Daniela Pylypczak-Wasylyszyn

Daniela Pylypczak-Wasylyszyn is an analyst and writer for ETFdb.com, where she contributes articles and analysis each week. Since joining the team in 2011, Daniela has quickly grown to be one of the most widely-followed authors in the industry. Daniela graduated from DePaul University with a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics, as well as a minor in theoretical and computational physics.

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Mixed economic reports from across the globe combined with rising geopolitical tensions in Ukraine weighed heavily on the markets in March. Investors digested several key political moves this month, with President Obama announcing sanctions against key individuals in Putin’s inner circle, as well as the U.S.’s willingness to impose additional sanctions should Russia not reverse its course. In other macro news, the Fed announced it will pull back to $55 billion from $65 billion for its monthly bond-buying program. The central bank also eliminated the reference to the 6.5% unemployment rate as a threshold to consider raising rates; furthermore, several Fed officials projected that their first increase in interest rates will come in 2015 [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs].

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U.S. equities struggled to build momentum again this week, as mixed economic reports weighed on the markets. Also adding to looming uncertainty, investors digested President Obama’s statement concerning the possibility of additional sanctions against Russia. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and glances at the ETF industry. It includes the best and worst performers over the past week, the best and worst performers from the past year, a look at how the nine major sectors are faring in 2014, as well as a region review. Note that all leveraged/inverse products have been excluded [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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The rapid expansion and development of the ETF industry has made it easy and cost-effective for mainstream investors to tap into virtually any asset class. And though there are many products out there that allow investors to add exposure to hyper-targeted markets, most utilize the investment vehicles as core holdings in their portfolios [see How To Pick The […]

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Investors digested a slew of economic data this week, as well as the Fed’s latest policy statement. On Thursday, the central bank pulled back to $55 billion from $65 billion for its monthly bond-buying program. The Fed also eliminated the reference to the 6.5% unemployment rate as a threshold to consider raising rates; furthermore, several Fed officials projected […]

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In the ETF space, there is no fund more prolific than the SPDR S&P 500 ETF . Launched in 1993, SPY was the first ever exchange-traded product, and more than two decades after its debut, SPY is joined by over 1,500 ETPs that are available to investors. The fund currently has more than $158 billion […]

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Last week, investors saw a handful of funds make their debut, including First Trusts’ Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF and AdvisorShares’ YieldPro ETF . This week, ETF issuers continued to fill the product pipelines, with five new funds hitting the street. First Trust added two more funds, while Global X added to its “Guru” family and […]

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The rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry has brought to market more than 1,500 products for investors to choose from. Most, however, use only a handful of ETFs to build a well-diversified portfolio, but there is an entire line of products that takes this strategy to the extreme, offering access to a complete portfolio […]

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Wall Street was in for another up and down week as investors weighed mixed economic data and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and glances at the ETF industry. It includes the best and worst performers over the past week, […]

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It was another up-and-down month for Wall Street in February, as investors weighed a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports. February saw the Philadelphia Federal Reserve index of manufacturing activity fall into negative territory for the first time in nine months; the Fed cited severe winter weather as the primary reason behind the weakness. Retail […]

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Despite a mixed bag of economic reports, this week saw the S&P 500 hit a new record closing high. The Conference board reported consumer confidence falling to 78.1, while the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City home-price index rose 13.4% (slightly below the 13.5% expectations). Bolstering equities on Thursday and Friday, sales of new homes were reported to have […]

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U.S. equities were in for another up-and-down week as mixed economic reports weighed heavily on the markets. U.S. residential construction slid 16% in January, while building permits declined 5.4%. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve index of manufacturing activity was negative for the first time in nine months; the Fed cited severe winter weather as the primary […]

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While U.S. equity markets have gotten off to a rough start in 2014, interest in fixed income securities has finally resurfaced this year. Last year, most bond ETFs struggled to keep up with the equity market’s quick pace, with many funds ending in the red in 2013. But with the Federal Reserve beginning to taper its […]

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