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U.S. equities finished the session narrowly mixed, closing out the rather lackluster month of July. At today’s highly anticipated Fed policy statement, the central bank said it will continue to purchase $85 billion in mortgage and Treasury securities per month. The Fed indicated that modest growth rates, higher mortgage rates and low inflation were the primary factors behind their decision to keep its easy-money policies. In other economic news, the U.S. economic growth rate unexpectedly accelerated in the second quarter with GDP growing at a 1.7% annual rate. In a separate report, private employers added 200,000 jobs in July, beating economists’ expectations [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

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Sony and Microsoft both announced earlier this Spring that the companies will be releasing new editions of their popular gaming consoles. The Xbox One from Microsoft was announced in late May and has already faced harsh backlash from consumers for a number of changes to the system, but it has also been praised for the new games assigned onto the system. Sony’s PlayStation 4 was recently unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo and while first reactions are more positive than the Xbox’s, not as many details have been given on this updated console. Neither gaming system is set to launch before the end of the summer, instead aiming for the busy holiday shopping season at the end of the year, but this will leave plenty of time for investors to pick their side in the console war [for updates on ETF investing, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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In addition to offering diversified exposure to traditional sectors of the market, ETFs can also allow you to tap into lucrative industries that may otherwise be too risky to access on their own. 3-D printing is one such industry that has captivated countless investors, and for good reason; this revolutionary technology promises to change how […]

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The technology sector is often associated with delivering lucrative returns, while at the same time having a rather risky reputation. Some even consider the industry as one of the last “growth” frontiers left in the market, as innovation continues to be the driving force behind rapid product development and a constant effort to boost efficiency. […]

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Technological innovation and development have certainly been game changers in the investment world. Last year was an active one for the technology industry, with the launch of several new Apple and Windows products, a lawsuit between two top tech firms, and the rather dreary public offering of social media giant Facebook. Despite some bumps in […]

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When it comes to the world of exchange-traded products, there are virtually no limits as to how investors can choose to play nearly every corner of the market. From compelling quant-based methodologies to hyper-targeted sector funds, there is an ETF to fit essentially every investor’s investment objective. But for those looking to gain access to some of […]

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It’s always exciting to see renowned experts from all corners of the financial industry come together in one venue. Inside ETFs, the world’s largest ETF conference, fits the profile of such a noteworthy event. The 5th annual Inside ETFs Conference, hosted by IndexUniverse, took place in Hollywood, Florida just a few weeks ago in late […]

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State Street, the issuer behind the two largest U.S.-listed exchange-traded products, announced today the launch today of three new funds offering targeted exposure to key sub-sectors of the U.S. economy. The new funds will track narrow corners of the technology, health care, and industrials sector, giving investors new options for placing targeted bets on the […]

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This past week was a generally positive one for markets as investors shook off European worries for the time being, buying up equities across the board. Although stocks trended lower in Monday trading, they soon took off in the middle part of the week as a coordinated effort by the leaders of the euro zone […]

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A variety of political reports and government data updates have been driving the markets for the past couple of days as investors have focused in on Greece, the Federal Reserve, and more recently, the IEA. Thanks to these events, earnings reports have taken a backseat for the past few weeks as investor attention has been elsewhere. […]

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Investing in the tech sector has been especially rocky as of late as some tech firms– such as LinkedIn– have hit it big while others have faced significant market pressure.  One company that has been feeling the heat since its most recent move is Microsoft which bought Skype in a $8.5 billion deal a few […]

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U.S. equity markets continued their September surge last week, as the Dow and S&P 500 both posted solid gains to mark the third consecutive week in positive territory. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq posted an even stronger five days and was up every day last week thanks to solid earnings reports out of a variety of names […]

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