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Today’s Federal Reserve monetary policy announcement and upsetting economic data put selling pressures back on Wall Street, as bearish sentiment quickly swept over recent earnings euphoria. The central bank indicated that it will continue purchasing $85 billion each month of long-term Treasury and mortgage-backed securities, stating that economic activity has “paused in recent months”. To add insult to injury, U.S. GDP came in unexpectedly at an anemic 0.1% decline, bucking economists’ expectations of a 1% uptick [Be sure to check out the real estate news, trends, tips and tricks over at Dividend.com].

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Bearish momentum continued on Wall Street today, as ongoing fears over the looming fiscal cliff overshadowed better-than-expected economic reports. The number of Americans applying for jobless benefits fell last week, bucking analyst’s expectations for an increase. Meanwhile, the U.S. trade deficit unexpectedly narrowed in September to the lowest level since the end of 2010. Despite the positive reports, investors remain grim over the possibility of a split Congress coming up with a resolution before the automatic round of massive spending cuts and tax hikes are to take effect on January 1st [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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Late Wednesday night, the Chief Executives from more than 80 different mega-U.S. corporations came together to tackle a seemingly impossible task – call the Congress to action, specifically to reduce the astronomical federal deficit. The campaign, aptly dubbed “Fix the Debt,” aims to pressure Washington to push forward a simple, yet economically sound fiscal plan; […]

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Wall Street is well into the third quarter’s earnings season, with early euphoria quickly dissipating as several recent earnings reports have shaken investor’s once-cheery outlooks. Bellwethers IBM, Intel, Google, Microsoft, GE and McDonald’s all missed their marks last week, cutting short the initial earnings-fueled bull rally. On the macro front, mixed economic data added to last week’s volatile trading. This […]

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Despite being a holiday-shortened week, there was no shortage of headlines during last week’s up and down session. For the most part, markets saw little to no activity as investors kept a close and cautious eye on the highly anticipated ECB meeting. To investors’ relief, Draghi unveiled a new bond-buying program, which entails the central bank […]

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U.S. equities were in for a wild ride last week, as several corporate earnings disappointments were overshadowed by ECB President Draghi’s announcement, expressing the central banks commitment to do whatever it takes to bolster the troubled eurozone region. Although Fed Chairman Bernanke gave no hints at the possibility of the elusive QE3 coming to fruition soon, investors […]

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Assets in bond exchange-traded products have been climbing steadily for the past several years, reflecting an increased degree of comfort among investors with the idea of achieving fixed income exposure through the exchange-traded wrapper. The bond ETF universe has expanded quite a bit in recent years; there are now exchange-traded products that cover most major international […]

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Despite some rather significant bumps along the road in 2011, many asset classes are now well into positive territory on a one year trailing basis as January draws to a close, riding high thanks to a strong finish to last year and start to 2012. Included on that list are a number of leveraged ETFs that […]

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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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Reviewing Three Different Types Of Leveraged ETFs

by on December 13, 2010 | Updated December 11, 2012

As the popularity of ETFs has surged in recent years, the manner in which investors use these vehicles has evolved as well. Originally designed with cost-conscious buy-and-holders in mind, ETFs have now been fully embraced by more active traders as well (just look at the turnover of SPY). And recent years have seen the introduction […]

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As each week seemingly brings multiple new product launches, the ETF industry’s product pipeline continues to refill. Issuers continue to get creative in their efforts to expand their product lineups, laying the groundwork to launch products not currently available in the ETF wrapper. One of the latest filings to hit the SEC’s desk came from […]

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Although there are now nearly 1,100 exchange-traded products available to U.S. investors, the universe of ETFs utilized by most long-term buy-and-holders is considerably smaller. Beyond the “plain vanilla” portfolio building block ETFs, recent years have seen the introduction of hundreds of more targeted and complex ETPs that offer exposure to exotic asset classes and regions […]

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