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Taper talks came into focus once again this week after the Federal Reserve gave somewhat of a positive outlook on the economy, leaving investors speculating when the central bank will begin tapering its bond purchases. Meanwhile, investors also weighed a slew of earnings reports this week from big name companies; ConocoPhillips (COP), Apple (AAPL), and Facebook (FB) all beat analysts’ expectations, while Exxon Mobil (XOM) posted better-than-expected Q3 profit and revenue, despite an 18% decline in profits [see How To Invest In 2013's Breakthrough Technologies]. [click to continue…]

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April was a month of economic reporting on all sides, and the majority of the market finished the month with strong returns. Disappointing ISM and labor data was seen both early and late in the month, as April saw a slowdown in the growth of new U.S. private sector jobs. Gold dominated the headlines after the precious metal tumbled over 9% mid month, marking the largest single-day drop in 30 years. The Japanese central bank announced early in the month that it would implement a number of aggressive easing measures in an attempt to double the government bond holdings over the next two years, while an economic slowdown in China sent global investors into a frenzy [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

After last month’s trickle of new funds, April was a rush of products into the ETF space, with 18 new funds coming to market all throughout the month. With even more issuers filing, it look like the rest of this year will see many more ETF introductions [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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The dramatic drop in gold prices and less than inspiring earnings reports cast a shadow across the market this week, but the ETF space saw a huge expansion in funds. iShares alone has rolled out nine new ETFs–its first funds for 2013–with FlexShares and Credit Suisse each adding their own funds to the universe as […]

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