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Dividend ETFs

The bull market rages on thanks to quelled fears surrounding the political situation in Washington D.C. and upbeat reports and outlooks from a number of bellwethers on Wall Street this earnings season. Amid all of the euphoria, it’s easy for many to get caught up with which broad-based equity benchmark is leading the charge; the most popular suspect for gauging domestic stocks is State Street’s (SPY, A), which is linked to the S&P 500 Index [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

Although SPY boasts unparalleled liquidity and is undeniably the most well-known ETF on the market, this fund may be less than ideal as a buy-and-hold instrument for those in search of U.S. large cap exposure over the long-haul. [click to continue…]

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Today’s fixed income environment seems to be turned on its head. It used to be that U.S. Treasuries were thought of as one of the safest possible allocations one could make; whether or not this is still the case, the public perception has certainly shifted. After watching Congress bump up against defaults on more than one occasion, it seems that the confidence that once boosted U.S. debts is beginning to erode. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street was in for some volatile sessions this week as the U.S. government shutdown weighed heavily on U.S. equities. Investors seemed somewhat relieved after House Republicans announced they will unveil a a six-week debt-ceiling increase, which would act as a temporary fix to the nation’s looming debt deadline. On the economic front, the White House announced […]

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Though lingering concerns over Fed tapering have weighed heavily on the markets in recent months, this week investors shifted their focus to Congress as they continue to struggle to come to a bipartisan budget agreement. Since Tuesday, the U.S. federal government officially shut down, closing its doors to all “non-essential” operations.  Though equity markets initially […]

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Investors have kicked off the trading week on a sour note as debt-ceiling worries have managed to resurface, serving as a reminder that politicians resolved the same drama last year by kicking the can down the road. With all eyes fixed on the potential government shutdown as the clock runs out, many have been left […]

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Stocks have been on an absolute tear this week with major U.S. equity benchmarks soaring to all-time highs amid renewed stimulus hopes. Bullish momentum permeated the marketplace on Wednesday after the Federal Reserve surprised many with its decision to hold off from scaling back on bond-repurchases this time around; as a result, cyclical securities have […]

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Stocks are off to a shaky start this week as uncertainty over the looming Fed taper continues to take its toll on investors’ confidence. Adding to the clouds of uncertainty are mixed data releases; durable goods orders plunged a worrisome 7.3% in July while consumer confidence improved from last month’s reading, sending investors mixed signals […]

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Exchange-traded funds have become a staple in numerous portfolios as investors of all walks have embraced these financial instruments for their ease-of-use and unparalleled reach to virtually any asset class around the globe. Emerging market funds in particular have been gaining popularity as investors at home have been scouring the international landscape for more attractive […]

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After grinding sideways all week, major U.S. equity indexes finally made way for the bears on Thursday as disappointing corporate results gave investors reasons to lock in profits ahead of today’s data release frenzy; Cisco’s layoff announcement and cautious outlook coupled with Wal-Mart’s earnings miss blanketed Wall Street with a sense of uncertainty [see also […]

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Stocks enjoyed another week in green territory as upbeat economic data and no new tapering hints from the Fed gave investors few reasons to cut off winning positions. The product development front was quite active considering the fairly muted trading week on Wall Street; new additions to the ETF universe include the Nashville Area ETF, […]

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Profit-taking pressures have begun to creep onto Wall Street as earnings euphoria has bolstered major equity indexes to all-time highs, prompting many to lock-in gains ahead of the next potential pullback. Amid the strong bull market, industry juggernaut WisdomTree is expanding its suite of offerings with a targeted fund that should appeal to investors who […]

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Dividend investing has been a major theme in the ETF world for several years as investors have escaped near zero interest rates using funds that capture more attractive yields. As the interest for these products has surged, issuers have been quick to create the kinds of dividends funds that are now available. Monthly dividend funds […]

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