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During both of President Obama’s election campaigns, energy seemed to be one of the hottest topics of debate. Both sides of the political fence argued for continued growth and expansion of the U.S. energy industry; the ideal means of achieving this goal, however, were quite different according to each candidate [see Energy Equity ETFs: 4 Things To Consider]. [click to continue…]

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This year started off on a very strong note after equities exploded out of the gates on Wall Street following the successful resolution to the fiscal cliff on New Year’s eve. As budget woes passed and worries over the eurozone’s recovery eased up, domestic stocks took the lead and investors from around the world embraced the United States’ improving economic growth prospects. The second half of 2013 proved to be more tumultuous, however, after the Federal Reserve hinted that it would soon start to scale back on stimulus measures; investors initially reacted with fear, although as volatility simmered, the bull trend resumed with full force and many were prompted to rotate out of defensive equities and into growth-sensitive, cyclical ones [Download How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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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 […]

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U.S. equities finished narrowly mixed in today’s lackluster trading session, following a slew of earnings reports and an underwhelming  manufacturing report. According the the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, manufacturing activity in the central Atlantic region contracted in July, falling to -11 (an above zero reading indicates expansion). On the corporate front, Travelers (TRV) earnings […]

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While most enjoyed 2012′s rather impressive track record, other not-so-lucky investors fell pray to those corners of the market most affected by the global economic slowdown. Some of the worst performers were the usual subjects, namely volatile commodities and alternative energy equities, but others might have been somewhat surprising. From the frustrating natural gas market […]

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Though nothing compared to recent years, this past year has still been marked by uncertainty, prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another judge of market sentiment […]

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Tumultuous trading and clouds of uncertainty on all fronts were dominant themes this year. However, despite all of the pessimism surrounding the global recovery, U.S. markets appear poised to settle comfortable in green territory as 2012 draws to a close. The Santa Claus rally hit Wall Street a bit early this year, as optimism surrounding “fiscal cliff” negotiations […]

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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of […]

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The idea behind contrarian investing is certainly nothing new, as many investors – including some legendary ones – have been “going against the crowd” for decades. Warren Buffett was famously quoted saying  “be greedy when others are fearful;” the now well-known mantra that has defined the very foundation of this investment strategy. Contrarian investors look for […]

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The FTSE Group, one of the leading indexing firms, recently announced the results of its Annual Country Classification Review, the process by which global equity markets are classified as Developed, Advanced Emerging, Secondary Emerging or Frontier using a scale of 21 “Qualities of Market” criteria. There were no reclassifications this year, but a couple more additions […]

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Volatility has returned to Wall Street as the political gridlock in Greece has re-focused investors’ attention on the looming debt crisis overseas. With economic uncertainties spilling over on the home front, investors have also been prompted to reevaluate the health of the domestic recovery, which according to the latest Fed minutes is still sluggish at […]

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The Start Of A Correction?

by on April 7, 2012

Profit taking pressures swept over Wall Street this past week as the bulls retreated following the latest FOMC meeting. Investors started to scale back on their risk exposure early in the week after the Fed made no hints of an upcoming round of stimulus; with no mention of QE3, investors gave into broad-based selling pressures, […]

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