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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as they have allowed investors to invest in all of their favorite energy firms and strategies under one ticker [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter] [click to continue…]

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Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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This year has been rough for commodities. Gold is down roughly 25% in 2013, as is corn, while silver is off an astounding 35% through the end of June. But there has been one exception to this trend: energy, particularly oil. Crude oil has proven more resilient and less volatile this year (depending on which […]

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As it turned out, the most recent Great (Sector) Rotation was short lived and perhaps not so great after all. But although defensive sectors are back to outperforming cyclical sectors amid June market volatility, I still believe there’s a strong case for preferring cyclicals over defensives, or at least select cyclicals [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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U.S. equities finished off a volatile week in the red today, following a slew of mixed economic data and lingering Fed tapering concerns. In economic news,  the University of Michigan’s preliminary consumer sentiment reading came in at 82.7, below the 84.5 expectation. In separate reports, producer prices rose more than expected, while the current account […]

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In the wide world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no corner of the market more popular than energy equities, as this volatile yet often rewarding sector has become a staple in many investors’ portfolios. Taking an equity approach to the most heavily traded segment of the commodities market is appealing to many, as this […]

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Stocks Hit 2012 Highs

by on September 8, 2012 | Updated September 12, 2012

After a lackluster climax to last week’s Jackson Hole speech, investors finally got a dose of the stimulus that the markets have been craving. Major equity benchmarks staged a massive rally this past Thursday as investors rejoiced over the European Central Bank’s announcement of the “outright monetary transaction” plan, which aims to beef up the government bond-buying […]

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Be Wary Of A Steeper Correction

by on September 4, 2012

And so it begins. Regarded by many as perhaps the most dismal month for the stock market, investors on Wall Street welcomed September with a sell-off. Aside from historical performance pointing to tumultuous trading in the weeks ahead, investors’ confidence remains plagued by the looming debt drama in Europe. Furthermore, political debates are heating up on the […]

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Global X continued an aggressive expansion of its ETF lineup on Tuesday, announcing the launch of two funds offering exposure to companies engaged in the extraction and production of widely-traded commodities. The Pure Gold Miners ETF (GGGG) will seek to replicate the Solactive Global Pure Gold Miners Index, while the Oil Equities ETF (XOIL) is […]

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Worried About Fixed Income Bubbles? Try A Dividend ETF

by on August 27, 2010 | Updated October 7, 2010

Despite bullish rhetoric from Washington and some indications of progress–the strength of the recent earnings season was a pleasant surprise–investors remain anxious in the current environment. With equity markets facing tremendous obstacles ahead, including elevated unemployment rates and an uncertain regulatory environment, safe havens have seen no shortage of interest [see Three ETFs To Protect […]

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In the midst of earnings season, stock markets are no strangers to volatility. The first week saw mixed results, with some industry leaders beating estimates while others disappointed the Street on weak revenue numbers. Week two was slightly more upbeat, with some major financial and energy companies –such as Morgan Stanley and Halliburton– crushed their […]

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A second week of earnings did little to clarify the market’s direction despite quality reports out of a host of important American corporations. After another flat Monday, markets surged on Tuesday after a strong report from Apple boosted hopes for the consumer discretionary sector as well as the electronics market. However, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke […]

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