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As the U.S. market continues to recover, Ben Bernanke has announced his loose plan to ween the economy off the Federal money it has relied on heavily since 2008. While this is good news for the future of investing and will strengthen economic conditions in the long term, many investors have been overly flighty during transition discussions. In recent months, the dollar and bond rates have fallen a number of times before Bernanke has spoken, only to bounce back stronger than before once he finishes. While the dollar seems to finally be on the way up, this is not great news for all investors and has really affected the returns of a number of ETFs [for more ETF analysis, make sure to sign up for our free ETF newsletter].

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, we have seen 65 new ETFs debut, as the industry continues to expand and offer more ways to slice-and-dice the market. With two quarters of the year on the books, we take a look back at some of the wildest charts in the ETF world to have surfaced in 2013 [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]: [click to continue…]

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While the bread-and-butter of the ETF industry has been index-tracking products, active ETFs are quickly growing in popularity as several funds have gained critical mass with investors. There are now more than 55 different active ETFs with a combined $13 billion and counting in total assets under management. More importantly, these funds have allowed retail […]

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As the world becomes more connected every day, investors continue to find new ways to trade around the world and gain exposure to countries they may never even get to visit. Exchange-traded funds offering exposure to Global Currencies have become a popular tool for those looking to make a direct play on a country, using the country’s […]

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ETFs have opened up the doors to previously hard-to-reach reach corners of the market, including foreign equities, commodities and alternative asset classes. Currency ETFs in particular have seen growing interest among investors and traders alike as they greatly simplify the challenges that are otherwise associated with entering the forex market [see How To Take Profits […]

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ETFs continue to open up the doors to international markets that were previously too difficult, or costly, to access for mainstream investors. Those looking for the most direct exposure to a foreign economy often choose to invest in the local currency rather than equity or bond funds, especially when looking for a risky but potentially […]

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The bull train continues full steam ahead as major equity indexes have enticed buyers after every minor pullback over the last month. The optimistic price action on Wall Street is undeniable, and it truly showcases the sheer eagerness among investor looking for their share of the action. Even in the face of lackluster economic data, stocks have […]

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Though exchange-traded funds have without question revolutionized and democratized Wall Street by allowing average investors to gain cheap and easy access to nearly every corner of the investable universe, there has understandably been some backlash concerning the nuances and uses of these products. And considering the industry’s relatively short history, it is perhaps not surprising […]

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The year-end periods provides the ETF industry with a couple of opportunities to flex its collective muscle; performance comparisons generally tend to favor those products with lower expense ratios–a defining feature of exchange-traded funds. But early January also puts another benefit of exchange-traded products into focus: enhanced tax efficiency relative to traditional mutual funds. The […]

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As a handful of brave souls find out every four years, running for President of the United States generally involves opening up your personal life to intense examination by opponents, the media, and general public. Generally, the scrutiny focuses on personal histories–arrests, affairs, and lawsuits make for juicy reading. But being a public servant can […]

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With snow now blanketing a big part of the country and 2012 just a few weeks away, looking back at the past year becomes a popular activity. For many portfolios, 2011 has been marked by big swings that seem to be leaving investors right about where they started; there has been plenty of activity over […]

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Most investors probably never expected that it would never come to this. With only days remaining until the day the government coffers supposedly go dry, a deal to avoid a default remains elusive (one would suspect the August 2 date is at least 72 hours or so in advance of a hard deadline). The back […]

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