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Stocks responded with a last hour sell-off to yesterday’s FOMC announcement, yet again signaling uncertainty about how the expected stimulus reduction will actually impact equity markets. Looking ahead, major U.S. indexes still have an opportunity to climb to all-time highs before the end of the week as Friday’s monthly employment data may offer the much-needed catalyst to propel the S&P 500 Index to 1,700 and beyond [see also The Complete Visual History Of SPY].

Amid the ongoing euphoria on Wall Street, VelocityShares expanded its lineup with an intriguing “risk-weighted” ETF on Thursday that looks to offer a compelling alternative to traditional market cap-weighted strategies. [click to continue…]

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While it was once just full of index tracking funds, the exchange-traded fund universe has continued to grow and evolve over the years. Today, investors not only have access to cheap stock and bond funds, but also to various strategies once reserved for the uber-wealthy or institutional-sized accounts. From covered calls to long-short strategies, regular retail investors now have the ability to compete with the big boys [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. [click to continue…]

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December was another slow month for ETF growth, as many investors were still trying to brace for the fiscal cliff, and by the end of the month many were not focused on markets, but taking time off to be with family and friends around the holidays [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free […]

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Stocks continue to drift sideways with an upward bias as cautious optimism surrounding the looming “fiscal cliff” has proven to be a dominant theme on Wall Street. Choppy trading has become the norm as mixed data releases have kept a lid on confidence, including lackluster ISM and factory orders data coupled with upbeat construction spending […]

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