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4 Yellen-Friendly ETFs

by on January 28, 2014

After eight years of serving at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke’s term will expire on Saturday, when his successor Janet Yellen will take over. Yellen (who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve) will be the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, making February 1st a monumental day in her career. Now, all economic eyes will turn to her, as questions of tapering and further quantitative easing have been surrounding the market for years. These questions have created a sense of anxiety on the Street, as investors look to Yellen to keep the bull run alive. [click to continue…]

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After broad markets put in a phenomenal 2013, bullish sentiment prevailed on Wall Street and with investors. With that bull run, however, came all-time highs and stock markets wading into uncharted waters. This has left some investors apprehensive about whether to buy into the market as they fear buying in at a top. Despite many assets sitting at highs, there are still plenty of opportunities for contrarian investors in 2014, as a handful of sectors and securities saw a less-than-successful 2013 [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. [click to continue…]

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Against all odds, the bulls continue to push higher on Wall Street with the Dow Jones Industrial Average posting its tenth consecutive day of gains. Buying pressures permeated the marketplace after weekly jobless claims came in better than expected, marking yet another encouraging stride forward in the domestic labor market recovery; this figure showed that 332,000 people […]

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Bulls On Parade

by on February 19, 2013 | Updated February 22, 2013

Investors returned to Wall Street in a buying mood Tuesday morning following the long weekend in observance of President’s Day. European markets kicked off the week on a sour note after elections in Italy sent waves of worry across the currency bloc, however, this wasn’t enough to spook the bulls from returning to the home […]

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Bearish Pressures Mounting

by on January 14, 2013 | Updated January 18, 2013

As the bull parade continues on Wall Street, bearish pressures are mounting right around the corner with major equity indexes sitting on hefty gains since the new year began. After muted activity last week, economic data releases return to the home front this week alongside more earnings results from industry bellwethers, including Goldman Sachs, Ebay, and General […]

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2012 has been a hectic year around the world, but the U.S. has been especially busy this year. We saw two new QE programs, the re-election of Barack Obama, the hottest year on record, extreme weather, and much more. But even still, markets have turned in a solid performance for the year, despite teetering on […]

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This month, legendary bond king Bill Gross published his investment outlook, aptly titled “Strawberry Fields – Forever?”, in which he warned investors to be prepared to face some “structural economic headwinds” in the next few years. In addition to the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis we still feel today, diminished productivity gains and the looming fiscal cliff, Gross […]

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Support Levels In Sight

by on October 15, 2012

U.S. stocks fell into the limelight last week as mixed earnings and continuing worries over the global recovery intensified after a number of bellwethers revised their outlook lower. Performance reports will continue to dominate headlines on the home front this week although key overseas developments may also become the center of attention. The Euro zone […]

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Brief History Of ETFs

by on September 11, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Exchange-traded products are ubiquitous in the world of investing. The more than 1,600 products have accumulated billions of dollars, and are widely used by all types of investors, from individuals with relatively small accounts and simple strategies to sophisticated hedge funds managing billions. So it may be hard to believe that the ETF industry is […]

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Stocks popped higher at the open although bullish pressures cooled off as profit-taking swept over Wall Street in the final hours of trading. Better-than-expected retail sales on the homefront kick-started buying in the morning hours, although lackluster economic growth readings from Germany and the eurozone kept a lid on investors’ confidence. Looking ahead, the health […]

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Anticipation was the name of the game last week, as investors waited for any news concerning central bankers’ future actions. With no significant headlines or economic reports, markets struggled to find a definitive direction, eventually ending slightly higher at Friday’s close. Markets are chock full of evidence pointing to the global economy being in a […]

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Equity markets endured another turbulent trading week as lackluster earnings reports at home along with looming debt drama in the overseas currency bloc continue to plague investors’ confidence. Economic data releases remain mixed on Wall Street, further adding to the growing clouds of uncertainty; new home sales and pending home sales data both missed the mark, while […]

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