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After rallying throughout the earlier hours, U.S. equities drifted off session highs following Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke’s testimony for Congress. Bernanke emphasized, “our asset purchases depend on economic and financial developments, but they are by no means on a preset course”. The chairman also noted that while the bond buying program could be reduced somewhat more quickly if economic conditions improve, the central bank could still maintain its $85 billion monthly pace for longer if labor market conditions worsen. In other economic news, housing starts tumbled 9.9% in June to the lowest level since last August [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Summer weather is here and you’re either smiling about it or sweating it out. Corporate earnings have taken over the headlines as investors look to digest quarterly performance results from industry bellwethers in light of recent talks of the Fed potentially scaling back on stimulus efforts. Amid the ongoing bull run, clouds of uncertainty have started to gather over Wall Street, as volatility has historically made the summer months quite bumpy for the buy-and-hold crowd [see also The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Wall Street regained some of its momentum today as investors digested the latest commentary from two Fed officials. Helping boost equities were a pair of speeches from St. Louis Fed President James Bullard and New York Fed President William Dudley; Bullard commented that the central bank’s stimulus measures have been “effective” and expressed his continuing […]

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Over the last few years, interest in the healthcare industry has been on the rise as investors embrace this popular corner of the market for its lucrative opportunities and attractive growth potential. The investment thesis behind this sector is quite simple: the U.S.’s growing aging population has made healthcare spending a significant portion of our […]

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While Washington’s budget talk session ended in a stalemate, Wall Street charged ahead with equities rallying on upbeat economic data. According to the Institute for Supply Management’s manufacturing purchasing managers’ index reading, the U.S. factory sector expanded at a faster pace last month, exceeding analysts’ exceptions for a slight slowdown. The Thomson-Reuters and University of Michigan’s consumer-sentiment […]

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Dividend investing has always drawn a large crowd for its stability and high current income focus. For the most part, companies choose to make cash distributions when experiencing excess cash or when they want to skew their debt-to-equity ratios. Recently, however, a new trend has developed in which companies have even more incentive to let […]

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While some American’s were elated with Obama’s re-election, Wall Street made it quite clear who it had voted for as markets took a sharp nosedive in a post-election sell off immediately following the President’s victory. To many investors, Obama’s re-election has placed looming concerns over the Fiscal Cliff to the forefront, as the automatic round of […]

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Few companies can generate buzz comparable to the euphoria radiating from beloved consumer electronics giant Apple. This industry bellwether stole the headlines in the first few month of 2012, and for good reasons to. Shares of Apple rallied 55% from the start of the year up to their most recent peak at $644 a share on 4/10/2012 […]

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Given the ongoing weakness in the global economy, many investors have abandoned bets on risky sectors of the market and have instead focused their attention on traditional defensive segments. Thanks to relatively high growth prospects, health care has once again become a popular segment, due to its noncyclical nature and high barriers to entry. Yet, despite […]

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Tuesday’s ETF To Watch: Medical Devices Fund (IHI)

by on February 22, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

The health care sector has been in the middle of major political and economic debates since the Obama administration began pushing its aggressive health care law last year. Since that time, many have argued over how to move forward in the space, and over economically viable ways to provide care to the citizens of our […]

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For the past two weeks, global economic trends have been weighing on equities, with an Irish debt crisis, the possible raising of Chinese interest rates, and now a corruption scandal in India, markets have tried hard to keep their heads above water, but all to no avail. Most trading days have finished in the red […]

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As equity markets continue to tread water, many investors who haven’t fled for safe havens such as Treasuries and gold have turned to more defensive sectors of the U.S. equity market. Despite this flight to quality, ETFs in the Health and Biotechnology ETFdb Category have slumped so far in 2010, with most falling by more […]

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