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U.S. equities have experienced several volatile trading sessions over the last few weeks, as global economic concerns and this season’s earnings results continue to weigh heavily on investors. So far, over 200 of the S&P 500 companies have reported their quarterly results, putting the benchmark on track to log in a 5.6% growth in earnings for the third quarter, well above the estimated 4.5% [see also ETF Spotlight: U.S. Market Neutral Anti-Beta Fund (BTAL)]. [click to continue…]

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The ETF industry continues to evolve, as more unique products make their debut; however, the exchange-traded landscape is still dominated by passive, index-based instruments. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, because after all, investors have embraced this product wrapper for its unparalleled ease-of-use and cost-efficiency, with many of these funds earning themselves the reputation as “core holdings” in countless portfolios. On the other end of the spectrum, actively-managed ETFs haven’t exactly been in the spotlight as many criticize their above-average expense ratios and failure to deliver exceptional returns. While this may be true for some, it’s certainly not the case when it comes to the TrimTabs Float Shrink ETF (TTFS).

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5 Charts to Put Mutual Fund Expenses in Perspective

by on July 8, 2014 | Updated December 8, 2014

ETFs have found their way into countless portfolios in recent years as investors of all sizes and experience levels have grown to embrace the instant diversification, unparalleled transparency, and intraday liquidity that these financial instruments have to offer. Another reason, and perhaps the more obvious one, that has prompted many to jump ship from mutual […]

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I continue to get questions about how the Fed’s tapering of bond purchases, which is currently underway, will impact investors’ fixed income positions and how to best prepare a portfolio for rising interest rates. As I explained in a recent Blog post, we expect rates to rise gradually.

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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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The evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has opened up the doors to the foreign exchange market in ways that were previously impossible. Through the use of a single ticker, investors can now seamlessly, and in a cost-efficient manner, establish exposure to the most traded currencies around the globe. As with any asset class, every […]

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This week: The Bloomberg Terminal has become a fixture of the trading world, but a number of tech disrupters are scheming to unseat it. This leads nicely into a discussion of whether trend-chasing explains financial markets. Spring has sprung.

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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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This week: Are we close to a market top? And how does Buffet do it? And does oxytocin make us more generous with our money? Check out these must-read articles to find out.

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This week: Social media and innovative technologies are going to impact financial services significantly in the next five years, but the essential truths about human motivation will never change.

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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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ETF Scorecard – Feb. 28

by on February 28, 2014

This past week was another that saw markets struggling to pick a definitive direction, moving mostly sideways with some intraday volatility. To help investors keep up with markets, we present our ETF Scorecard, which takes a step back and glances at the ETF industry. That includes the best and worst performers over the past week, […]

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