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This could be it, the beginning of the end. One of the most popular folklore tales in recent years, the world is scheduled to come to an end tomorrow, December 21, 2012. Many believers have prepared with emergency supplies and shelters, and Hollywood has even immortalized the event with a film depicting a doomsday scenario. The Mayan calendar comes to an end on 12/21/12, leading many to believe this was their way of predicting the end of the world, but it was simply the end of their annual cycle, just like 12/31 ends our cycle each year. [click to continue…]

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The proliferation of exchange-traded products has opened up the investing landscape to participants of all styles and experience levels. Virtually anyone with a personal brokerage account can now tap into any number of global asset classes; whether its domestic or foreign stocks, commodities, or bonds, there’s more than likely several ETFs covering the space. While many utilize ETFs as core building blocks in their portfolios thanks to the transparency and cost-efficiency benefits associated with the product wrapper, these instruments have also been embraced by active trader [see also 17 ETFs For Day Traders].

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Most VIX-focused exchange-traded products have tumbled over the course of the last several months, as surprisingly strong equity markets have led to a consistently depressed VIX. The relatively low levels of volatility, coupled with persistent and steep contango in futures markets, have pushed down most of the products in the Volatility ETFdb Category sharply on […]

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Earnings, The Fed, And Spain Oh My!

by on July 16, 2012

Stocks ended on a positive note last week although Friday’s rally wasn’t enough to mask the looming uncertainties still plaguing virtually every corner of the global market. Asian markets remain wobbly on concerns over the Chinese economic recovery, while in Europe bond yields remain elevated as investors await for lawmakers to implement the Spanish rescue package. At […]

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After a relatively dull week on Wall Street, the coming trading days will see the heat turned up on markets as a wealth of economic data will be reported from all over the world. But that is not to say that last week did not see any developing trends, as there were a few key […]

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Time To Buy VIX ETNs?

by on April 9, 2012 | Updated April 11, 2012

After the best opening quarter in 14 years, skepticism is beginning to grow on Wall Street. Many investors fear that we will be unable to maintain the growth that equity markets have enjoyed, as a number of factors combine to give a cautious outlook. For starters, the Fed’s commentary that the economy needs to grow […]

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With the first quarter of 2012 on the books, stocks managed to make one more final push this week, posting its best quarterly gains in more than a decade. Better-than-expected U.S. economic data coupled with positive news from the Euro zone sent equities rallying: the Dow Jones gained 0.5%, Nasdaq was up 4 points, and […]

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As the ETF industry has rapidly expanded, so too have the options investors have for slicing and dicing markets. One of the most popular innovations in recent years has been the ability to access volatility through the exchange-traded structure; there are now multiple ETPs for gaining exposure to VIX contracts, including a number of inverse […]

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Last week was relatively slow for equities, as a lack of significant data did not allow for much movement in general markets. Still, disappointing housing data did not do much in the way of paving the road to recovery, as many analysts and experts agree that housing is still a key to calling our economy […]

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What started off as a down day saw markets turn things around and hold tight to cap off the week. Despite today’s minimal gains, markets were forced to ink a down week, marking only the second time that has happened this year. The S&P 500 gained 0.3% but was unable to break through the 1,400 […]

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Thursday marked the third straight loss for major benchmarks, as it seems more than likely that markets will post a losing week by the time tomorrow comes to an end. Lackluster data as well as some necessary profit taking have been the main culprits of market troubles, as many investors are eager to realize their […]

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Though ETFs may appear as very simple and straightforward investment vehicles, there is a rather complex infrastructure that lies beneath the surface. Under the hood of exchange-traded products is a unique “creation / redemption” mechanism that allows for the number of shares outstanding to fluctuate based on supply and demand. Generally, this mechanism serves a […]

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