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Justin Kuepper is an experienced financial writer, web developer and active trader specializing in global macro situations. In addition to Mitre Media, he writes for's International Investing section,, Emerging Growth Corp., and other select publications on a freelance basis.

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ETF Investing

How Are Stock Market Sectors and Industries Classified?

There are many different classification systems that analysts, journalists, investors, and other...

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ETF Pick of the Month: European Stocks Continue to Face Headwinds is recommending a new short position for the month ahead. This short recommendation is...

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ETF Pick of the Month: China’s Growing Technology Sector is recommending a new long position for the month ahead. This pick is based on a...

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ETF Pick of the Month: Global Uncertainty Could Push This Asset Higher is recommending a new long position for the month ahead. This pick revolves around the...

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ETF Pick of the Month: This Country's Rally May Be at an End is recommending a new short position for the month ahead. This pick revolves around the...

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The Best ETFs to Play the Brexit Negotiations

How the UK Election Affects Your Portfolio

The United Kingdom made headlines with the ‘Brexit’ decision, but the Conservative party’s...

ETF Investing

Are Fringe ETFs Worth the Added Cost?

The exchange-traded fund (ETF) industry has exploded over the past decade. Between 2003 and 2015,...

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Alpha Opportunities in the Technology Sector

In this article, we will look at emerging opportunities within the technology sector and how...

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2017 Investing Themes

All Signs Point to an Energy Sector Rebound

The energy markets are notoriously difficult to predict with hedge funds having lost billions...

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Top 3 Covered Call ETFs

Options are a great way for investors to capitalize on a stock’s movement without having to shell...

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Real Estate ETFs

How Smart Beta Works for Real Estate ETFs - Part 4

The real estate industry received a boost in August 2016 when the S&P Dow Jones and MSCI...

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Commodity ETFs

How Smart Beta Works for Commodity ETFs - Part 3

Smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become a staple in many portfolios. While many...

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Fixed Income ETFs

How Smart Beta Works for Fixed Income ETFs - Part 2

Smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become a popular way for investors to target...

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How Smart Beta Works for Other Asset Classes - Part 1

Smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular over the past several...

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Are IPO ETFs Worth It?

Initial public offerings – or IPOs – are popular among day traders for their extreme price swings...

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How to Play the Italy E.U. Exit

3 ETFs to Play If Italy Leaves the European Union

Although Italy was one of the founding member states of the European Union, the horrific tragedy...

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How to Play the Italy E.U. Exit

Why Italy Might Be Next to Leave the EU

The United Kingdom’s historic referendum to leave the European Union (EU) may have set a...

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Real Estate ETFs

Should You Supplement Dividend ETFs with Real Estate ETFs?

Many investors have turned to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to generate income with bond yields...

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Investor Tools & Resources

Top 20 ETF Blogs Every Serious ETF Investor Should Read

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when researching investment opportunities in the millions of...

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ETF Investing

How to Prepare for a Bear Market Without Selling Everything

Many investors are tempted to sell when the market moves lower or media pundits talk of an...

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Portfolio Management

Three Tips for Reading an ETF Prospectus

A prospectus can be an intimidating document for investors to read.

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Technology ETFs

The Best ETFs to Capitalize on the Rise of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence – or AI – may sound like a sci-fi concept that remains a distant...

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Technology ETFs

The Best ETFs to Profit From the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) industry may seem obscure to some investors, but it’s expected to...

ETF Industry

From Passive to Active? Smart Beta Takes Off

Smart beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become extremely popular among investors looking for...


Six Smart-Beta ETFs to Consider for Yield

Smart-beta exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular over the past few years....


Tesla and Lithium Demand Has LIT up This ETF

The price of lithium has soared over the past decade from less than 50,000 to over 150,000...

ETF Investing

Preferred Stock ETFs: What You Need to Know

Preferred stock ETFs are popular investments during low interest rate environments due to their...


Why Low-Volatility ETFs Might be a Risky Gamble

Low-volatility exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become extremely popular since the 2008-2009...


