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Once again markets took their cue from today’s Euro Zone headlines, while positive U.S. data was quickly brushed aside. Fueling an early morning rally, the U.S. Department of Labor reported that the nation’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8%, the lowest level since January of 2009. Of course this comes right after Wednesday’s first round of presidential debates, where many believed Romney scored a clear victory, and today’s jobs data may shift some voters who are on the fence as to which candidate can best fix the nation’s ailing economy. But like most things on Wall Street, the drop in unemployment quickly became old news after a European Central Bank official expressed his uncertainty over whether or not Greece would receive an aid payment next month [see Free Report: Seven Simple & Cheap All-ETF Model Portfolios].  [click to continue…]

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And so the summer slump continues. Markets struggled once again to find a definitive direction today, essentially flat-lining but managing to eke out slight gains. Positive jobs data and a better-than-expected U.S. trade balance report seemingly overshadowed investors’ waning optimism over the ECB’s ability to tackle the region’s debt crisis. But with the U.S. economy at a precariously low growth rate, it seems as though no positive news will be able to fully jump start the markets. Instead, investors are holding out on central bankers, convinced that sooner or later they will step in to pick up the slack. And until there are any concrete developments, markets will likely continue to drift aimlessly – it will be like watching paint dry [see also 4 "Recession Proof" ETFs].  [click to continue…]

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Over the last few years, issuers have been waging their own little war in the ETF industry: the battle of the ticker symbol. Some of the most popular and intriguing funds are being caught on investors’ radars simply because of their cleverly named ticker symbols. And with over 1,400 products to choose from the exchange-traded fund lineup, […]

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U.S. stocks inched broadly lower this morning, as investors anticipate the release of the Federal Reserve’s minutes from its last policy meeting. During that meeting, the Fed announced the extension of its Operation Twist program through the end of the year, leaving investors somewhat underwhelmed at the lack of a more aggressive policy to help boost the […]

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The first half of 2012 is now in the books, dropping the curtain on a back-and-forth six months for many investors. Though the sentiment recently has been generally negative, the first half will close with positive year-to-date returns for many broad-based equity and bond ETFs–the result of a furious rally during the first two months […]

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Inflation ETF Special: 25 ETF Ideas To Fight Rising Prices

by on July 20, 2011 | Updated December 8, 2014

Inflation has always been a particularly frustrating topic among investors, as a spike in prices can be a nasty surprise for investors who are not amply prepared.  Its effects can reduce your real return on an annual basis and make it much more difficult to keep up with your standard of living. Inflation, however, has not […]

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The first half of 2011 is officially in the books, and many investors find their portfolios in approximately the same place as they were to start the year (though a furious rally in the final week of the quarter gave a nice boost at an opportune moment). Most major equity indexes are up slightly on […]

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A Dead Cat Bounce?

by on June 18, 2011

The last week was an up-and-down stretch for global equity markets, as the intensifying crisis in Greece dominated headlines and investors scrambled to analyze the potential fallout from what seems increasingly likely to be a default on sovereign debt obligations. The jump in equity markets–which snapped a six week losing streak–wasn’t really attributable to good […]

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Looking Overseas For Opportunities

by on June 13, 2011

After a sixth consecutive week of losses, investors will be looking for some indication that the steady losses have been a bit of overkill and that a bounce back is warranted in coming sessions. Equity markets have tumbled past key technical and psychological levels in recent weeks, and anxiety is once again running high both […]

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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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As the value of the U.S. dollar continues to slide, many investors have embraced commodities as an opportunity for generating solid returns in an uncertain environment. ETNs and ETFs tracking various commodities have performed extremely well over the past few months, as concerns over QE have combined with ongoing supply worries in a variety of […]

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Initially, the response from the markets to Ben Bernanke and Company’s historic attempt to revitalize the markets with a second round of QE was rather muted; U.S. markets stayed relatively flat yesterday after the Fed meeting, and volumes were well within a normal range. But overseas investors apparently had much stronger opinions on the ramifications […]

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