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When building a diversified buy-and-hold portfolio, many investors utilize a well-balanced combination of fixed income and equity securities. Historically, investors have also embraced material allocation to real estate; however, since the housing crisis, investors are still quite hesitant to jump back into this corner. As the real estate market continues to grow, an allocation to this unique asset class should certainly not be overlooked. [click to continue…]

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High-Yield Prospects February 23rd Edition

by on February 23, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%. [click to continue…]

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High-Yield Prospects February 16th Edition

by on February 16, 2014 | Updated February 21, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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High-Yield Prospects February 9th Edition

by on February 9, 2014 | Updated February 10, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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High-Yield Prospects January 12th Edition

by on January 12, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Real estate has long been a popular asset class as it tends to offer excellent long-term returns with relatively low correlation to equities and can also serve as a viable hedge against inflation. One of the best things about the expansion of the ETF universe is the extent to which it has spawned numerous vehicles for […]

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The housing sector has been rather difficult to predict in the past few years. Once the U.S. housing bubble burst and the Great Recession began, investors pulled out of a number of domestic equities fearing that the crisis would last for quite some time. Unfortunately, those investors were correct, as housing in the U.S. is […]

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To say that the current investment landscape is complex would be quite the understatement. Recent weeks have seen environmental, humanitarian, and economic crises break out in Japan, with the aftershocks rippling throughout the global economy. Moving across the globe, the Libyan Crisis has dominated headlines for quite some time now, as a series of revolutions […]

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Time For A Real Estate ETF?

by on January 26, 2010 | Updated November 9, 2012

Historically, no portfolio was complete without a material allocation to real estate. Consistently high real returns and low correlations to stocks and bonds made it easy to overlook the out-of-whack fundamentals that ultimately led to an unprecedented collapse. But when real estate markets got a reality check in late 2008, many investors swore off the […]

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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In recent months, the U.S. housing market has shown signs of life, with several major metropolitan areas eking out small month-over-month gains. While home prices remain well below year-ago levels, there are at least signs that the worst has passed, and a modest recovery is now underway.

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After decades of flying high and shrugging off crises around the world, U.S. equity markets have fallen on some tough times. The epicenter of the mortgage crisis that evolved into a global recession has scared away many investors away from the U.S. markets, afraid that the worst is yet to come and that the “glory days” […]

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