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March was a month of ups and downs, with the S&P reaching record highs and the European Union scrambling to clean up after the banking crisis in Cyprus. Small businesses and retail sales enjoyed a strong month, with positive effects spilling over into other areas of the U.S. markets. Investors were kept on their toes near the end of March, as the small island nation of Cyrus announced its plans to impose a tax on bank depositors, leaving many fearing that this drastic policy action could spill over to other nations in the currency bloc. With the addition of North Korea threatening war with every nation in reach, it’s no surprise that investors are ending March nervous and preparing for another market slowdown [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After the rush of new products in the ETF space in the previous months, the introduction of four new funds in March may seem relatively slow, but the market is likely to pick up again due to the number of ETFs that where filed since the beginning of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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August was a hectic month to say the least, as the first few days saw violent swings in major indexes, at times reaching up to 6% in either direction. The majority of the market volatility came first from our inability to pass a solid debt plan in a reasonable amount of time. Though Congress passed the bill with just hours to spare, investors were not very reassured by the longer-than-expected debates as well as the legislation itself. Next came the knockout blow, as the S&P issued the first-ever downgrade of U.S. debts, sending markets into a frenzy and earning a fair amount of backlash from the Obama administration and big name investors like Warren Buffet as well.

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Run For The Hills!

by on August 6, 2011

This past week was one of the worst the markets have seen since the crash in 2008. Lawmakers in Washington came to a consensus regarding the debt-ceiling, voting to raise the limit on our nation’s already towering deficit. Investor sentiment was pessimistic nonetheless and equity markets sold off even after the debt-drama appeared to be […]

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Rydex, the issuer behind the ultra-popular S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP), announced this week the introduction of two new ETFs that offer equal-weighted exposure to the S&P MidCap 400 Index and S&P SmallCap 600 Index. The new ETFs include:

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