This Country’s ETFs Could Take Off With ‘Helicopter Money’

Japan’s economy has been struggling with deflation over the past two decades. With the situation...

Real estate

The New 11th Sector & What ETFs to Play

Real estate has always been considered an “alternative” asset class within the financial sector....

ETF Investing

Why Investing in Water Is a True Long-Term Play

Water may seem like a strange investment on the surface, given the vastness of the world’s...

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This Hidden Cost Could Be Eating Into Your ETF Returns

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are generally seen as a low cost way to build a diversified...

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Actively Managed ETFs

Should You Avoid Actively Managed ETFs?

Actively managed exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have drawn mixed reviews from investors. On one...

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How to Go Short Europe With ETFs

There are many reasons that investors may want to short-sell — or bet against — European...

Precious Metals ETFs

How to Invest in Gold: Physical vs. Miners ETFs

Gold is a go-to commodity during troubled times, and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have made it...

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Should You Build Housing ETFs Into Your Portfolio?

The housing market has been heating up over the past several months. With new home sales hitting...

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Dividend ETFs

A Look at ETF Dividend Strategies

Dividend investing has become increasingly popular over the past several years. With low interest...

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Introduction to ETF Technical Analysis

Investors should always look at fundamental analysis when deciding which exchange-traded funds...

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Why Investors Should Look Beyond ETF Returns

Many investors compare exchange-traded funds (ETFs) by looking at recent returns. While this...

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Volatility ETFs

Managing Volatility with ETFs

Market volatility has a profound impact on investor portfolios. In addition to potential losses,...


How ETF Investors Can Invest Alongside Warren Buffett

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett shocked many by disclosing a $1 billion stake in Apple Inc. (...

Equity ETFs

How Earnings Season Can Wreak Havoc on ETFs

Most index exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are weighted by market capitalization. After all, a...


6 ETFs That Could Benefit From a Delay in the Fed’s Rate Hike

During its March 2016 meeting, the Federal Reserve announced that it plans to raise interest...


3 Heavily Shorted ETFs & What It Means for Investors

The S&P 500 has risen more than 10% since its February lows, but that hasn’t stopped short...


Is Netflix a Sign of What’s to Come for FANG Stocks?

The so-called FANG stocks – an acronym representing Facebook (FB), Inc. (AMZN),...


What to Expect From Q1 Earnings

Alcoa Inc. (AA) kicked off earnings season with better-than-expected earnings, but lackluster...


Sector ETFs That Will Outperform in 2016

The stock market has proven to be rather unpredictable throughout the first quarter of 2016....


How the U.S. Dollar Impacts Bank Profits

The dollar’s value has a tremendous impact on the economy. Domestic companies that earn profits...


ETF Strategies for the Rest of 2016

The first quarter of the year was filled with surprises for investors. After the price of oil...


Will Value Overtake Growth ETFs in 2016?

Growth stocks have significantly outperformed value stocks over the past several years. After...


Gold Rally May Give Way to Industrial Metals

Gold prices have soared nearly 20% so far this year, according to Finviz, while silver and...


Electric Car Revolution: Building Exposure Into Your Portfolio

Electric vehicles may have been commercially available since the 1800s, but Henry Ford’s...


What’s Really Behind Rising Gold Prices?

Gold prices have rallied more than 15% over the past year, which includes a 12% rally over the...


Are Sovereign Bond ETFs Headed Higher?

Sovereign bonds have been top performers since the beginning of the year as investors sought...


Are Emerging-Market ETFs Oversold?

Collapsing commodity prices and a higher U.S. dollar have taken a toll on many emerging markets...

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Why Buying the VIX May Be a Risky Bet

There’s little doubt that the financial markets have been volatile over the past several months....

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Where Is Crude Oil Headed? A Look at the Bull and Bear Case

Crude oil prices have plunged more than 15% so far this year to below $30 per barrel earlier this...

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What the ECB’s Comments Mean for European ETFs

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced that interest rates would remain unchanged due to the...

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ETF Options: A Welcome Change or Growing Threat?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have rapidly grown in popularity over the past decade, driven by...

