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Sell On The Pop Prospects August 26th Edition

by on August 26, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons; first, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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Look Out Below

by on July 9, 2011

Equity markets started the week on a quiet note as investors were reluctant to jump back into the markets following the long holiday weekend. Moody’s downgrade of Portugal sent waves of selling across European equity markets, and gold jumped higher amidst all the uncertainty. The hot yellow metal was easily this week’s star-performer as it managed to start the trading week higher by about $30, and the precious metal was able to holds it’s gains and even add on more in the days following, closing around $1,544 an ounce for the week. Crude oil futures also rallied higher to just under $100 a barrel, but volatility remains extremely high in the energy market and gains quickly evaporated on Friday as futures prices dropped back to the $96.50 level.

Friday’s disappointing employment report sent investors running to the safe havens and domestic equity indexes gave up much of the weeks gains in the final trading session of the week. Our model ETF portfolios have managed to hold their ground fairly well, even amidst all of the uncertainty still plaguing financial markets across the globe.

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Gold Soars Past Equities

by on July 6, 2011

Investors returned quietly to Wall Street after the long holiday weekend as equity markets oscillated between small gains and losses for most of trading on Tuesday. Moody’s downgraded Portugal’s sovereign debt to junk-status, sending the euro lower in the currency markets and gold even higher. The hot yellow metal lead the way up and jumped […]

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Will The Market’s Fireworks Continue?

by on July 4, 2011 | Updated July 5, 2011

Last week saw markets perform very well to close out the quarter as the Dow gained more than 600 points in five days. This robust gain came thanks to declining fears over a Greek default and solid manufacturing data in the U.S. This led many to buy equities on the dip, resulting in solid gains for all […]

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Time For A Real Estate ETF?

by on January 26, 2010 | Updated November 9, 2012

Historically, no portfolio was complete without a material allocation to real estate. Consistently high real returns and low correlations to stocks and bonds made it easy to overlook the out-of-whack fundamentals that ultimately led to an unprecedented collapse. But when real estate markets got a reality check in late 2008, many investors swore off the […]

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Best Performing ETFs Of 2009

by on December 21, 2009 | Updated April 30, 2010

Following a year that saw some of the worst performances in recent memory, many asset classes have bounced back in  2009. But some have performed better than others, and as the year draws to a close we take a look at some of the best-performing ETFs. The year’s top gainers include a few of the […]

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With a roller coaster six months behind us that saw no shortage of interesting twists and turns and unsuspected headlines, we’ve finally reached the midway point of 2009. Ahead of us is the highly anticipated “second half of 2009,” which for months we’ve heard will hold returns to growth, a recovering economy, and enough green […]

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As the first half of 2009 draws to a close, it seems that we’re finally starting to see things return to some semblance of normality. Equity markets have rallied sharply since bottoming out in March. Volatility is back within its historical range after hitting record highs over the past year. And politicians in Washington have […]

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