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Wall Street started off the month of June with a bang, with all three major indexes rallying in the final minutes of trading after a somewhat choppy session. In economic news, the Institute for Supply Managements index of manufacturing activity unexpectedly contracted in May, marking its first decline in six months. In a separate report, the Commerce Department reported construction spending for April rising less than expected. Investors weighed these underwhelming U.S. economic reports against potential monetary policy changes by the Fed. As such, many will be keeping a close eye on the monthly government employment report at the end of the week [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Gold is one of the oldest corners of the investment community; this yellow metal standing as a powerful hedge for when markets turn sour. As one of the most popular commodities, ETF issuers were quick to cover every aspect of the lucrative market, with ETFs focusing on the physical, future, production and exploration of this one metal [see ETF Cheat Sheet: Precious Metals]. [click to continue…]

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Wall Street finally took a breather today, as mixed economic reports had investors curbing recent bullish momentum. The National Federation of Independent Business reported that its small-business optimism index topped analysts expectations for the month of February; however, the reading also showed that more business owners were reporting declining sales. In the U.K., manufacturing output fell […]

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The ETF boom has made it easier for regular retail investors to add various new asset classes, sectors and markets to their portfolios with a single trade. Features like intraday tradability, low expenses and access to foreign issued shares make them a great way for investors to build market beating portfolios. Overall, the use of […]

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While most enjoyed 2012′s rather impressive track record, other not-so-lucky investors fell pray to those corners of the market most affected by the global economic slowdown. Some of the worst performers were the usual subjects, namely volatile commodities and alternative energy equities, but others might have been somewhat surprising. From the frustrating natural gas market […]

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A slew of disappointing economic reports along with looming concerns surrounding the fiscal cliff discussions had investors pulling back, as many were reluctant to make big bets ahead of the weekend. While investors continued to weigh the probability of Congress coming to a viable solution, U.S. consumer spending came in surprisingly lower, falling 0.2% last month – the first […]

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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of […]

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Gold ETFs have become exceptionally popular as these instruments mitigate many of the most pressing drawbacks to gold ownership – wide bid/ask spreads, physical storage needs, and convenient buying and selling options. Investors have more than a couple of choices within the gold ETF space, including choosing between bullion-oriented funds, futures-oriented funds, and funds which […]

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Investors might be recovering from a case of whiplash today, as a surprising move from Spain and rising optimism surrounding possible Chinese stimulus measures brought momentum back to the markets. The Spanish government unveiled today a 2013 budget plan, which includes over $16 billion of spending cuts and tax increases aimed at persuading the European Union that […]

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Investors remained on eggshells today as bearish sentiment swept across Wall Street. Despite the fact that the central banks of three global powerhouses – the U.S., Euro Zone, and Japan – will be pumping billion of dollars into their economies in an effort to prop up growth, speculations remain high as many have started to […]

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As has been the trend , markets once again took their cue from headlines concerning the Euro Zone bailout saga. According to a report released today, the European Commission and Spain are supposedly working towards implementing the long list of requirements for a bailout fund, ensuring that the nation is well prepared before it asks […]

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Investors were fixated on the words of Bernanke today, as the Fed Chairman delivered his much anticipated speech at the central bank’s annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole. Prior to the speech, investors flooded the market, spurring an early morning rally. But after Bernanke indicated that the central bank will not be taking immediate actions but that they […]

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