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ETFs have simplified and democratized the investment process by leaps and bounds over the years. These financial instruments have helped to open up doors to strategies and asset classes that were previously out-of-reach for most self-directed investors; however, with innovation also comes complexity, and ETFs are no exception to this rule [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].  [click to continue…]

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Commodity ETFs burst onto the scene a few years ago, as these products democratized an asset class that was once difficult to reach for many retail investors. Now, these products are among the most traded in the ETF space and are often coveted for the volatility and potential returns that they provide. This year saw no shortage of big movements in the commodity ETF world, as these products jumped across the board. Below, we outline the best and worst commodity funds on the year to give you a better idea of which segments outperformed, and which ones lagged behind [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].

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Despite the recent worries about the fiscal cliff and the outcome of the Presidential election, 2012 has been a generally strong year for the U.S. markets. Most broad indexes have surged and produced returns in the double digits over the last year. While many of the best performers–such as technology or biotech stocks–are not that […]

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Early ETF Stars Of 2012

by on January 26, 2012

The unfriendly economic landscape from 2011 has been gradually evolving into a much more optimistic environment in the new year as confidence has improved across the board. Better-than-expected corporate earnings, manufacturing output, housing sales, and encouraging employment reports have all paved the way higher for stocks as investors are rejoicing over clear cut signs of […]

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The first month of 2011 is in the books, and January certainly displayed no shortage of action for investors. Earnings season kicked off to a relatively strong start, though disappointments sprinkled throughout cast some doubt on the strength of an ongoing recovery. Last year was a good one for almost every asset class, with the […]

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As we put the finishing touches on 2010, the year has shaped up to be one of the most eventful in recent memory for global markets as a number of important events impacted the world economy. Among the events that dominated financial headlines this year were an (ongoing) sovereign debt crisis, the flash crash, a […]

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Despite the advice of some in the financial media, many investors have continued to embrace exchange-traded commodity products as efficient vehicles for establishing exposure to natural resources. Cash continues to flow into commodity ETFs, which are popular as both diversifying agents within buy-and-hold portfolios and tools for speculating on short-term price movements among more active […]

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U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said on Wednesday that a strong dollar is key for the U.S. economy, a goal that may please U.S. consumers but that appears increasingly out of the control of the current administration. “We bear special responsibility for trying to make sure that we are implementing policy in the U.S. that […]

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With a roller coaster six months behind us that saw no shortage of interesting twists and turns and unsuspected headlines, we’ve finally reached the midway point of 2009. Ahead of us is the highly anticipated “second half of 2009,” which for months we’ve heard will hold returns to growth, a recovering economy, and enough green […]

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