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Global and Smart-Beta ETFs Dominate Fund Flows in 2015

According to Bloomberg, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) took in about $238 billion in 2015, which...

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The 11 Sectors of the Stock Market

The stock market is often divided into 11 major sectors representing key areas of the economy....

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How to Measure Risk-Adjusted Returns

Many investors look for above-market returns when analyzing exchange-traded funds (ETFs) or other...

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Are High-Yield Bonds in Trouble?

Junk bonds experienced their steepest losses since 2011 after Third Avenue Management liquidated...

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Where Is China’s Economy Heading in 2016?

China’s economy has struggled over the past year in terms of growth, with GDP growth falling...


3 Ways to Invest in India’s Economic Growth

India’s economy grew at a 7.4% annual rate between July and September this year, according to...

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Not All Emerging Market ETFs Are Created Equal

Over the past several years, record-low interest rates across the developed world led to billions...

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Are Chinese ETFs Oversold?

China’s economy slowdown has already taken a toll on the global economy, but the market is still...

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What Are the Most Undervalued Sector ETFs?

The U.S. equity market is trading at a lofty 21.56x earnings, which is nearly 40% higher than its...


Big Sell-Off in Germany ETFs Despite Great Returns

Most investors buy exchange-traded funds (ETFs) because they perform well on a fundamental level....

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Sugar ETFs Hit a Sweet Spot

Commodities have experienced a rough year as the global economy continues to struggle to regain...

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Are Junk Bond ETFs More than Junk?

In 2015, junk bonds underperformed in the overall market by a wide margin, with the five largest...

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Cloud Computing: The Top of a Trend or Beginning of an Opportunity

Dell Inc. agreed to buy EMC Corp. (EMC) in October for $67 billion in the largest technology...

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Technology ETFs

Biotech ETF Sell-Off Could Create Opportunities

The biotech industry has experienced quite the reversal over the past few months. After posting...

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Emerging Markets ETFs

Emerging-Market Bond Yields Tempt Investors

Global investors sold off $40 billion worth of emerging-market stocks and bonds during the third...

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Should You Love Currency Hedged ETFs?

Currency-hedged exchange-traded funds (“ETFs”) have become extremely popular among international...

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Sector ETFs to Buy in a Lofty Market

The stock market may be overvalued based on price-earnings (P/E) ratios despite the recent...

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Options for Protecting Your ETF Positions

“In my view, derivatives are financial weapons of mass destruction, carrying dangers that, while...

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Hedge Your Portfolio with ETFs

The stock market has been extremely volatile in August and there are no signs of the volatility...

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What's in Store for Homebuilder ETFs

The housing industry has been picking up steam over the past few months, driven by solid...

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How Diversified Are Small-Cap ETFs?

Many ETF investors don’t think twice when buying large and heavily traded funds like the iShares...

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Active vs. Passive ETFs: What’s the Best Bet?

The debate between active and passive investing has raged on for decades, with no end in sight....

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High-Yield Muni Bond ETFs May Be Oversold

Puerto Rico’s default has put pressure on a number of high-yield municipal bond exchange-traded...

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Equity ETFs

Smart Beta: Single Factor vs. Multi-Factor Approaches

Smart Beta products have become increasingly popular over the past few years as a way to combine...

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Navigating the Imminent Rate Hike

Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen made it crystal clear in a prepared testimony to the...

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ETF Trading Strategies

Looking Beyond the 200 DMA: An Guide

There are thousands of technical indicators used by traders to determine the optimal time and...

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The Root of China’s Potential Bubble

China’s stock market appears to be stabilizing after a month-long rollercoaster ride, but...

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Commodity ETFs Surge As Investors Hedge Volatility

As a way to hedge against heightened volatility in the equities market, more investors are...

Practice Management

Understanding the Habits of the Wealthy

Seeking to understand the habits of your current wealthy clients or looking for new wealthy...


Smart Beta ETFs Are Backed by Years of Experience

Money managers who have years of experience in traditional active management are also finding...