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Though equity markets have seemingly taken a breather in recent months, the overall investment landscape so far in 2013 has been a positive one. And with investors slowly making their way back to riskier corners of the market, certain investment strategies have managed to deliver stellar returns. One such winning strategy has been investments in small capitalization equities [see Visual Guide: Major Index Returns By Year]. [click to continue…]

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As the ETF universe continues to expand, more and more issuers are digging deeper into the existing categories, trying to once again carve out their own niche market. From a historical perspective in the ETF universe, small cap stocks have exhibited favorable return profiles relative to their large cap counterparts and because their operations are relatively risky, investors expect to receive additional returns over the long run to compensate for additional volatility. Small cap growth funds focus on this risk and could spell disaster in the wrong hands, or huge returns in the right ones [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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ETF Picks For 3 Of America’s Best Small Companies

by on November 13, 2012 | Updated November 30, 2012

Through the development of ETFs, investors are not only able to apply them as a great diversification tools, but these funds also grant access to niche markets and businesses often overlooked in large portfolios. Small businesses are typically included in ETFs seeking high growth potential and diversification, even though within the first five years, 50% of […]

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AdvisorShares, one of the largest issuers of active ETFs, made another addition to its lineup this week with the debut of a fund that will seek to capture results of long/short hedge fund managers. The new QAM Equity Hedge ETF (QEH) will employ an active long/short strategy that will seek to outperform about half of […]

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Domestic equity markets got off to an explosive start as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke expressed his concerns regarding the ongoing recovery and reaffirmed his support of accommodative policies as deemed necessary. Stocks rallied higher as investors were relieved to see that the central bank is committed to promoting the recovery even if it entails another round […]

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Stocks were able to climb out of their hole to finish out the week in positive territory, despite abysmal markets mid-way through the week. The S&P 500 was able to tack on 0.4% on the day while the Dow was able to make mild gains to erase its near 200 point nosedive on Tuesday. Today’s […]

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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:

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U.S. equity markets rose for the second straight day as the Dow and Nasdaq posted 1% gains and the S&P 500 ended higher by 0.8% to finish the week above the 1,100 mark. Two solid days in a row reignited traders’ demand for risky securities which sent gold down more than $7/oz. and pushed up […]

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Equity markets fell sharply again to finish the week, as the Dow posted another triple digit loss after one of the wildest trading days in history on Thursday. The tech heavy Nasdaq sank by 2.3% while European equities also fell as Greek debt issues remained in focus and Britain’s general election vote ended in a […]

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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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Leveraged ETFs were in the headlines a great deal in 2009, but most of the coverage was less than favorable. Misinformation on these products was widespread throughout the year, leading to confusion on many aspects of these products and some unfair generalizations. One of the primary points of discussion was the performance of leveraged ETFs […]

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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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