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Traders and investors of all walks have embraced ETFs over the years for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and the sheer diversity in offerings that continues to grow. The benefits of exchange-traded products over their mutual fund counterparts extends beyond the well-known laundry list that makes them the preferred investment vehicle for many; more specifically, the intraday liquidity of ETFs allows for these instruments to serve as real-time proxies for investors’ expectations regarding specific asset classes.  [click to continue…]

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The democratization of asset classes has been one of the main driving forces behind the ever-expanding ETF universe. In fact, with the U.S. bull market recently turning five years old there has been a variety of funds crossing major milestones, both in terms of assets under management as well as age [see also How Markets React To Major World Events]. 
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Making the right call on whether we’re headed for a bull or bear market is only half the battle; knowing which sectors are poised to outperform, given the prevailing economic conditions, is how many professional money managers “beat the market.” Commonly referred to as sector rotation, this timeless investing approach revolves around picking market leaders […]

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Since the depths of the financial crisis over five years ago, one of the most debated topics remains the efficacy of the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented stimulus program. Only hindsight will reveal whether or not the era of “free money” was a success or a great blunder, but whatever the case may be years from now, […]

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Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on […]

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Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) and Ford Motor Company (F) topped analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while telecom giant AT&T (T) also beat earnings estimates, though revenues fell in line with expectations. Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects October 7th Edition

by on October 7, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects September 30th Edition

by on September 30, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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With major U.S. equity indexes sitting at all-time highs and emerging markets still in a very deep hole, many on the sidelines have been left wondering which asset class is still ripe with opportunity. The bulls continue to favor cyclical sectors well-positioned for rising rates, including technology, industrial, and financials; while the bears remain wary […]

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After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled with yet another round of reports. Last week, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) reported weaker-than-expected sales, while Goldman Sachs (GS) posted earnings per share of $3.70, well past the $2.82 estimate. Continuing the […]

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The second quarter earnings season is well on its way and this week will be jam packed with yet another round of reports. Last week, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) reported a $119 million second quarter loss due to weak aluminum prices, putting the bellwether’s EPS at a mere 7 cents per share, but still slightly higher […]

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Following a holiday-shortened week, U.S. equities logged in their three-session win streak ahead of the unofficial kickoff of the Q2 earnings season. After the closing bell, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) reported a $119 million second quarter loss due to weak aluminum prices, putting the bellwether’s EPS at a mere 7 cents per share. Later this […]

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