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Innovation remains a driving force in the ETF universe and the increasingly diverse product lineup is evidence of this phenomenon. Socially responsible investing is by no means a new concept as mutual funds have been employing “sustainable” investing strategies for years now; however, the introduction of this investment approach in an ETF wrapper has made the strategy easy-to-use and cost-effective, thereby inevitably attracting attention from mainstream investors [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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Consider Consumer Staples

by on March 7, 2013 | Updated April 1, 2013

During the past few years, markets have suffered losses not seen since the Great Depression, with hardly any sectors left untouched by the tidal wave of economic uncertainty. Some of the only firms to survive the crisis with only a few bruises were consumer staples; companies that manufacture or sell recession-proof necessities, or goods that consumers rely on. ETFs that focus primarily on these funds are perfect for the investor looking to not only weather an economic downturn, but also flourish during the eventual turnaround [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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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 old adage “never judge a book by its cover” has been applied to a wide variety of situations over the years, from encouraging open mindedness in social situations to shopping for a car to, well, judging books by their covers. And it turns out this piece of advice can be quite valuable for investors […]

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Last week marked a shortened trading week in observance of Good Friday, but that does not mean that investors were left with an uneventful four days. On the contrary, markets went haywire last week as a downgrade of the outlook on U.S. debt crushed markets one day, only to see them rally on strong earnings […]

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Equity markets have been extremely rocky as of late with many sectors oscillating between heavy gains and losses thanks to a variety of new data points from around the world. As a result, many investors have placed a renewed focus on firms targeting ‘safer’ industries such companies operating in the consumer staples field. Some of […]

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With midterm elections around the corner, the entire nation is sitting on the edge of their seats, awaiting what some believe will be a major shift in the political balance of power in the halls of Congress. Depending on how elections pan out, stocks could see a number of different reactions, making next Tuesday an […]

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