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ETFs continue to find their way into countless portfolios as investors of all styles have embraced these innovative tools for executing long-term strategies. Although the diversification benefits offered through the exchange-traded product structure are extremely valuable, many investors often times overlook the fact that even the most diversified portfolio is susceptible to rampant volatility. The integration of global financial markets has undeniably sparked a rise in cross-asset correlation levels, prompting many to seek out alternative sources of return that stand to offer refuge whenever the winds all blow in one direction [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Equities made their biggest one-day gain today since the Fed announced QE3 last month. Fueling the rally was better-than-expected earnings reports from bellwethers Johnson & Johnson and Goldman Sachs. Helping drive markets higher was a rather cheery report from the housing and industrial sector; the National Association of Home Builders reported that confidence of home builders rose this month to the highest level since June of 2006, while another report showed that industrial output rose last month at a higher-than-expected pace. Overall, investors have been sighing in relief as this quarter’s earnings season has for the most part been better-than-expected [see also ETF Insider: Support Levels In Sight]. [click to continue…]

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With benchmark interest rates hovering at or near zero in many developed markets, investors of all types have been seeking out high-yielding asset classes to deliver current returns to their portfolios. Many have gravitated towards the 50+ dividend-focused ETFs on the market as tools for this challenging objective; that segment of the universe features many […]

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Investors were in for a volatile day of trading today, as uncertainty surrounding the timing of Spain’s bailout request and festering concerns over the health of the global economy put a cap on gains today. After a morning filled with circulating rumors, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy emphasized that the country’s request for a bailout, […]

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Uncertainty clouded Wall Street once again today, as concerns over Spain and lackluster reports on U.S. wage gains and manufacturing had markets sputtering to the finish. As has been the trend in recent weeks, all eyes remained on Spain today after speculations over whether or not Moody’s Investors Service will downgrade the Spanish government debt to “junk” […]

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To put it mildly, European stocks have had a rough couple of years, as the eurozone sovereign-debt crisis continues to plague the continent. And with many economies in the eurozone continuing to teeter on the edge of default (or forced bailouts), investors around the globe have remained understandably leery of any investments made within the shaky […]

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Brief History Of ETFs

by on September 11, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Exchange-traded products are ubiquitous in the world of investing. The more than 1,600 products have accumulated billions of dollars, and are widely used by all types of investors, from individuals with relatively small accounts and simple strategies to sophisticated hedge funds managing billions. So it may be hard to believe that the ETF industry is […]

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As Draghi delivered, markets took cue, surging to pre-recession highs in one of the most active and momentum-filled days in this dreadfully slow summer slump. During the highly anticipated ECB meeting this morning, the central banked detailed its most aggressive plan to date to deal with the region’s mounting debt crisis. The newly unveiled bond-buying […]

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Bearish sentiment took over Wall Street today, as escalating fears about the Euro Zone and anticipation ahead of Bernanke’s speech spurred a global market sell off. Sour economic reports weighed heavily on investors with the Euro Zone’s measure of economic sentiment reported to be at its lowest level in over two years. The U.S. Labor […]

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The 2012 Summer Olympic Games have been a spectacle of fierce competition and a seemingly never-ending journey in pushing the limits of the human body. This year’s games, which began on July 27 and officially end on August 12, have effortlessly captured our attention as athletes from 204 nations have gathered to compete in 26 sports. With […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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With the first half of 2012 coming to a close, investors find themselves perhaps only partially through a rocky roller coaster ride. Europe has undeniably been the story of 2012 to this point, and will likely continue to steer global equity markets in the second half. So it’s no surprise perhaps that there are plenty […]

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