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We are recommending a new short  position for the month ahead, which looks to favorably position investors in the event of a broad market pullback. Below, we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.

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Wall Street analysts had low expectations for the second quarter earnings season’s results, but companies are coming out of it with more steam than before. Even though not all reports were positive, the U.S. market has continued through the summer months on a generally positive note. With this in mind, it is no surprise that the ETF industry is booming; July alone saw the introduction of 17 new funds and not a single closing, and equities continue to push forward in 2013 [see also How to Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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In the last few years, investors have slowly found their way back to equity markets as more lucrative opportunities continue to present themselves. And with more and more investors adopting higher risk tolerances, bullish momentum has undoubtedly become a dominant force on Wall Street, pushing equity markets into uncharted territory. And though across the board, […]

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After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled with yet another round of reports. Last week, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) reported weaker-than-expected sales, while Goldman Sachs (GS) posted earnings per share of $3.70, well past the $2.82 estimate. Continuing the […]

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U.S. equities ended little changed today as investors digested a slew of corporate news and earnings, as well as Bernanke’s commentary from earlier this week. JPMorgan Chase (JPM) reported earnings and revenue that were well above Wall Street expectations. Wells Fargo & Co. (WFC) also posted better-than-expected results, with profit rising 20% in the second quarter. Shares […]

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Though the fiscal cliff ordeal was somewhat successfully avoided, Washington has yet another hurdle to face in the coming months: budget talks. Back in January, the last minute deal cobbled together by Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden raised income tax rates for those earning over $450,000. The tax hikes are expected to reduce the deficit […]

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It was yet another day of lackluster trading on Wall Street, with stocks posting declines once again. With the first week of 2013′s euphoria quickly wearing off, investors braced themselves for the start of the fourth quarter corporate earnings season. Though many are expecting earnings growth, investors believe it will be quite some time before […]

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This could be it, the beginning of the end. One of the most popular folklore tales in recent years, the world is scheduled to come to an end tomorrow, December 21, 2012. Many believers have prepared with emergency supplies and shelters, and Hollywood has even immortalized the event with a film depicting a doomsday scenario. […]

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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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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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Can Defense ETFs Survive A Spending Slowdown?

by on September 14, 2011 | Updated September 29, 2011

Over the past few months, one of the key issues that has been facing the U.S. is the enormous budget deficit and how best to get this debt under control. The U.S. has already lost its prized ‘AAA’ credit rating according to S&P and it appears that others may follow if more steps aren’t taken […]

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The month of May was a generally disappointing stretch for investors, as both international and domestic equity markets struggled to overcome obstacles new and old. Commodities, which had been a nice source of absolute returns for much of the last year, fell on hard times as well; precious metals went into a brief freefall, and […]

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