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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 that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities took a step back from the recent euphoric highs for a slow day on the market following less than amazing earnings reports and economic data. Friday’s weaker than expected jobs data took it’s toll on investor stamina and have lead to heightened hopes that the Federal Reserve may reconsider withdrawing stimulus this fall. With earnings season drawing to a close, the remaining companies left to report will have to pull in some earth shaking results to drag investors out of their current underwhelmed attitude  [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

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U.S. equities closed higher once again today, as investors weighed today’s GDP report against the possibility of the Fed scaling back its bond buying program. According to the Commerce Department, the U.S. economy grew by 1.8% during the first quarter of 2013, revised downward from the previous reading of 2.4%. The underwhelming report had investors […]

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Alternative energy has been a hot button issue for the last 50 year,s and investors have always found a way to play this heated market. In the last decade, there has been the launch of a number of ETFs that offer a specialized basket of products for alternative energy exposure, with 12 of these funds […]

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After 10 years of business, Tesla is finally starting to gain traction in the U.S. market and will be posting profits for the first time since going public. There have been strong words on both sides about Tesla’s second production vehicle, but after the Model S won Motor Trend Car of the Year earlier this […]

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In the world of energy investing, most turn to traditional futures contracts or “Big Oil” companies for exposure to this volatile yet attractive corner of the commodities market. Though there are other viable ways to gain access to the energy space, one segment is often overlooked, and considering its performance in recent years, understandably so. Alternative energy […]

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Euphoria levels dropped off during the second day of trading in the new year as cautious commentary from the latest Fed minutes sent a wave of worry across Wall Street. Following Wednesday’s ferocious rally, profit taking pressures were quick to sweep in after the Federal Reserve said it plans to end its monthly bond-repurchase program […]

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As 2012 draws to a close, we’ve been recapping some of the best and worst ETF performers over the past year. Today, we’re taking a look back at the biggest winners and losers of the previous year–2011– to see how they followed up their impressive (or depressing) years in 2012.  Many of the asset classes […]

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Though it’s nothing compared to recent years, this past year has 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 way to judge the […]

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With the 2012 presidential elections only a few days away, folks in Washington, Wall Street and Main Street are gearing up to see who will occupy the coveted Oval Office come January. As with any election, there are, of course, those who are still raising their metaphorical pitchforks, slinging mud at the two candidates, and […]

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ETFs have earned the respect of countless investors as viable financial instruments well suited as core building blocs for achieving diversified, cost-efficient exposure to virtually any asset class. Exchange-traded products have also become a favorite of many active traders who value their ease-of-use, liquidity and unparalleled transparency. As such, these vehicles can serve as tools […]

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The financial crash of 2008 has forever changed the way investors approach the market. After seeing bottom-line returns crumble before their eyes, many are now understandably wary of particularly risky asset classes. Portfolio allocation strategies have now become a game of musical chairs, as investors shift their assets to and from various sectors trying to park […]

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