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There is no denying that the ETF industry has certainly come a long way since SPY’s debut in 1993. With over 1,500 products to choose from, the possibilities are essentially endless for investors, as the low-cost and efficient ETF wrapper allows investors to tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe [see Foreign ETFs: How Other Countries Stack Up]. [click to continue…]

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After straddling the flat line for the majority of the day, stocks closed little changed in yet another day of thin trading on Wall Street. One the economic front, euro zone’s disappointing fourth-quarter GDP figure greatly overshadowed better-than-expected domestic labor news. Meanwhile, investors digested a flurry of M&A activity from several bellwether companies. Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway and private-equity firm 3G Capital announced it will acquire H.J. Heinz (HNZ), whose shares soared nearly 20% following the news. US Airways Group (LLC), however, tumbled after the company and American Airlines formally announced merger plans. Also, Anheuser-Busch InBEV said it will sell  Grupo Modelo’s U.S. assets to Constellation Brands (STZ) [Be sure to check out the real estate news, trends, tips and tricks over at Dividend.com].

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4 “Recession Proof” ETFs

by on August 9, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

The clouds of uncertainty looming over the global economy since the most recent financial meltdown have yet to scatter completely. In fact, growing debt-drama in the eurozone coupled with a painfully sluggish recovery at home has led many to believe that another recession should not be ruled out of the realm of possibilities. With central […]

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3 ETFs For Roubini’s “Perfect Storm”

by on August 7, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

Dr. Doom has diagnosed the global economy once again, except this time the symptoms are pointing to something far worse than many pessimists could have expected. Nouriel Roubini, perhaps best known for predicting the 2008 financial meltdown, recently outlined his forecast for 2013, which looks to be centered around a towering list of uncertainties. He made […]

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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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As earnings season begins to wrap up, stocks have yet to establish a decisive direction. Though this week saw the Dow close at its highest level in four years, most are still unsure as to where we are headed in the foreseeable future. Perhaps the most pressing issue will be the resolution, or lack thereof, […]

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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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Investors can’t seem to catch a break from volatile trading on Wall Street as financial woes in Europe and debt ceiling drama at home are putting significant pressure on equity markets across the globe. Politicians in Washington D.C. have been struggling to compromise on a viable plan for modifying the debt-ceiling as well as outlining […]

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The Independence Day-shortened week was a tumultuous one for markets as stocks stayed flat for much of Tuesday and Wednesday only to soar higher in Thursday’s session on hopes of a jobs recovery. Unfortunately, this was quickly dispelled by a horrendous June jobs report which saw just 14,000 jobs created in the month, helping to push the national […]

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Global X notched another ETF industry first on Thursday, debuting a fund that focuses on companies globally that are engaged in some aspect of the fertilizer industry. The Global X Fertilizers/Potash ETF (SOIL) seeks to replicate the Solactive Global Fertilizers/Potash Index, a benchmark that includes about 29 companies from both developed and emerging markets.

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The past few months have been somewhat difficult for food producers as rising commodity prices have greatly impacted the bottom lines of many firms. Fortunately, the recent commodity sell-off and strong performances out of a variety of markets have reignited interest in this traditionally safe sector as a way to play the equity markets with lower levels of risk. […]

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Global X has announced the launch of its latest ETF, rolling out a product that will offer exposure to the global food and beverage industry. The new Global X Food ETF (EATX) will seek to replicate the Solactive Global Food Index, a benchmark that consists of about 50 companies engaged in the the agriproduct or […]

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