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While 2012 has proven to be a surprisingly impressive year thus far, odds are that some investors have gotten seriously burned by certain underperforming corners of the market. Volatile trading combined with lackluster economic reports and a slowing global economy have hit a number of investments in one asset class particularly hard: commodities and commodity producers. Although spotty trading is certainly expected for these investments, certain segments, such as solar energy, coffee and platinum mining, have not been able to weather the storm. Below we outline three  ETFs with rather terrifying performances thus far in 2012 [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]: [click to continue…]

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With benchmark interest rates hovering at or near zero in many developed markets, investors of all types have been seeking out high-yielding asset classes to deliver current returns to their portfolios. Many have gravitated towards the 50+ dividend-focused ETFs on the market as tools for this challenging objective; that segment of the universe features many products with impressive yields. Other popular options include junk bonds and emerging market debt, two bond sub-sectors that have the potential to offer up attractive payouts as well.

Another option lies in corners of the global stock market that have been beaten down over the past year or so, as many asset classes that have seen big price declines could offer up some huge yields if they are able to maintain their payouts going forward. Below, we profile three such opportunities [ETFdb Pro members can access the Monthly Dividend ETFdb Portfolio; sign up for a free 7-day trial to get full access]:  [click to continue…]

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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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Odds are that 2011 is a year many investors will be eager to forget. Ongoing uncertainty over Europe, combined with a frustrating employment situation stateside and even weakness among emerging markets has put many core asset classes in the red for the year. Most equity ETFs have struggled on the year, with major benchmarks having […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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With three quarters of 2011 officially in the books, it is now safe to say that the year has not played out as many investors had hoped it might. After coming flying out of the gates–most major benchmarks were solidly in positive territory after the first quarter–a perfect storm of negative developments has conspired to […]

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After a rough 2010, alternative energy equities have been swinging back and forth all year long without establishing a clear trend. With 2011 being quite a busy year thus far, the only real attention that alternative energies have received has been quite negative, as many have called for the end of nuclear power after the […]

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U.S. equities floundered between smalls gains and losses on Monday before succumbing to the red in the late part of the session. After a discussion with the U.S. Justice Department, the Nasdaq OMX Group Inc. and Intercontinental Exchange withdrew their $11 billion bid to acquire NYSE Euronext. Regulatory hurdles were the main road-block, and officials from Nasdaq […]

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The first quarter of 2011 is officially in the books, and the last three months have been a stretch marked by instability both domestically and abroad. Significant uncertainty remains, as investors are still divided on the outlook for interest rates, further stimulus measures, and the ability of emerging markets to continue driving global GDP growth. […]

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The massive earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan earlier this month have dominated the headlines in recent weeks, as the fallout from the natural disaster continues and efforts to rebuild the country figure to take years to complete. The humanitarian crisis in Japan has been one of the most devastating in recent history; several thousand […]

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Uncertainty remains the name of the game in markets around the world as American equities oscillated between heavy losses and sharp gains last week. Geopolitical tensions in the Middle East kept the markets in check, while cautious outlooks from major central banks pushed the dollar slightly lower in the volatile currency markets. Domestic equities were […]

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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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