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Anticipation was the name of the game last week, as all eyes focused on Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and his speech at Jackson Hole on Friday. Investors flooded the market prior to the speech, spurring an early morning rally. But after Bernanke indicated that the central bank will not be taking immediate actions, but they are ready to step in should the economy worsen (essentially regurgitating what he has been saying for the past several months), stocks quickly sold off. But, of course, the reaction was short-lived, since now investors are apparently satisfied with another “hint” of QE3. Perhaps this month’s anemic trading was enough motivation for investors to jump back into the markets, regardless of the lack of concrete developments on the macroeconomic front. This week, investors will once again see a number of economic reports around the globe, which will hopefully restore some momentum to the markets. Below, we outline three ETFs that should see a fair amount of activity during the week ahead [see also 7 Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio]:

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The expansion of the ETF industry over the last several years has been well documented; there are now more than 1,400 exchange-traded products offering exposure to a record number of asset classes and investment strategies. The granularity of the ETF lineup is perhaps most evident in the international equity corner of the market, where there are “pure play” ETFs for just about every major global economy (and in many cases, multiple options to choose from).

Targeting stocks of a specific country can have appeal to those investors who believe they are capable of identifying markets that will outperform their peer groups or post better-than-expected GDP growth. But unfortunately, country-specific ETFs don’t always necessarily deliver direct exposure to the underlying economy.   [click to continue…]

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To put it mildly, Europe stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the Euro Zone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. Although allocations to this sector have understandably diminished in recent years, European equities remain a key component of many long-term, buy-and-hold portfolios, seeing as how they nicely round out international exposure as […]

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As we enter Q2, investors will be looking back to one of the best three-month stretches in recent history, as stocks surged amid a rally that has defined 2012. Both the Dow and S&P 500 have crossed pivotal points as they have hit post-recession highs and set their sights on a full recovery. But the […]

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Tuesday saw a welcomed bull run on Wall Street as it was announced that a number of major banks had passed their respective stress tests, meaning that they would have enough capital to endure even the most severe scenarios. Investors cheered on the news with a buying trend that show the Dow up to its […]

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As we enter March, investors have plenty on their minds for the coming month. Yesterday saw a slew of important U.S. data hit the market as both GDP and personal consumption saw a healthy uptick, sparking more confidence in domestic markets. In fact, U.S. confidence also showed a sizable gain on Tuesday, giving a fair amount of […]

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First Trust announced the introduction of seven new single country international ETFs, dramatically expanding its lineup of international equity funds. Each of the new ETFs will be linked to indexes that utilize the AlphaDEX methodology that is used in a number of existing First Trust ETFs. The new ETFs are: 

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This year has gotten off to a quiet start relative to the busy end that 2011 saw. But that doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of market moving events to talk about. One of the biggest stories has been the euro, which has been under enormous pressure to start off the year. Others are […]

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Wall Street got off to a fairly quiet start for the week as investors were reluctant to jump aboard the much anticipated Santa Claus rally. U.S. consumer confidence data surpassed expectations as the figure came in at 64.5, versus the previous month’s reading of 55.2. Despite improving prospects for the U.S. economic recovery, domestic equity […]

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Stay On The Defense

by on December 12, 2011

Last week shaped out to be yet another range-bound trading frenzy, dominated by fear induced selling in the early part of the week, and ending with a modest rally on Friday as investors cheered on the developments at the summit in Brussels. Gold drifted lower towards $1,700 an ounce amidst the uncertain backdrop. The precious […]

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Bullish fever ran wild across equity markets on Wednesday after the Fed and the central banks of the Euro zone, Canada, Japan, United Kingdom, and Switzerland agreed to collectively lower the cost of offering dollar financing through swap arrangements. The S&P 500 led the way higher, soaring 4.33% for the day, while the Nasdaq lagged […]

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As the ETF universe has expanded rapidly over the past few years, so too has the reach of its exposure. Where there was once only a few hundred products for basic investing, there now stands over 1,400 ETFs with more than one trillion in combined assets. There are now ETFs for not only broad-based investing, […]

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