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Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall Street continues to buzz about a number of tech firms that are continually rolling out never-before-seen products. When it comes time to choose the right tech ETF for you, the options can be a bit overwhelming, as there are over 30 options to choose from. [click to continue…]

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This year has shaped up to be quite kind to investors as major equity indexes are holding onto double-digit gains ahead of the anticipated Santa Claus rally. Much to the bears’ frustration, the U.S. economy has continued its slow and steady expansion while the Federal Reserve’s commitment to an accommodative monetary policy continues to resonate well on Wall Street [see The Complete History Of The S&P 500 Index].

Amid this bull run, investors have continued to embrace the exchange-traded product structure as the preferred means for accessing virtually any asset class out there. With over 1,500 ETFs on the market, active traders and buy-and-hold investors are able to tap into an array of strategies, some of which have delivered truly impressive gains thus far in 2013.

In the spirit of giving thanks today, below we take a look at seven ETF types that have racked up stellar returns year-to-date (as of 11/26/2013) for shareholders; for comparison, the broad U.S. market, as represented by the SPDR S&P 500 (SPY, A), has returned just over 28% YTD:

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The bull market rages on as optimism levels remain elevated thanks to the latest upbeat GDP and employment reports coupled with supportive monetary policy on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean; the Fed’s decision to start tapering remains on hold, while overseas the European Central Bank cut its benchmark rate to a record low of […]

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The Ascent Continues

by on January 22, 2013 | Updated January 23, 2013

Bearish sentiment has been all talk since the start of the new year as made evident by the ongoing bullish price action seen across equity markets. While many were expecting for corporate earnings to serve as a nasty reminder of the slow recovery at hand, quite the opposite has proved true thus far as financial bellwethers have […]

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In addition to being one of the most widely followed benchmarks in the world, the S&P 500 also serves as the basis for the world’s largest ETF. Between SPY, IVV and VOO, there is more than $160 billion linked to this index in U.S.-listed ETFs, significantly more than any other benchmark [for updates on all […]

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The persistently low interest rate environment has prompted countless investors to beef up exposure to dividend-paying securities in an effort to outpace inflation and lock in income amid a largely uncertain economic landscape. But that’s just the more talked about half of the story; on the other end of the spectrum are optimists who are taking advantage […]

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Today is the day: Facebook finally becomes a public company, trading on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol FB. The highly anticipated ETF is expected to bring massive trading volumes, and interest should remain elevated for the next several sessions. The IPO also spurs some rebalancings and reconstitutions for ETFs that will include Facebook in […]

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After a miserable four day stretch, markets were able to open higher yesterday, as Alcoa started off earnings season with a positive report. For the next few weeks, the biggest and most important companies in the country will be shedding light on their performance in what was the best first quarter in roughly 14 years. […]

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Earnings season is well underway with a mixed bag of results for investors. Starting off with Alcoa, the commodity giant brought a welcomed outlook for the year and pushed stocks higher. Then came hits from JP Morgan and Citigroup while Wells Fargo and Goldman Sachs were able to meet their marks. Though there have been […]

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Global X, the firm behind a wide-ranging lineup of exchange-traded funds, announced this week the debut of two funds linked to NASDAQ indexes. The Global X NASDAQ 400 Mid Cap ETF (QQQM) will be linked to an index consisting of the top 400 mid-capitalization domestic and international non-financial securities listed on NASDAQ. The Global X […]

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Global X became the latest issuer to offer an ETF targeting a segment of the global technology industry this week, rolling out the first ETF to specifically target the social media industry. The new Global X Social Media Index ETF (SOCL) will seek to replicate the Solactive Social Media Index, a benchmark that includes companies […]

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The Independence Day-shortened week was a tumultuous one for markets as stocks stayed flat for much of Tuesday and Wednesday only to soar higher in Thursday’s session on hopes of a jobs recovery. Unfortunately, this was quickly dispelled by a horrendous June jobs report which saw just 14,000 jobs created in the month, helping to push the national […]

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