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U.S. equity indexes remain near all-time highs as largely upbeat corporate earnings and a lack of “bad news” from overseas markets have given investors few reasons to sell amid the euphoria. Furthermore, investors’ confidence was bolstered by the latest GDP report, which showed economic growth of 1.7%, considerably better than the previous reading of 1.1% [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].
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While tapering speculations have dominated the markets in recent months, the Fed has made it quite clear that quantitative easing is not going away just yet. In its press conference on Wednesday, the central bank stated that it will continue its massive bond-buying purchases for the time being, but that tapering may begin sometime later this year. And while equities have taken several hits from Fed commentaries in 2013, no corner of the market has been impacted as much as fixed income [see Single Country ETFs: Everything Investors Need To Know].  [click to continue…]

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Active ETFs have grown in popularity over the last decade as a great alternative to the traditional assets. With the hands-on approach of a mutual fund but the aggressively cheaper price tag, these ETFs have been a strong hold in previous market conditions and today. With the end of the second quarter just around the […]

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Over the last several years, investors have witnessed central banks from around the world take unprecedented measures to recover from catastrophic financial crises. From the Fed’s prolific “quantitative easing” strategies to the Bank of Japan’s massive asset purchase program, the world’s most influential governments continue to stress easy money policies in an effort to lower […]

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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Bull Run Holds For Now

by on January 4, 2013

Santa came late this year but the fact that he showed up at all was good enough for investors on Wall Street. Policymakers in Washington D.C. managed to steer us away from the fiscal cliff, at least for now that is, as they struck a deal in virtually the last moment possible. The bull parade […]

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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Optimism Fuels Rebound

by on December 13, 2012

And just like that domestic equities have recovered their post-election losses. Following Obama’s re-election investors and media headlines focused their attention on the lingering “fiscal cliff”, sparked a rapid sell-off. A little over a month has passed and politicians are still gridlocked in Washington D.C., and while the “fiscal cliff” is that much closer, stocks […]

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No mercy on Wall Street. Post-election profit taking pressures continue to overpower bullish bargain shoppers as “fiscal cliff” worries have taken center stage. Amid growing fears over looming tax-hikes, escalating tensions in the Middle East between Israel and Palestine have only added to the clouds of uncertainty plaguing the global economic outlook. The S&P 500 […]

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Stocks have endured a harsh trading week as broad-based profit taking pressures managed to swoop in with little warning following the U.S. election. Although the price action on Wall Street has been far from optimistic, we remain hesitant to pull out entirely given a number of positive developments; for starters, weekly jobless claims came in […]

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Mining Boom ETFdb Portfolio Now Available

by on October 22, 2012

The Mining Boom ETFdb Portfolio is now available to ETFdb Pro members with a free 7-day trial of the Pro subscription. This new portfolio, one of more than 50 all-ETF model portfolios available at ETFdb.com, is designed for investors who wish to overweight exposure to the mining industry through the equity and bond markets, excluding any investments in physical metals. This investment strategy […]

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As the economies of the Europe, the United States and Japan have struggled to overcome a variety of challenges in recent years, investors have come to question the conventional wisdom that developed markets offer greater stability than their emerging counterparts. As supposedly advanced economies have sputtered, many have tilted their portfolios away from North America […]

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Institutional money managers, financial advisors, and investors of all walks have largely embraced the advantages offered by the exchange-traded product structure over traditional mutual funds. The rising popularity of indexing strategies makes it easy and affordable for investors to tap into virtually any asset class around the globe through the purchase of a single ticker. […]

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China has confirmed its status as an integral part of the growth engine driving the global economy, which is why its recent investing activity may be leading some U.S. investors to worry. Most people know that China is sitting on a hefty pile of foreign exchange reserves, approximately $3.2 trillion, however, fewer investors are aware that […]

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