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Following a very strong finish last week, the bulls managed to stick around on Wall Street over the past five trading days. The FOMC statement took center stage, which again served as a reminder that policymakers will remain accommodative in light of persistently sluggish growth and low inflation. On the data release front, investors cheered on better-than-expected GDP while worse-than-expected durable goods orders from earlier in the week failed to inspire profit taking pressures [see also Global X Debuts Two JPMorgan ETFs].

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The bulls have managed to return to Wall Street with full force, as evidenced by the steep rebound that matched the equally steep sell-off since the lows seen on October 15th. Corporate earnings season is still well underway, and for the time being, according to data compiled by FactSet, it appears that the majority of companies are reporting better-than-expected sales numbers. The economic data release front was light this week, although investors did digest upbeat existing home sales data as well as an uptick in the consumer price index from the month before [see also How to Build an Income Portfolio with ETFs].

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Investing has taken a heavy dividend focus in recent years, as the Fed has frozen interest rates at near-zero levels. As a result, investors have put a heavy focus on dividend ETFs, as steady income streams can be pivotal for a portfolio. With the dividend craze came a bundle of new ETFs trying to find ways […]

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The bears have managed to remain in control on Wall Street as evidenced by persistent profit-taking pressures, short-lived rebounds, and an uptick in volatility. Throughout the week, investors also digested less-than-stellar economic data releases, adding to the headwinds; this included worse-than-expected retail sales and regional manufacturing data as well as a decline in the home builders […]

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Long-term investors aren’t the only ones to have embraced ETFs in recent years for their simplicity and cost-efficiency; active traders have also taken advantage of the exchange-traded product structure thanks to the unparalleled liquidity, ease-of-use, and sheer variety of instruments offering exposure to virtually any asset class around the globe [see also 7 Rules ETF […]

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The year 2008 was one of the worst stretches Wall Street had seen in some time. The Great Recession was in full force and caused major benchmarks to lose as much as 30% for the calendar year. But over that time, there were a number of securities and funds that came away with positive returns. […]

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Back-and-forth trading has been a dominant theme over the past week as selling pressures from the end of September have spilled over into October and are paving quite a volatile road for major equity indexes. The release of the Fed minutes on Wednesday served as fuel for the massive rally seen across Wall Street, and […]

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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 […]

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The S&P Equal Weight ETF (RSP) hit markets in 2003 and offered a unique spin on investing in the S&P 500. Its equal weight approach to the famed index quickly garnered attention as it outperformed the likes of SPY over a number of periods. As time has gone on, many have speculated (and even accused), […]

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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 […]

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Since 2009, Charles Schwab has been releasing a line of ETFs determined to undercut the competition when it comes to expense ratios. With this line of products has come a new standard for the cheapest ETF on the market, charging just 0.04% per year for investment (there are some ETFs that temporarily charge no fees, but we […]

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The growth of the ETF universe has spawned dozens of products that have helped to open up the doors to previously hard-to-reach asset classes for the average, self-directed investor. Through the use of a single ticker, anyone with an online brokerage account can now access virtually any asset class from around the world, whether it’s […]

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