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The growth of the ETF industry has spawned numerous tools that bring forth previously difficult-to-reach corners of the market at the fingertips of mainstream investors. The evolution of the exchange-traded product structure has not only become the preferred vehicle for investors looking to achieve cost-efficient diversification, this instrument has also struck a chord with active traders. ETFs are useful as building blocks in long-term portfolios, however they can also serve as incredibly powerful tactical tools for those looking to implement shorter-term trading strategies.

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Stocks on Wall Street extended their losing streak from last week as the ongoing political gridlock in Greece continues to weigh down on investors’ confidence. On the home front, profit taking pressures hit the S&P 500 Index the hardest, dragging it down by 1.11% on the day, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average fared slightly better, shedding 0.98% on the day. Amidst the looming uncertainties, gold also fell victim to profit taking; futures prices for the precious yellow metal slid roughly 2% on the session, settling near $1,560 an ounce [see also ETF Insider: Beware Of Bargain Shopping]. 

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Bearish pressures prevailed on Wednesday as major equity indexes on Wall Street fell victim to profit taking after a less-than-stellar durable goods data release. The Dow Jones Industrial Average led the way lower for a second trading session in a row, shedding 0.54% on the day, while Nasdaq and S&P 500 tied, each losing 0.49% […]

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Brazil ETF Investing: Five Critical Factors To Consider

by on February 29, 2012 | Updated July 18, 2012

As interest in emerging markets has accelerated over the past few years, many investors have sought to identify the economies from the developing world that maintain the most significant long-term potential. Many engaging in that search have gravitated towards Brazil, home to an abundance of natural resources, a successful clean energy revolution, and an economy […]

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Everyone is familiar with the SPDR S&P 500 Fund (SPY). SPY is by far the most popular ETF in the world, with nearly $100 billion in assets and an ADV around 150 million. Those numbers ensure that this is not only the largest ETF in the world, but one of the largest funds in the investing space. […]

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Equity markets started off the week on a positive note as investors were more than joyful to see Greek leaders accept the proposed austerity measures. Euphoria quickly spread from European markets onto Wall Street as news of the bailout helped to restore confidence in the debt burdened currency bloc, as well as the global economic […]

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AdvisorShares added to its rapidly-growing lineup of active ETFs today with the debut of the Accuvest Global Opportunities ETF (ACCU), which utilizes country-specific ETFs with the goal of generating excess returns relative to benchmarks such as the MSCI All Country World Index. Accuvest, the portfolio manager of the new ETF, utilizes a proprietary country ranking […]

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As the ETF universe has expanded dramatically over the last several years, many investors have taken advantage of this asset class to tap into international equity markets. With single-country ETFs dedicated to dozens of developed and emerging markets, accessing the major (and not-so-major) stock markets around the globe has never been easier.  When evaluating international […]

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UBS, the issuer behind one of the broadest lineups of ETNs available to U.S. investors, continued the aggressive expansion of its product lineup this week with the introduction of two unique offerings. The company rolled out a pair of blunt instruments designed to be used in high level “risk on / risk off” trades, a […]

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The last five years have seen a tremendous expansion of the ETF industry, as assets have skyrocketed and the number of products available to U.S.-based investors has multiplied. That same period of time has also been a period of tremendous volatility in global financial markets; the last five years have witnessed an unprecedented financial crisis, […]

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25 Things Every Financial Advisor Should Know About ETFs

by on November 2, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

The rapid expansion of the ETF industry has been one of the most important developments of the last several decades to financial professionals; as the lineup of exchange-traded products has surged past 1,600, financial advisors now have more tools in their toolkits than ever before to help construct client portfolios. With these new financial products […]

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Equity markets have taken investors for a wild ride over the past three months with chaotic trading dominating virtually every nook and corner of Wall Street. Amidst the volatility, investors have been seeking out refuge and fleeing to “safer” asset classes; although rational, this approach inevitability overlooks certain corners of the market that may in […]

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