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Exchanged-traded products have been embraced by money mangers of all sizes in recent years thanks to their ease-of-use, transparency, and unparalleled cost-efficiency. The exchange-traded product structure has also caught the attention of countless active traders, who require liquidity and diversity in offerings above all. The fact that ETFs trade intraday like stocks is a major draw for active investors who look to generate alpha by moving in and out of the market to play macroeconomic trends, instead of being forced to rely only on a buy-and-hold or company-specific strategy [see 17 ETFs for Day Traders].  [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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Buy On The Dip Prospects: April 14th Edition

by on April 14, 2014

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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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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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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Sell On The Pop Prospects September 16th Edition

by on September 16, 2013

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

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U.S. equity indexes remain near all-time highs as largely upbeat corporate earnings and a lack of “bad news” from overseas markets have given investors few reasons to sell amid the euphoria. Furthermore, investors’ confidence was bolstered by the latest GDP report, which showed economic growth of 1.7%, considerably better than the previous reading of 1.1% [see […]

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U.S. equities got off to a strong start this week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in record closes. Though trading was relatively light, investors turned their attention to China’s GDP figures; the nation’s annual economic growth slowed to 7.5% in the second quarter from 7.7%. In other economic news, retail […]

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U.S. equities slid into the red today as investors digested the highly anticipated FOMC press conference. Contrary to expectations, the Fed announced that it will continue its $85-billion a month bond-buying program for now, though Bernanke indicated that tapering could begin later in the year. The central bank did, however, give a rather optimistic outlook […]

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It was a volatile session on Wall Street today ahead of tomorrow’s highly anticipated U.S. employment report. In economic news, the Labor Department reported that initial claims for unemployment benefits declined last week to a seasonally adjusted 346,000, in line with expectations. A sharp drop in the dollar against the Japanese yen sent equities into […]

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After a long holiday weekend, Wall Street got off to a relatively good start this week, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing higher for the 20th straight Tuesday. In economic news, investors welcomed better-than-expected housing and consumer confidence data; the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home price index rose 10.39% for March, while the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence […]

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