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Warren Buffett has been a hot topic in the media in recent days after the legendary investor jumped on the social media bandwagon and joined Twitter last week. Appropriately so, Buffett’s first tweet was “Warren is in the house,” and in a matter of a few hours, the account’s followers swelled to nearly 400,000. Over the weekend, the Oracle of Omaha made headlines once again after he invited well known bear Doug Kass to Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s (BRKB) annual meeting and coolly answered the journalists’ questions [see also The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective]. [click to continue…]

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The last two earnings season have seen a familiar pattern play out: companies of all shapes and sizes are consistently beating Street estimates on earnings, but falling short on revenue forecasts. In many cases, revenue is coming out either flat or even down compared to the same period in the prior year. There’s a growing list of companies that fit this description, including Merck, Eastman Chemical, Starwood Hotels, and AT&T this week alone (AAPL was one of the few companies that flipped this scenario, beating on revenue but falling short on the earnings side) [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].  [click to continue…]

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Equities made their biggest one-day gain today since the Fed announced QE3 last month. Fueling the rally was better-than-expected earnings reports from bellwethers Johnson & Johnson and Goldman Sachs. Helping drive markets higher was a rather cheery report from the housing and industrial sector; the National Association of Home Builders reported that confidence of home […]

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The bulls jumped into Citigroup (C) today after Wall Street icon Vikram Pandit stepped down as the bank’s chief executive officer. Shares of Citigroup soared to a high of $37.40 on the day bolstered by record trading volumes as investors expressed their improving outlook for the banking giant. The rather surprising departure of Pandit came […]

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Five Questions To Ask When Buying An ETF

by on April 24, 2012 | Updated May 23, 2014

The ongoing expansion of the ETF industry continues to bring previously hard-to-reach corners of the global financial market at the fingertips of mainstream investors and institutional money managers alike. However, with innovation also comes the introduction of new complexities, and for many, the towering lineup of over 1,400 exchange-traded products can seem a bit intimidating at first glance. […]

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For anyone that has been asleep the last few weeks, bullish momentum has without a doubt been the dominant force on Wall Street since the start of 2012. Encouraging economic data releases on the home front have helped to bolster equity markets higher thanks to improving growth expectations. With the bull-train firing strong on all […]

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One of the many appealing attributes of ETFs is the ability to achieve broad exposure through the purchase of a single ticker, thereby whittling away any company-specific risk that comes with individual stock picking. While the “instant diversification” provided by ETFs and mutual funds can go a long way towards minimizing the impact of a […]

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Picky Bulls, Broad Bears

by on July 18, 2011

Wall Street continued its wild ride last week as equity indexes sank lower after a discouraging downgrade of Ireland to junk status and ongoing worries about the debt ceiling on the home front. Alcoa started the week with upbeat results and Google left investors smiling on Friday as shares soared upwards of 10% after the […]

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This week has marked a rare departure from international headlines, as media attention has been centered around numerous government data announcements in the US. For starters, many are growing concerned over the federal budget, as several political officials have outlined numerous spending cuts or tax hikes that could have a drastic impact on various corners […]

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Over the past three months, ETFs in the financial sector have surged higher thanks to declining fears over European debt crises and solid bank earnings that have managed to keep loan losses in check despite slow growth levels in many developed markets. However, just when everything seemed to be back to normal in the banking […]

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After generally impressive earnings reports sent markets higher for much of the last week, Friday’s shocking allegations against Goldman Sachs ensured that the week ended on a down note. The SEC filed fraud charges against the Wall Street giant on Friday, alleging that the firm failed to make important disclosures surrounding a subprime mortgage product […]

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March 9, 2009 is a date etched into the memories of many investors. After months of unprecedented volatility, depressing statistical releases, and countless false bottoms, that’s the day most equity markets finally hit their lows. It also marked the beginning of an impressive rally that saw most major indexes climb steadily for the remainder of […]

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