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Sideways price action has been a dominant theme all week on Wall Street as investors have been hesitant to take big bets in either direction ahead of next week’s highly-anticipated unemployment report. Investors’ eyes remain fixated on what the Fed might do next, which is why March’s employment report due for release on 3/7 should offer valuable insights as to what the upcoming FOMC meeting on 3/19 could reveal. Amid the ongoing tug-of-war between the bulls and bears, four ETF issuers expanded their product lineups this week in a frenzy of new product launches [see also Major Asset Class Returns Since the Fed's Taper Announcement]. [click to continue…]

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May was yet another strong month in the markets, with few investors selling early this year to avoid a summer slump. However, some investors were spooked early in the month after the FOMC rate decision and press conference. In its statement, the Fed said it would continue its $85 billion a month bond buying program, but indicated that it could either increase or decrease the amount it purchases monthly depending on the economic environment. Only two weeks later, funds took a dip after a report that the Fed may be ready to scale back its massive bond program sooner than any analysts had expected. With the end of May in sight, Treasury yields skyrocketed to levels not seen in over 13 months, leading many high yield corners of the market to suffer [for updates on all new ETFs, sign up for the free ETFdb newsletter].

May had a number of new funds launch in the beginning and end of the month, with 10 new ETFs entering the ring. With issuers still filling the product pipeline it seems that this summer may be a busy one for ETFs [see Free Member Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time]. 

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