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Euro Woes Weigh On Earnings

by on January 16, 2012 | Updated January 20, 2012

Bullish momentum propelled stocks higher last week, although the French credit downgrade drama on Friday was enough to rekindle Euro zone woes and spark a broad-based sell-off before the weekend. Standard & Poor’s credit downgrade of France and Austria sparked volatile trading to start the week across European and Asian markets; investors on Wall Street will have to wait until tomorrow to readjust their portfolios as U.S. equity and bond markets are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

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iShares has made another round of additions to its ETF lineup of well more than 200 products, debuting funds that target small cap stocks in Hong Kong and Singapore. The company also debuted an ETF linked to the MSCI World Index, a broad benchmark of stocks in developed markets:  [click to continue…]

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Volatility Is Still Lurking

by on December 5, 2011

Domestic equity indexes snapped out of their loosing streak last week as investor confidence in the markets improved after a robust start to the holiday shopping season. The bulls charged through Wall Street on Wednesday after a global central bank initiative to lower the cost of dollar funding through swap arrangements sent a wave of […]

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This past week was marked by strong markets that sent November out with a bang. The good news started with strong Black Friday sales despite worries that a slow economy would scare consumers away from using their discretionary income. Next came the news that leaders of the euro zone were hard at work for a new plan […]

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Six Noteworthy ETF Innovations

by on November 16, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

Since the ETF industry was conceived in 1993, innovation has been a hallmark of this rapidly-expanding corner of the investing landscape. Thanks to a unique structure that allows for liquidity, transparency, and tax efficiency, ETFs have quickly and consistently taken market share from other types of securities, bringing newfound flexibility to all types of portfolios. […]

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The saying “never judge a book by its cover” is certainly applicable to a wide range of situations. That includes the business of investing; for advisors and individuals who use ETFs, the old adage can be very relevant, valuable advice. There are now more than 1,300 exchange-traded products now available to U.S. investors, and that […]

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The ETF industry continues to grow by leaps and bounds as investors embrace the numerous benefits associated with the exchange-traded product structure. Recent volatility in the markets hasn’t stopped the industry from expanding as issuers continue to beef up their product pipelines and roll out first-to-market products. In a slew of SEC filings, iShares, the […]

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This past week was an extremely choppy one for markets as shares rose modestly in Monday and Tuesday trading only to dive back Wednesday and finish the rest of the week mixed. Important data releases did little to clarify the broader economic situation, as GDP and jobless claims both came in better than expected but failed to […]

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WisdomTree completed a number of previously announced changes to its ETF lineup this week, making minor changes to seven of the company’s equity funds. Four ETFs received new tickers as a result of the overhaul:

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Last week saw a flurry of data from the U.S. market which signaled to many that the country’s economy was slowing down. Unemployment was up and manufacturing and sales were both lower, suggesting that the economy was being hit on all sides. Luckily, the U.S. market can take a breather this week thanks to a lack of […]

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Prudent Buying After Panic Selling

by on June 6, 2011

Investors poured into U.S. Treasuries last week as far worse than expected economic data from the manufacturing and housing sectors sent waves of anxiety through equity markets both in the U.S. and abroad. Surprisingly enough, amidst all the chaos even gold failed to climb much higher and the precious metal closed just above $1,540 for […]

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With more than 1,200 products in a lineup that adds dozens of new funds every month, navigating through the ETF universe has become an increasingly challenging task in recent years. Innovation in the space has given investors more options than ever before for accessing asset classes and investment strategies that may have previously been out […]

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