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U.S. equity markets continued their recent slide as higher oil prices and tensions in Libya continued to weigh on stocks. The Dow fell by more than 100 points on the day while the S&P 500 slid by 0.6% and the tech-heavy Nasdaq slumped by 1.2% in the session as strong performances in a number of oil names allowed the S&P and the DJIA to outperform the Nasdaq. Meanwhile, in commodity markets, Tuesday’s trend carried over into Wednesday trading as gold and oil continued their march higher while a host of other commodities– specifically grains and softs– continued their retreat. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equity markets tumbled to start Monday’s session, but picked up steam in the final hours of trading to moderate losses. The Dow tumbled by 0.3% in Monday trading while the S&P 500 fell by just 0.1%. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq managed to recoup its earlier losses and finished the day ahead by 0.2%. Commodities managed to rise across the board as the dollar weakened and supply issues pushed oil up by 1.6% in the session. Despite a weaker dollar and a moderately higher gold price, demand for U.S. Treasury bonds remained robust as prices rose and yields tumbled across most maturity levels. [click to continue…]

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Ten New Years’ Resolutions For ETF Investors

by on December 30, 2010 | Updated January 3, 2011

With 2011 just around the corner, tis the season for pledges to better everything from health to wealth to happiness in the coming year. Below, we offer up ten New Years’ Resolutions for ETF investors looking to cut expenses, round out their portfolios, and maximize returns in 2011 [for more ETF insights, sign up for […]

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With the finish line in sight, 2010 has been a generally solid year for commodities as an asset class; strong demand from emerging markets, a shaky dollar, fears about inflation, and a number of supply issues have conspired to send prices of everything from corn to gold to sugar skyward [see Top Five Commodity ETFs […]

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As the ETF industry has grown and evolved, the product lineup has become increasingly sophisticated. Many of the products now hitting the market are designed to address issues posed by earlier indexed products, as issuers strive to devise new strategies for accessing both traditional and exotic asset classes. A number of issuers, led by Schwab […]

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As ETFs have become increasingly popular among more active traders in recent years, it may be easy to forget that the vehicle was  originally designed with the long-term buy-and-holder in mind. For those who take stock in the numerous academic studies indicating that active management generally destroys value over the long haul, cost efficient vehicles […]

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It’s baaaaaaaack. After a brief hiatus that saw investors rushing to determine the best ways to battle deflation, inflationary concerns have begun to surface again. The cause of the latest bout of inflationary anxiety is of course the QE2 program recently announced by the Federal Reserve that calls for the purchase of hundreds of billions […]

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ETFs are a relatively new addition to the scene, but they have already begun to impact the world of investing in more ways than one. The bargain basement expense ratios have forced investors to reevaluate the merits of pricey active management, with many turning away from mutual funds. The enhanced liquidity and immediate diversification have […]

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A choppy session in equity markets left the major indexes mixed to end the day, after a tame CPI report did little to sway investor sentiment. The Dow fell by 0.1% while the Nasdaq jumped by 0.3% and the S&P 500 barely squeaked by with a gain. Commodity markets finished the day slightly lower across […]

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Free ETF Trading: Comparing All The Options

by on October 22, 2010 | Updated July 9, 2014

As the ETF world continues to grow, the competitive landscape continues to evolve. A growing number of firms have attempted to differentiate themselves by offering unique exposure to asset classes and strategies not previously available–such as funds tracking the Philippine stock market or ETNs linked to the price of industrial metals such as zinc or […]

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TD Ameritrade To Offer Commission-Free ETF Trading

by on October 10, 2010 | Updated October 20, 2010

As the ETF world continues to expand, more online brokerage houses are beginning to offer their clients commission-free trading on ETFs as a way to generate interest in these relatively new investment vehicles. Among the first firms to offer this program were Fidelity, which currently offers 26 commission-free iShares ETFs, Charles Schwab (11 ETFs), and […]

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As the ETF world has surged ahead in recent years, perhaps no corner of the industry has generated as much interest as the commodity space. The introduction and proliferation of exchange-traded commodity products has granted many investors access to a section of the investable universe that was previously beyond their reach. The democratization of an […]

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