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May was yet another strong month in the markets, with few investors selling early this year to avoid a summer slump. However, some investors were spooked early in the month after the FOMC rate decision and press conference. In its statement, the Fed said it would continue its $85 billion a month bond buying program, but indicated that it could either increase or decrease the amount it purchases monthly depending on the economic environment. Only two weeks later, funds took a dip after a report that the Fed may be ready to scale back its massive bond program sooner than any analysts had expected. With the end of May in sight, Treasury yields skyrocketed to levels not seen in over 13 months, leading many high yield corners of the market to suffer [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

May had a number of new funds launch in the beginning and end of the month, with 10 new ETFs entering the ring. With issuers still filling the product pipeline it seems that this summer may be a busy one for ETFs [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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The bulls continue to reign supreme on Wall Street as earnings and data releases are helping to keep confidence levels afloat. Weekly jobless claims added fuel to the rally after coming in better-than-expected, but many investors couldn’t resist taking some profits off the table considering the stellar run-up; year-to-date, the S&P 500 Index has gained around 14% while the latest weekly employment report showed 323,000 people had filed for unemployment benefits versus the expected 335,000. Amid the euphoria, PowerShares expanded its product lineup with an intriguing emerging markets bond ETF aimed at investors looking to diversify away from the U.S. dollar [see also The Cheapest ETF For Every Investment Objective].

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