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Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on stimulus measures. Needless to say, the Fed delayed the much-feared taper and the bulls returned to the driver’s seat without hesitation for the rest of the year.

Some of the biggest developments that inspired volatile trading along the uphill ride this past year included geopolitical tensions in Syria, rampant sell-offs across emerging markets, Europe emerging out of recession, and Japan’s shift to a loose monetary policy of their own. Amid the frenzy of headwinds and catalysts, U.S. markets proved resilient and we expect for the broad-based bull trend to continue into the year ahead [see Looking Back At Our Rapid Fire Ideas for 2013].

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2013 was another year full of record-low interest rates, prompting income investors to turn their attention elsewhere. For the past few years, dividend ETFs have been among the hottest in the investing space, as many individuals and institutions have sought the income stream these products offer. While a strong dividend is nice, receiving it from a security that lost ground during the year may not be enough to overcome the damage that was done. On the flip side, a dividend from a security that saw strong gains is an added bonus for many [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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With interest rates looking to stay near zero for some time yet, yield-hungry investors have taken to equity markets for juicier sources of income. And in the world of exchange-traded products, dividend ETFs have become even more popular in recent years, thanks to their low costs, transparency, and wide array of dividend-focused strategies. Whether you […]

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PowerShares, the issuer behind the ultra-popular S&P Low Volatility ETF (SPLV), announced this week the launch of another factor-based fund that will offer exposure to large cap dividend paying stocks. The new S&P 500 High Dividend Portfolio (SPHD) will seek to replicate an index consisting of 50 stocks that have historically exhibited high dividend yields […]

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Charles Schwab continued the ETF industry’s downward pressure on fees by announcing last week that it is drastically reducing the expense ratios charged by several of its exchange-traded products. Schwab, which pioneered the concept of commission-free trading for ETFs within the last few years, joins a long list of issuers who have reduced fees in […]

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Many dividend-focused ETFs have significant exposure to financial institutions, since this sector generally has a long history of making substantial cash payouts to shareholders. But investors looking to lower overall volatility and focus on more stable companies may find big allocations to the financial sector to be incompatible with their risk tolerance [see Free Report: […]

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Reviewing 7 Cheap Dividend ETFs

by on September 18, 2012 | Updated September 24, 2012

As billions of dollars have flowed into exchange-traded products over the past several years, some asset classes and strategies have attracted particularly high levels of interest (and cash) from investors. Dividend ETFs in particular have become quite popular as investors have sought to build portfolios around securities that generate consistent and meaningful cash flows. There […]

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Growth and evolution have been recurring themes in the exchange-traded universe in 2011, as investors are now faced with a diverse product lineup of  over 1,400 ETPs. More than 300 of those are new additions in 2011, a year that broke the previous record for extent of product development. And while many of the new […]

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The Top 10 Cheapest And Most Expensive ETFs

by on December 20, 2011 | Updated November 2, 2012

One of the founding principles of the ETF industry was cost competitiveness; after being charged upwards of 150 basis points for their favorite mutual funds, investors had grown tired of surrendering a substantial portion of their gains to the managers of big name funds. Now, there are ETFs that charge as low as 5 basis […]

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The third quarter got off to a sizzling start in the ETF industry; a surge in asset prices boosted asset levels significantly after two months of freefalls, and the product development activity remained strong after a busy month of September. Close to 30 new products began trading last month, including many first-to-market ideas that have […]

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Markets Clear Technical Hurdle

by on October 22, 2011

Earnings season is well underway and investors on Wall Street appear to be quite content with the latest round of corporate performance results from industry leaders. Debt-woes stemming from the Euro zone continue to dominate headlines as investors anxiously await for policymakers to agree upon a comprehensive plan in the near future. Domestic equity indexes […]

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Charles Schwab added another ETF to its lineup on Wednesday, launching a fund that focuses on dividend-paying U.S. stocks. The new Schwab U.S. Dividend ETF (SCHD) will seek to replicate the Dow Jones U.S. Dividend 100 Index, a modified cap-weighted benchmark that includes 100 dividend-paying equities. In order to be eligible for inclusion in the […]

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