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The ups and downs on Wall Street have long been a foe of the inexperienced investor, while veterans have come to embrace the wild swings as opportunities to re-position for the next bull run. This decade alone has seen more than a handful of booms and busts all over the investment landscape, setting the scene for some spectacular gains for those with a keen eye and a stomach for risk [see Visual Guide: Major Index Returns by Year from 1970].

In light of U.S. equity markets continuing their ascent into uncharted territory, below we recap the biggest crashes in the ETF universe, highlighting the magnitude and story behind each of the most prominent bubbles: [click to continue…]

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Contrarian investing is a well-known strategy in which an investor takes a position contrary to the majority of the investing world or against any prevailing trends. The methodology was perhaps stated best by Warren Buffett, who told investors to “be fearful when others are greedy, and greedy when others are fearful.” While it can often be tough to go against the grain, contrarian-style investments often have large upside potential, making them especially attractive allocations. [click to continue…]

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When it comes to commodity investing, there is little doubt that silver is among the most popular options out there. With the iShares Silver Trust being the third largest commodity ETF by assets and the second most actively traded, there’s no denying a high demand for the white metal. But silver has a unique makeup […]

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The dramatic drop in gold prices and less than inspiring earnings reports cast a shadow across the market this week, but the ETF space saw a huge expansion in funds. iShares alone has rolled out nine new ETFs–its first funds for 2013–with FlexShares and Credit Suisse each adding their own funds to the universe as […]

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All Aboard The Bull Train

by on April 13, 2013

With first quarter earnings season off to a hot start on Wall Street, investors and traders alike had more reasons to buy on the dips this week instead of take profits. Better-than-expected jobless claims data added fuel to the rally after Alcoa started off earnings season on an encouraging note; however, disappointing retail sales data on Friday put a bit […]

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Buy On The Dip With Caution

by on April 8, 2013

Worse-than-expected employment data on the home front brought back the bears onto Wall Street last week, however, buyers still piled into equities before the weekend as bull market euphoria remains the dominant theme. The bulls will look to resume their ascent this week as tensions in the euro zone have cooled off with Russia accepting the […]

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Precious metals are one of the rarest and most valuable commodities in the world, making them a popular investment tool for long-term buy-and-hold and short-term investors alike. Typically, this asset class has appeal as a safe haven, since its returns are generally greater in periods of high market volatility. Besides the commodity’s inherent use as a store […]

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Though it’s nothing compared to recent years, this past year has been marked by uncertainty, prompting investors to return in droves from safe haven accounts to the U.S. stock market. Investors have their eyes fixed on major indexes and other indicators to judge the overall health of our economy, but another way to judge the […]

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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of […]

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Last month, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke unveiled the latest creation from the central bank – the infamous QE3. As details continue to emerge about the next round of quantitative easing, many investors, including a number of hot-shot analysts and experts, have been weighing in on how they believe the new stimulus measures will pan out. Some have received the […]

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Major equity indexes drifted sideways throughout most of the day as profit taking pressures crept in for a second day in a row on Wall Street. Bullish euphoria following last week’s announcement of QE3 appears to be fading away as investors digest the reality of the situation which remains to be a sluggish recovery at […]

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Investors were fixated on the words of Bernanke today, as the Fed Chairman delivered his much anticipated speech at the central bank’s annual economic symposium in Jackson Hole. Prior to the speech, investors flooded the market, spurring an early morning rally. But after Bernanke indicated that the central bank will not be taking immediate actions but that they […]

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