an ever-expanding lineup of tools, serving everyone from portfolio managers to active traders and in between. Active management has grown […]

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France Downgrade Erodes Confidence

by on January 14, 2012

Equities inched higher throughout the week, bolstered by positive economic data release on the home front coupled with encouraging developments in the debt burdened Euro zone. Euphoria spread throughout Wall Street as investors digested better-than-expected consumer credit data along with optimistic forward looking commentary released by the Fed in the latest Beige Book report. Investors […]

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Direxion, the firm that recently rolled out a pair of Insider Sentiment ETFs, got the ball rolling on the product development front in 2012 with the launch of three volatility response ETFs this week. The new ETFs offer dynamic exposure to U.S. and Latin American equity markets, shifting allocations between stocks and cash based on […]

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Closer Look At S&P 500 ETF Options

by on October 25, 2010 | Updated November 20, 2012

The S&P 500 Index is perhaps the world’s best known benchmark. First published in 1957, the cap-weighted index consists of 500 large cap U.S. stocks listed on either the NYSE or NASDAQ and has become a widely-followed barometer measuring the performance of the U.S. economy. The S&P 500 is a common benchmark for active managers […]

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