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Technological innovation and development have certainly been game changers in the investment world. Last year was an active one for the technology industry, with the launch of several new Apple and Windows products, a lawsuit between two top tech firms, and the rather dreary public offering of social media giant Facebook. Despite some bumps in the road, 2012 saw a relatively high increase in global technology spending, particularly in the IT sub-sector [Download Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios]. [click to continue…]

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Sector rotation techniques have been around for decades, a relatively simple strategy often used by investors seeking to capitalize on short-term mispricings in order to generate alpha. In its most basic form, sector rotation involves segmenting the equity universe by industry, and moving into and out of various sectors depending on relative attractiveness from a valuation perspective. The idea is to overweight the sectors that are attractively priced, and underweight those that are deemed to be overvalued. Those who are able to identify overbought and oversold sectors–or even broader trends that may favor high beta or low beta stocks–can beat the market by regularly shifting exposure [see also Nine Twists On Sector ETF Investing].

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July saw a flurry of activity in the ETF industry, with almost a new fund for every trading day during the month. The surge in new products continues to be driven by innovation rather than duplication; many of the ETFs to hit the market last month were the first of their kind, including unique international […]

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iShares, the largest provider of ETFs in the world, announced today the latest enhancement to the international component of its ETF platform, rolling out nine new ex-U.S. sector ETFs. The funds will offer investors exposure to both developed and emerging markets, and all nine will feature an expense ratio of 0.48%. The additions give the […]

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