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U.S. stocks were on edge this morning, as investors remain relatively pessimistic about the start of the second quarter earnings season. U.S. cynicism combined with continuing Euro Zone drama have understandably spooked investors, causing equities to slide into their third day of declines. After a slew of sour economic reports last week, markets were once again bombarded with less than cheery news from overseas. With the slowdown of powerhouse China’s economy as well as several other European countries, investors will continue to keep a close and cautious eye on how these macroeconomic events will impact U.S earnings [see also Seven Simple & Cheap ETF Model Portfolio].
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Interest in emerging market investments have been surging in recent years, as many have turned to these developing economies for growth that can be found nowhere else in the world. While there are plenty of nations to choose from, most investors tend to stick to the BRIC nations, as these have been deemed to be the most promising options available. Of those four nations, China seems to have taken a special place in investors’ portfolio as the world’s largest country by population has a lot to offer [see also Five ETFs For A China Bank Bubble]. [click to continue…]

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Cautiously Bullish At Home

by on May 7, 2012

Mixed economic releases coupled with concerning nonfarm payrolls data left many scrambling to take profits, sending major indexes into red territory for the week. With earnings season in the books, investors will once again focus their attention on fundamental data releases along with headlines from the Euro zone. The week ahead looks to be clouded with uncertainty as parliamentary elections across the […]

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After a long wait, this week will kick off earnings season, as investors around the world will be looking to see how the corporate sector has fared over the last three months. Though stock markets have been able to rally for the first quarter of 2012, some are worried that individual companies have not followed […]

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Equity markets oscillated between minor gains and losses throughout most of the week as profit taking pressures were abundant after investors digested a number of mixed economic data releases. Investors were frustrated with reports from the housing market which showed that the real estate market recovery is still sluggish at best. Consumer-confidence and durable goods […]

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Do Fundamentals Justify The Wall Street Rally?

by on March 26, 2012 | Updated March 30, 2012

Stock markets retreated last week as sparse economic data releases paved the way for profit taking. This week will see a host of important fundamental news on the home front as investors digest durable goods orders, GDP, and consumer spending data. Markets are off to a hot start as Ben Bernanke’s speech on Monday morning lifted hopes […]

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As far as the majority of the ETF industry is concerned, size is everything. Institutions and financial advisors often have minimum AUM requirements for investing; a pre-screen that many ETFs fail due to their smaller size. Even individual investors are quick to write off a fund with low assets, as they assume its low popularity […]

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Beware Of Lingering Euro Fears

by on January 9, 2012

Equity markets hit the ground running last week as investors came back from the holiday weekend with a fairly optimistic outlook for 2012. U.S. stocks started off the year with a solid rally as investors’ confidence was bolstered by multiple better-than-expected economic data reports; consistent improvements in the housing market coupled with a downtick in […]

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ETFdb.com, the independent and authoritative database of exchange-traded products, is excited to announce the introduction of an expanded and improved suite of resources that offers tools for segmenting and analyzing more than 1,300 U.S.-listed ETFs and ETNs. The combination of these new tools with the robust ETF categorization system maintained by ETFdb gives investors a […]

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ETF Research Report Now Available: China ETFs In Focus

by on July 31, 2011 | Updated August 3, 2011

Over the past few years it has become increasingly clear that China is now the most important economy in the world. Though second to the U.S. in total size, China accounts directly for a significant portion of global GDP growth and has contributed indirectly to expansion in developed and emerging markets around the globe–particularly resource […]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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ETF Screener Upgrade: Filter Commission Free ETFs

by on June 29, 2011 | Updated July 21, 2011

The latest upgrade to the free ETF screener allows investors to filter through the universe of nearly 1,300 exchange-traded products to identify securities that can be traded commission free in various brokerage accounts. The new functionality allows investors to focus on ETFs eligible for commission free trading on a specific platform, or to see a […]

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