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Selling pressures prevailed on Tuesday as investors fretted over commentary from the latest FOMC meeting. Stocks took a nose dive lower after Chairman Bernanke made no direct hints of more stimulus to come. With no word on QE3, investors were quick to take profits across virtually every asset class; stocks and bonds both plunged lower alongside falling gold prices [see also 3 ETFs For The End Of Operation Twist].

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Was The Greek Bailout Priced In?

by on March 12, 2012

After back-and-forth price action throughout most of last week, equity indexes managed to end on a high note as good news from the Greek debt swap deal restored confidence in the debt burdened currency bloc. Bullish euphoria has remained strong on Wall Street thanks to an overwhelming majority of better-than-expected economic data releases in 2012. With Euro zone woes off the table, at least for now, investors can once again turn their attention to fundamental developments on the home front. 

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The Euro zone debt crisis has been at the forefront since late 2009 when it became apparent that Greece was struggling to curb its towering deficit. Greece unsuccessfully implemented several austerity meassures aimed at restoring financial stability, ultimately succumbing to a bailout package in early May of 2010. History has repeated itself since then seeing as […]

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Europe has been at the forefront of headlines around the world, as their debt crisis has been one of the most significant market movers over the past two years. Recently, Greece was granted a second bailout in an effort to bring stability to its economy, though many are unconvinced that this will be enough to […]

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Did Wall Street Forget About Greece?

by on March 5, 2012

Bullish euphoria bolstered equity markets higher last week as better-than-expected economic data stole the headlines. Investors were more than happy to see a big jump in consumer confidence as well as an encouraging GDP report, both of which boosted confidence in the recovery. The biggest surprise on Wall Street was Ben Bernanke’s testimony before Congress; […]

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Is Euro Zone Optimism Here To Stay?

by on February 13, 2012

Last week’s bull-run on Wall Street came to a halt screeching halt on Friday as investors expressed their concerns over the looming, unresolved Euro zone debt crisis. Greek leaders and European policymakers have been battling it out in the negotiations room, although it appears that the drama may be nearing a climax as the debt burdened […]

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Will Euro Woes Rain On The Bull’s Parade?

by on February 6, 2012

Equity markets soared to multi-month highs last week as investors digested encouraging economic data on the home front coupled with positive corporate performance surprises. Wall Street ended the week on a high note after the unemployment rate fell to 8.3%, paving the way for the bulls before Superbowl weekend. Looking forward, with earnings seasons dwindling […]

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Equity indexes took a dive lower as many investors stepped to the sidelines in anticipation of today’s key European summit in Brussels. Selling pressures hit Wall Street on Thursday after the European Central Bank cut rates as expected, but disappointed investors when it announced that it would not continue its bond repurchase program. On the […]

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Late last year, Global X brought to market the FTSE Norway 30 ETF (NORW), the first-ever product to feature targeted exposure to Norway. While the FTSE Nordic 30 ETF (GXF) has been around since late 2009, it only features a 21% exposure to the Norwegian economy, leaving a major exposure gap that was waiting to be filled. […]

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Domestic equity indexes started off the week on a negative note as ongoing worries surrounding the European debt crisis paved the way for low-volume, profit taking across the board. Investors at home will soon deal with resurfacing debt drama in Washington as the November 23d deadline for Congress’ supercommittee approaches, which is faced with devising […]

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Expect More Volatility

by on November 14, 2011

After another up-down week dominated by Euro zone debt drama, domestic equity indexes managed to clinch a gain amidst the volatility. Investor sentiment swayed wildly as the anticipation of Italian Prime Minister Berlusconi’s resignation coupled with ongoing Italian debt woes sparked sell-offs one day and rallies the next, across virtually every corner of the global […]

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Since the downgrade of U.S. credit quality in August, investors have turned their attention to the debt drama taking place overseas. Several Euro zone member nations have fallen victim to mounting government deficits, which has inevitably contributed to investor worries over the health of the financially fragile currency bloc. Economic growth has also been lackluster […]

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