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With the 2012 presidential elections only a few days away, folks in Washington, Wall Street and Main Street are gearing up to see who will occupy the coveted Oval Office come January. As with any election, there are, of course, those who are still raising their metaphorical pitchforks, slinging mud at the two candidates, and preaching from their soap boxes about why their presidential pick is obviously the only reasonable one out there. Regardless of the media hoopla, voters are still faced with the choice; will it be Romney’s “Five Point” plan that will create more jobs and more take-home pay, or will “moving forward,” not backwards, be the answer to our nation’s problems? [click to continue…]

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Although the economy remains weak in the U.S., it is arguably better here than in many other spots around the world. Inflationary concerns and extreme levels of volatility are rocking emerging markets while many developed markets are facing debt crises on a seemingly daily basis. Yet, investors still remain skeptical of the American stock market as a whole, preferring to keep their assets in low risk options instead. Unsurprisingly, this fear of risk has led many into large cap equities as a haven from the storm, leaving many investors to forget about smaller, and often times more volatile, market cap levels. While this may be fine in a high risk environment, investors could miss out on some of the biggest gains should the economy stabilize and push broad markets higher. [click to continue…]

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Last year was a good year for most asset classes, as investor portfolios continued to recover from the recent recession. The difference in performance between many comparable funds was significant, and many of the best performers of 2010 are relatively small funds that maintain considerably smaller asset bases than their more popular competitors. Below, we […]

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Claymore announced last week the introduction of a new ETF providing exposure to the smallest of the small cap domestic equities. The Wilshire Micro Cap ETF (WMCR) will seek to replicate the Wilshire US Micro-Cap Index, a benchmark consisting of approximately 1,600 micro cap stocks. The weighted average market capitalization of the underlying index is […]

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Although most U.S. investors build their portfolios around a core of large cap domestic equities, small-cap firms, which generally have a market capitalization’s under $2 billion, are a vital component as well. Because small cap stocks tend to have smaller customer bases, shorter operating histories, and less cash on hand, they are often more volatile […]

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Ten iShares ETFs Every Investor Should Know (But Most Don’t)

by on February 10, 2010 | Updated February 11, 2010

San Francisco-based iShares, which was acquired by BlackRock from Barclays last year, has more than 180 U.S.-listed ETFs. But the distribution of assets is far from even across these funds. At the end of 2009, the ten largest iShares ETFs–only about five percent of the issuer’s product line–accounted for 50% of total assets. So there’s […]

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Many investors choose to build their portfolios around core holdings in large and mega cap equities, investing in the S&P 500 or a similar benchmark. Beyond “blue chips,” many round out portfolio holdings with more moderate allocations to mid cap and small cap equities as a means of achieving diversification and potentially enhancing returns. But […]

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