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As 2012 came to a close last year, we sat down and picked out some of the most promising ETF investments for the coming year. While few could have predicted just how far 2013′s bull-run would take us, we placed our ideas in various corners of the market to give investors of all shapes and sizes something that could fit their objectives. There has certainly been a lot of activity this year, as the S&P 500 notched its best annual performance in a decade, helping a lot of investments climb during the 12-month stretch. [click to continue…]

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Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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After suffering through the biggest two-day slump of the year, stocks rebounded on corporate earnings news and some better-than-expected economic reports. Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) reported a quarterly profit that topped analysts’ expectations, while AIG (AIG) announced it swung to a loss, but posted operating profits in certain segments that exceeded expectations. On the economic front, German […]

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This past year shaped out to be quite the roller coaster ride for many investors; equity markets persevered through tumultuous, and seemingly never-ending, eurozone debt drama, while the economic recovery at home remains slow and steady at best.  Heading into 2013, clouds of uncertainty continue to threaten investors’ confidence as the outcome of the much feared “fiscal cliff” has […]

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Uptrend Holds, Correction Pressures Build

by on September 29, 2012

Our bearish suspicions from Monday’s Insider proved correct as major equity benchmarks drifted lower after a number of worrisome headlines gave investors plenty of reasons to take profits. Looming uncertainty in Europe remains a critical driver for stock markets on all fronts; worries over Spain encouraged selling  on Wednesday, only for the bulls to return […]

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Bears Are Lurking

by on September 24, 2012

The grind continues on Wall Street as pre-election jitters at home coupled with the ongoing gridlock in the Euro zone have done little for restoring investors’ confidence. Markets will look to recoup last week’s shallow losses as trading activity is expected to pick up around major economic data releases; on the home front, U.S. GDP […]

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Euphoria has spread across Wall Street as encouraging developments in the Euro zone coupled with positive economic data releases from the home front have helped lift the cloud of uncertainty looming over financial markets. With bullish momentum already on a roll, many are wondering how to favorably position their portfolios as the global recovery picks up […]

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Greek Woes Rattle Confidence

by on February 11, 2012

Equity indexes crept higher all week as encouraging economic data releases on the home front kept the bull train rolling. However, bearish pressures permeated the market on Friday as Greek debt woes struck again, erasing all of the gains from earlier in the week for most securities. The lack of resolution in the financially fragile […]

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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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Over the last several years ETFs have become popular tools for active investors seeking to take advantage of short-term mispricings in the market; the average daily trading volumes on many of the most popular-exchange-traded products clearly indicates that ETFs are widely used by day traders who measure their holding periods in minutes rather than years. […]

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The debate on our nation’s dependence on oil has been a major issue for quite some time now. Crude oil is a finite resource, and one that we will eventually run out of–though estimates of just how long that will take stretch across the board. But as the largest consumers of crude (roughly 7.3 million […]

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As more issuers have rushed into the ETF game and waves of cash inflows have contributed to surging asset levels within the industry, investors find themselves with more options than ever before. Once upon a time, exposure to a specific country or sector through ETFs was a binary decision; investors either had it, or they […]

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