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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 for anyone looking to make a tactical play in the market, and with the presidential election inching closer every day, several intriguing ETFs may warrant a closer look [see also ETF Insider: Bears Are Lurking].

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Huntington, fresh off its initial foray into the ETF industry in June, has doubled the size of its lineup with the launch of an actively managed ETF that will implement a sector rotation strategy. The new U.S. Equity Rotation Strategy ETF (HUSE) will invest in U.S. that are included in the S&P Composite 1500, with the flexibility to over- or under-weight certain industry sectors depending on which the managers believe to have the greatest or least potential for capital appreciation given the current market environment. 

The idea behind the new ETF is relatively straightforward; the managers will seek to identify the most promising and least promising sectors, and tilt the portfolio accordingly. In many environments, the difference between the best and worst performing environments can be substantial. So far in 2012, the Technology SPDR (XLK) is up about 12% while the Energy SPDR (XLE) is in negative territory.

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4 Dividend ETFs With Higher Yields Than LQD

by on July 24, 2012 | Updated July 25, 2012

Once upon a time, the conventional wisdom was that investors should hold stocks as a source of long-term capital appreciation while bonds could bring stability and a stream of meaningful current returns in the form of interest payments. But the appeal of bonds as a source of current income has been diminished by a prolonged […]

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Stocks got off on the wrong foot this week as it was announced that the Spanish economy had entered another recession on top of their already threatening debt crisis. While investors would like to focus on the generally positive earnings on the home front, any news about Spanish debts will trump all else in the […]

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Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. That certainly seemed to be the case when it comes to dividend-focused exchange-traded products in 2011. As investors have sought to enhance current return profiles while scaling back the risk of equity investments, the landscape has become cluttered with ETPs targeting stocks of dividend-paying companies. Currently there […]

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The past few weeks have been focused on one of the biggest debt crises in U.S. history, as lawmakers sought to find a way through a $14.3 trillion pile of debt. While major equities have suffered their worst stretch in over a year, this quarter’s earnings season has taken a back seat to the debt […]

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Most markets inched higher last week, but hit a bit of road bump on Friday after investors digested news of declining consumer sentiment for January and a worse-than-expected GDP report. Gold and oil both traded lower during the week, but both commodities were able to stage a small rallies on Friday amidst all the uncertainty […]

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