From the monthly archives:

May 2013

When it comes to foreign equities exposure, the evolution of the ETF industry has opened many doors for investors, offering everything from hyper-targeted exposure to products that cast a much wider net over the global market space. But with such a vast variety, investors are faced with the question of which type of exposure they want: some prefer products that hone in on a specific country or region, while others favor more broad-based exposure [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].  [click to continue…]

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The bulls remain in the driver’s seat as made apparent by last week’s price action. Profit-taking pressures came quick and hard after markets got a whiff of the Fed hinting that it may end bond-repurchases sooner if deemed necessary; however, bargain buyers returned on Tuesday morning following the long weekend, putting major equity indexes back on track. With all eyes on the potential Fed policy change, investors will pay close attention to upcoming economic reports as very upbeat data releases over the coming weeks could prompt policymakers to scale back on stimulus measures [see also S&P 500 Visual History].

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Following a long holiday weekend, U.S. equities started off the week on a positive note, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average finishing higher for the 20th straight Tuesday and posting yet another record high. Boosting stocks was an encouraging housing report; the S&P Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 10.39% for March, compared to the expected […]

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Last week, Wall Street focused its attention on the latest developments on the Fed front as Ben Bernanke testified before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee in Washington. In his testimony, the chairman reported that the central bank will remain on its current course of action–the $85 billion per month bond purchasing program–though investors may see […]

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It was a roller coaster ride for Wall Street last week, as investors shifted their focus to the latest developments on the Fed front. In his testimony before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee, Ben Bernanke reported that the central bank will remain on its current bond-buying course, but indicated that the Fed could “take a step […]

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Exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have become a popular way for investors to reach every corner of the market, enabling them to achieve broad diversification by purchasing a single U.S.-traded security. Those looking to enhance their ETF trading may want to take a look at equity/stock option strategies to help control risks and/or leverage profits [see ETF […]

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After another week in the global market, the ETFdb pop quiz returns with another round of questions about Currency, Credit Suisse, and Copper. As always, all answers can be found using the suite of free tools at ETFdb.com, including the ETFdb Categories, ETF screener and the ETF Analyzer.

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Stocks finally digested some of the stellar gains seen year-to-date after the latest FOMC minutes rattled investor confidence. During Chairman Bernanke’s testimony to Congress last week, it became clear that the Fed is discussing potential exit strategies, which inevitability sent a wave of worry across Wall Street as stimulus hopes faded away. U.S. equities took […]

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By Russ Koesterich, CFA , iShares Global Chief Investment Strategist With global equities up more than 25% since their bottom last June, many investors are wondering: “Is it too late to move cash from the sidelines? Should I wait for a pullback?” My answer to both questions: no, with a caveat. As I write in my latest Market […]

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Even as U.S. Markets continued to stumble back Thursday morning, still processing the news that Ben Bernanke and the Fed will continue their aggressive buying strategy for now, there was one major force pulling investors back into the green. New home sales from April have improved  for the third month in a row, reaching a […]

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At the beginning of a hectic week in the market, ETF issuers ArrowShares and KraneShares both filed paperwork with the SEC, looking to introduce some new funds into their small portfolios. While ArrowShares is looking to replicate the success of its first fund, through three new active ETFs, KraneShares is bringing its extensive knowledge of Chinese investing to the U.S. […]

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U.S. markets opened in red territory Thursday morning as overnight selling pressures from Japan spilled over and prompted a global wave of profit taking. Investors scaled back their risk appetites for a second day in a row as stimulus hopes started to fade following the latest FOMC minutes which revealed that the Fed could be easing up […]

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