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It’s been an up and down week on Wall Street, as investors turned their attention to the Federal Reserve’s policy setting meeting. Though taper talks have been on the table for some months, some were surprised when the Federal Reserve announced that it will begin scaling back its bond buying program next month. The central bank will now purchase $40 billion worth of Treasury bonds per month, and $35 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities – a $10 billion total reduction of purchases. In his press conference, Fed Chairman Bernanke was adamant, however, that asset purchases are not on a pre-set course and that the central bank will remain highly accommodative [see The Fed Effect: How Monetary Policy Impacts Your ETFs]. [click to continue…]

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ETFs For Top Currency Trends In 2013

by on January 21, 2013 | Updated January 22, 2013

With equity markets starting off the new year with a bang, investors are now looking to see which corners of the market are poised to perform well in 2013 and which investments they need to stay clear of. Though bonds and equities are usually an investor’s main focus, currency plays are often overlooked as many shy away from this misunderstood asset class. Not surprising, currency markets thus far in 2013 have been highly active as countries around the globe continue to cobble together stimulus measures to prop up their lackluster economies. In general, the fate of an economy or any decision made by governments and central banks is closely linked to the currency market. As such, keeping a close eye on this corner of the investing universe may help investors better position themselves in 2013. Below we highlight this year’s top currency trends, as forecasted by Merk Investments [see also Favorite ETF Positions For 5 Super Investors].  [click to continue…]

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After a strong close to last week–the Dow jumped by more than 150 points in the last two sessions–U.S. stock markets will have to wait until Tuesday to try to continue the positive momentum. Major exchanges are closed on Monday in observance of President’s Day, which this year falls two days before the anniversary of […]

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May ETF Roundup: Launches, Filings, and Closures

by on June 1, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

May was a tumultuous month for equity markets, as instability around the world pushed and pulled on major indexes through the last several weeks. Perhaps the biggest news of the month was the re-emergence of the European debt crisis; with Greece in yet another dire situation, many investors are concerned about the overall stability of […]

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Recapping A Wild Week

by on May 28, 2011 | Updated April 25, 2013

After concerns about Europe dominated trading in the early part of the week, U.S. and international markets staged a comeback in the final sessions of the week, putting most major benchmarks higher but not enough to break through into the green on the week. Though Friday was light on volume ahead of an extended holiday […]

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PowerShares and Deutsche Bank have rolled out two exchange-traded notes that give investors additional options for expressing their outlook on the performance of the U.S. dollar against its major developed market rivals. The two new ETNs are linked to an index that consists of U.S. Dollar Index Futures, which reflect the performance of the greenback […]

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