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The ETF boom has made it easier for regular retail investors to add various new asset classes, sectors and markets to their portfolios with a single trade. Features like intraday tradability, low expenses and access to foreign issued shares make them a great way for investors to build market beating portfolios. Overall, the use of ETFs continues to rise and a recent survey by INVESCO shows that these products will make up 24% of portfolio allocations over the next 12 months and 33% over the next three years [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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After recently rolling out a suite of ETFs linked to popular S&P indexes, Vanguard continued its push to grab a larger share of the ETF market on Wednesday by introducing seven new products linked to Russell benchmarks. The new Vanguard ETFs include: [click to continue…]

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U.S. equity markets sank in Thursday trading as all the major indexes fell sharply on weak data. The Dow plunged 1.4% while the Nasdaq and the S&P 500 both fell by 1.7% as traders fled risky assets for the relative safety of gold and U.S. Treasury bills which both saw their prices risen today’s trading […]

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Thanks to relatively bullish reports from Alcoa and CSX after the bell on Monday, equity markets surged higher in Tuesday trading; the S&P 500 and the Dow jumped by 1.5% and the Nasdaq rose by close to 2%. In commodity markets, gold jumped back above the $1,200 mark while oil surged more than 3% to […]

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Equity markets rose modestly in Wednesday trading, with the Dow gaining close to 1.4% and the Nasdaq gaining more than 2%. This sharp boost came after the Commerce Department reported that U.S. exports rose 3.2% in March to their highest level since October 2008. Among Dow components, Cisco Systems saw its shares rise by 3% […]

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Fidelity To Offer Commission-Free Trading On 25 iShares ETFs

by on February 2, 2010 | Updated April 26, 2013

Fidelity Investments announced today that it will offer its retail customers commission-free online trades for a suite of 25 iShares ETFs. The funds included in the commission-free platform include ETFs in all nine domestic equity style/size categories, as well as international equity and fixed income options. “Fidelity has partnered with the leading ETF provider in […]

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When discussing their portfolios and asset allocation tactics, many investors and advisors indicate their preference for either value and growth investing in an effort to define their general investment strategy. ETF investors are no different, with dozens of funds that tilt their holdings towards each strategy offering ways to construct portfolios designed to take advantage […]

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Unemployment was the story of the day on Friday, as a report from the Labor Department showed that unemployment unexpectedly declined to 10.0% in November. Only 11,000 jobs were shed in the U.S., the best monthly showing since December 2007. Economists had predicted a loss of 125,000 jobs and an unemployment rate holding steady at […]

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The recovery showed signs of falling into chaos on Thursday, with Treasury Secretary Geithner facing a firestorm in Washington as lawmakers called for his resignation and Dell reported a decline in profits of more than 50%. Elsewhere in the world, EU leaders (as expected) selected Belgian Premier Herman van Rompuy as the bloc’s first full-time […]

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The wild ride on Wall Street continued on Thursday, with stocks posting big gains as Starbucks and CBS posted profits and retail sales moved slightly higher for the last month. Cisco led tech stocks higher, driving the Dow to a gain of more than 200 points for the first time in three months. The ETFdb […]

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Are Value ETFs Leading Us Out Of The Recession?

by on June 25, 2009 | Updated May 14, 2013

Conventional wisdom says that while growth stocks outperform their value counterparts during recessions, value stocks gain the upper hand once the economy hits bottom, leading the way during the early recovery stage of most economic cycles. That’s according to a report by Russell Investments of Tacoma, Washington, which indicates that growth outperformance tends to reverse […]

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