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Bearish pressures remained the dominant force on Wall Street for the past week as disappointing economic data releases failed to entice dip-buyers. Investors remained hesitant to re-enter despite the pullback, given looming geopolitical risks and worse-than-expected consumer confidence, ISM, and construction spending data; further weighing on investors’ confidence is the monthly U.S. employment report slated for release today [see also ETF Pick of the Month: Bargain Hunting Abroad].

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Major equity indexes swiftly traded lower over the past week thanks to mild profit taking pressures that led to a breach of a significant technical support level for the S&P 500 Index. As the benchmark slid below the 1,980 mark on Thursday, selling pressures accelerated and opened up the doors for the bears. Results were mixed on the economic data release front, which contributed to the downside on Wall Street; existing home sales and durable goods both fell short of analysts’ expectations while upbeat new home sales inspired a temporary rebound for domestic benchmarks [see also 10 Best Days Ever for the VIX ETN].

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Major equity indexes traded sideways over the last week, with a slight downward bias amid a generally quiet landscape that saw few data releases and a lack of any major developments. On the home front, the NFIB index came in better-than-expected, offering some encouragement for small businesses. Overseas, geopolitical tensions eased up after it was reported that […]

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Major equity indexes traded sideways during the shortened week despite a string of upbeat data releases on the home front. Given the steep rise seen throughout August, most benchmarks struggled to inch higher even after good news hit the street; ISM and construction spending came in above expectations on Tuesday, while upbeat factory orders and […]

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Major equity indexes inched higher during the week but gave into some light profit-taking pressures as Labor Day weekend approached. A lack of noteworthy developments overseas coupled with solid economic data releases at home left the doors open for the bulls; better-than-expected durable goods, consumer confidence, and an upbeat revision to U.S. GDP welcomed buyers […]

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Major equity indexes enjoyed another week in the green, as buyers prevailed yet again amid easing tensions surrounding Russia and Iraq. On the home front, investors enjoyed a slew of upbeat data from the housing market, while the Fed’s minutes release failed to rattle investors’ confidence like many had anticipated; the home builders’ index, housing […]

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The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) debuted in 1993 and worked its way to becoming one of the most popular investment vehicles in the world. Over that two-decade period SPY has seen its fair share of market ups and downs including some historic bull runs and crashes. We took a look back at SPY over […]

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Selling pressures from the prior week have managed to persist in recent days, much to the bulls’ frustration. Escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine have kept the doors open for profit-taking as investors’ sentiment has turned from optimistic to fearful in a matter of days. On the home front, little attention has been paid to […]

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With over 1,600 exchange traded products to choose from, investors have access to nearly every corner of the investable universe. From hyper-targeted funds, to unique quant-based strategies, to plain-vanilla core building blocks, ETFs invest in essentially every type of security [see 7 Underappreciated Core ETFs].

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Sometimes, trying to describe ETFs and how they operate can be a little dry. We decided to spice things up and highlight some of the most crucial points surrounding ETFs using animated GIFs.

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When the Fine Print Matters for ETF Investors

by on June 11, 2014 | Updated July 2, 2014

In the world of finance, with innovation comes complexity, and ETFs are no exception to this rule even in light of their unparalleled ease-of-use and cost-efficiency.

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When most investors think of the U.S. equity market, the S&P 500 is likely what first comes to mind. The legendary benchmark has long been used as a barometer of the broad market, as it represents approximately 80% of available market capitalization. As such, many believe owning the S&P 500 via an ETF is a […]

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