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September 15, 2008 is a date that will forever be ingrained in Wall Street’s memory, as this day marked the pivotal turning point of what would eventually become the worst financial crisis the U.S. has seen since the Great Depression. Though the dire state of the U.S. financial system had already become apparent to many in the industry, the fall of Lehman Brothers ultimately sealed the country’s fate, setting off a chain of events that affected everyone from Wall Street to Main Street. Though five years have passed since the 158-year-old investment bank filed for bankruptcy, the aftermath of the “Great Recession” can still be felt to this day [see ETFs That Lost 50% In a Single Year]. [click to continue…]

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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 of Boeing (BA), however, tumbled after a fire broke out at London Heathrow Airport on one of the company’s Dreamliner planes [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Earlier this week, aluminum giant Alcoa (AA) unofficially kicked off the Q2 2013 earnings season – posting both hits and misses. After the closing bell on Monday, the company reported a $119 million second quarter loss due to weak aluminum prices, putting the bellwether’s EPS at a mere 7 cents per share. Alcoa’s EPS did, however, manage […]

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The first quarter of 2013 earnings season has taken over the headlines, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Of the trends seen so far this season, firms missing revenue expectations seems to be a predominant one; many companies have beaten profits not because revenues are up, but because costs have decreased. However, some firms have […]

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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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Equities made their biggest one-day gain today since the Fed announced QE3 last month. Fueling the rally was better-than-expected earnings reports from bellwethers Johnson & Johnson and Goldman Sachs. Helping drive markets higher was a rather cheery report from the housing and industrial sector; the National Association of Home Builders reported that confidence of home […]

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The bulls jumped into Citigroup (C) today after Wall Street icon Vikram Pandit stepped down as the bank’s chief executive officer. Shares of Citigroup soared to a high of $37.40 on the day bolstered by record trading volumes as investors expressed their improving outlook for the banking giant. The rather surprising departure of Pandit came […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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After a long wait, this week will kick off earnings season, as investors around the world will be looking to see how the corporate sector has fared over the last three months. Though stock markets have been able to rally for the first quarter of 2012, some are worried that individual companies have not followed […]

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One of the many appealing attributes of ETFs is the ability to achieve broad exposure through the purchase of a single ticker, thereby whittling away any company-specific risk that comes with individual stock picking. While the “instant diversification” provided by ETFs and mutual funds can go a long way towards minimizing the impact of a […]

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The ETF industry has grown by leaps and bounds over the last five years and innovation across products has brought forth a multitude of previously inaccessible investment strategies to mainstream investors. Aside from the vast expansion in the exchange-traded product universe, the last five years have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride. Global […]

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The past week was yet another choppy one in the markets as European events continued to dominate headlines. Generally speaking, however, it was a pretty solid period for broad stocks as the S&P 500 added nearly 6% in the time period, helping to reverse much of the recent losses in the market. This sharp turnaround […]

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