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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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This week saw earnings season kick into high gear as markets reacted to the most recent performances of the nation’s biggest firms. Big name companies like Halliburton, Texas Instruments, and Abbott Labs all brought good news to markets with their strong marks, while others like Johnson & Johnson and Amazon disappointed investors, coming in below estimates. Tuesday’s State Of The Union address failed to stir any major indexes, as the Obama administration pushed for Americans to work together to keep our economy on the fast track to recovery. This week also saw a major milestone with the Dow Jones Industrial Average eclipsing the 12,000 mark intraday, the first time it has hit the elusive mark since the crippling recession began. However, any optimism was soon erased by the ongoing developments in Egypt where mass protests and a virtual shutdown of the nation’s government has taken place. Investors have fled the country and abandoned emerging markets in general pushing up the dollar, gold, and oil in Friday trading as many returned to a number of safe havens in order to wait out the storm.

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Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept; mutual funds that limit holdings deemed to companies deemed to be good corporate citizens have been around for nearly 40 years. Socially responsible or “sustainable” investing has been slow to make its way into the ETF industry, but there are signs of that changing; last […]

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