From the monthly archives:

August 2013

Though equity markets have seemingly taken a breather in recent months, the overall investment landscape so far in 2013 has been a positive one. And with investors slowly making their way back to riskier corners of the market, certain investment strategies have managed to deliver stellar returns. One such winning strategy has been investments in small capitalization equities [see Visual Guide: Major Index Returns By Year]. [click to continue…]

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The summer slump on Wall Street continued last week, leaving investors in for yet another round of lackluster trading. Though investors kept the Fed in focus throughout the week, the latest policy minutes shed essentially no light on what the central bank plans to do next. The minutes stated that few officials favored tapering bond purchases soon, while others were “somewhat less confident” about near-term economic growth. To add to the already sour week, the Nasdaq Stock Market halted all trading on Thursday after a technical glitch forced the exchange to shut down for over three hours. This week, investors will once again see a slew of economic reports. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see also How To Take Profits And Cut Losses When Trading ETFs]:

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High-Yield Prospects August 25th Edition

by on August 25, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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New Highs & Lows August 24th Edition

by on August 24, 2013

Here is a look at all of the ETFs that have posted new one-year highs and lows over the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long […]

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After starting off the week on a sour note, U.S. equities managed to break a 4-day loosing streak following better-than-expected earnings reports. The bounce back, however, was short lived after investors turned their attention to the latest Fed policy minutes. The Fed minutes, which for the most part lacked basic clarity, stated that few officials […]

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Why it’s Time to Reconsider European Equities

by on August 22, 2013 | Updated September 17, 2013

Given recent signs that the eurozone economy is stabilizing, is it time to consider European equities again? Russ explains why his answer is a qualified yes. This summer, for the first time in three summers, investors did not have to contend with a eurozone financial crisis. While the continent’s problems remain far from solved, a […]

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With domestic equity indexes soaring to all-time highs in recent months, many have become infatuated with the stock market and the countless opportunities it offers both at home and abroad. As a result, the commodity and bond markets have come under pressure in light of improving economic growth expectations. One particular asset class, however, remains […]

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U.S. equity markets oscillated yesterday as the FOMC minutes release had everyone on edge right from the opening bell. Much to the bear’s frustration, however, markets ultimately ended slightly lower on the day after the Fed reaffirmed its stance to begin tapering by the end of the year. Policymakers made no hints as to when […]

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As Twitter has become a more popular social media platform, its influence over the external world has been skyrocketing, especially when it comes to the investing space. In the past few years, we have seen markets react swiftly and sometimes violently to tweets sent out from powerful users – and sometimes to bogus users and […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects August 21st Edition

by on August 21, 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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Buy On The Dip Prospects August 21st Edition

by on August 21, 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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