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The bull run has continued on Wall Street as upbeat economic data makes it hard for investors to take profits surrounded by all of the optimism. The Dow Jones Industrial Average kept its multi-week winning streak going on Wednesday after retail sales blew past analyst estimates; this figure posted growth of 1.1% in February, marking a hefty improvement over last month’s reading of 0.2%. Global X and  iPath rolled out new products earlier this week that should gain some traction amid all of the euphoria in the stock market [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

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October may have started off well in the markets, but after a series of poor earning reports major equity indexes went into a tail spin, landing much lower than many expected to be. Many of the new ETFs that were proposed earlier this year are now finally coming to market, offering unique and potentially profitable investment options; October saw the debut of the newest actively managed fund, as well as an interesting “core” lineup aimed towards long-term investors [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

Wall Street was hit by poor earnings and lackluster developments on the product front, with the closing of thirty funds by the end of the month, all from only two issuers. At the same time, filing activity remains strong; issuers of all shapes and sizes continue to stuff new ideas into the pipeline, and hopefully we will see more of these funds launch before the end of the year [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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This week poor earnings reports from both technology and materials sectors  lead the downward charge for indexes overall, as analysts try to decide what this will mean for the market overall. Tech has often been seen as the “canary in the coal mine” for future market conditions, causing many to exit early on Friday. Overseas, […]

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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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This past week has been all downhill for major equity indexes as investors received no comfort from banks and lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic ocean. Hopes of further stimulus began to fade away after Wednesday’s FOMC meeting, during which the Fed cited deteriorating economic growth expectations, while at the same time offering no further measures to quell uncertainties. […]

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