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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and volatility, a number of others managed to post stellar gains, even topping the S&P 500′s impressive +28% return for the year [see The Worst Performing ETFs of 2013]. [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 financial sector at one time seemed like it could do no wrong. Revenue and earnings seemed to go up every year and the sector seemed like the most solid investment around. The financial crisis of 2008 showed that this sector wasn’t immune to financial woes, and investors are still leery of investing too heavily, […]

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Equity markets bounced back today, after yesterday’s sharp pull back had stocks posting their worst one-day performance of the year. Following relatively good earnings and economic reports, bullish momentum came back to the forefront, as has been the trend thus far in 2013. In corporate news, Computer Sciences (CSC) jumped after the company reported better-than-expected […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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With a number of major banks and brokers reporting earnings, the investing world will get an objective glimpse at exactly how all of the overseas turmoil has affected bottom line returns for some of the biggest financial firms in the world. Yesterday investors watched Citigroup announce an 11% dip in quarterly profit, sparking a massive […]

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The ETF industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years and innovation across products has brought forth a multitude of previously inaccessible investment strategies to mainstream investors. Aside from the vast expansion in the exchange-traded product universe, the last five years have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Global […]

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Equities across the globe rose higher for the most part last week, with Portugal’s bond sale easing debt worries, and upbeat earnings reports sending the S&P 500 to new multi-month highs. Meanwhile, gold took a tumble as the conservative safe-haven lost its luster despite continued weakness in the dollar. Treasurys marched upwards on Friday, after […]

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As we kick of earnings season yet again, investors are anxious to see whether or not individual reports will match the impressive performance recently seen in the broad markets. After the Dow gained roughly 7.7% in September alone, many began to see a light at the end of the tunnel, as the recovery seemed to […]

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The first week of earnings season brought mixed results from many bellwethers and did not help to give the market any direction heading into the third quarter. The financials sector took a hit with Citigroup and Bank of America both reporting weak revenues numbers while Internet and consumer sectors also slumped on the back of poor outlooks […]

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Financial stocks will be in focus in coming days, as investors digest financial reforms agreed upon by lawmakers in a bill known as the Dodd/Frank Act. These reforms were passed on early Friday in what many are calling the most sweeping regulatory overhaul on the American financial system since the 1933 and 1934 Security Exchange […]

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Last weekend, shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway descended on the Qwest center in Omaha, Nebraska to hear a few words of wisdom from the legendary investor and CEO of the company, Warren Buffett. For this annual shareholder meeting, over 35,000 people packed into the arena for what has become popularly known as the “Woodstock for capitalists,” […]

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