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In the world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no resource as critical as crude oil. While traders embrace the fuel’s inherent volatility and potential for lucrative returns, the rest of the world views crude oil as a crucial ingredient to everyday modern life. As such, the price movements of crude oil are closely watched and the commodity’s recent rally has already begun to raise several red flags [see 25 Wild ETF Charts From 1H 2013]. [click to continue…]

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U.S. equities ended the day barely changed as investors turned their focus to the the latest FOMC minutes and Ben Bernanke’s press conference. The minutes hinted that central bank officials are divided on when the Fed should begin scaling back its massive bond-buying program. The minutes stated that “Several members judged that a reduction in asset purchases would likely soon be warranted, but many members indicated that further improvement in the outlook for the labor market would be required before it would be appropriate to slow the pace of asset purchases.” [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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Wall Street seemingly shrugged off the latest euro zone developments today, pushing equity indexes towards record levels despite a number of mixed economic reports. U.S. durable goods spending came in better-than-expected, though civilian aircraft and parts purchases, which vary from month to month, accounted for the majority of the increase. The Standard & Poor’s and […]

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12 Cheap ETFs Every Trader Must Know

by on March 20, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

The popularity of ETFs–for their transparency, diversity across asset classes and low fees–have created a lot of competition between ETF providers to attract volume. One way ETFs attract volume is through a low expense ratio (ER). The ER is the fee charged to manage your funds on a yearly basis, expressed as a percentage. While […]

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Commodity ETFs give investors the chance to play the natural resources market like they were never able to before, as now even part-time investors are able to get a piece of these quickly evolving markets. For some this access was not diverse enough, resulting in the demand for leveraged products, where the fund will work […]

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Wall Street endured a rather bleak trading day, as slowing global growth fears put a damper on expectations for the coming earnings season. Weighing heavily on the markets, the International Monetary Fund announced overnight that it cut its forecast for global economic expansion to 3.3% from 3.5% in 2012. Meanwhile, the National Federation of Independent […]

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Investors might be recovering from a case of whiplash today, as a surprising move from Spain and rising optimism surrounding possible Chinese stimulus measures brought momentum back to the markets. The Spanish government unveiled today a 2013 budget plan, which includes over $16 billion of spending cuts and tax increases aimed at persuading the European Union that […]

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The global rally was put on hold today as weak economic data sent markets lower. As of late, markets have been propped up by the latest slew of central bank plans from around the globe. The new money pumping programs have essentially created a backstop in equity markets, allowing stocks to rally to multi-year highs […]

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17 ETFs For Day Traders

by on July 13, 2012 | Updated July 9, 2014

Investors of all walks have embraced ETFs as the investment vehicle of choice when it comes to accessing virtually any asset class in the global market. Persistent innovation in the exchange-traded universe has further propelled ETPs at the forefront of many active traders’ radar screens given the diverse, and growing, lineup of liquid financial instruments. […]

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May has gotten off to a rocky start as stocks had a rough close last week after sour employment data. Though the unemployment rate dropped to 8.1%, hiring in April slowed suggesting that the dip in unemployment was not due to more people finding jobs but to more people exiting the labor force. After one […]

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Pipeline Worries Give Oil ETFs A Boost

by on September 13, 2010 | Updated September 14, 2010

For the last several months crude oil prices have generally moved in unison with global equity markets, as the demand outlook for the critical fuel has changed along with macroeconomic prospects. But crude prices got a boost last week from an unexpected source; the rupture of a pipeline outside of Chicago caused a Canadian company […]

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The saga now unfolding in Europe has dominated financial headlines in recent weeks, as equity markets around the world have taken their cues from the the latest developments in the streets of Athens and the German Bundestag. Europe’s debt crisis has overshadowed a perhaps even more unlikely development; crude oil prices slipped below $70 per […]

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