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Consider Consumer Staples

by on March 7, 2013 | Updated April 1, 2013

During the past few years, markets have suffered losses not seen since the Great Depression, with hardly any sectors left untouched by the tidal wave of economic uncertainty. Some of the only firms to survive the crisis with only a few bruises were consumer staples; companies that manufacture or sell recession-proof necessities, or goods that consumers rely on. ETFs that focus primarily on these funds are perfect for the investor looking to not only weather an economic downturn, but also flourish during the eventual turnaround [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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4 “Recession Proof” ETFs

by on August 9, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

The clouds of uncertainty looming over the global economy since the most recent financial meltdown have yet to scatter completely. In fact, growing debt-drama in the eurozone coupled with a painfully sluggish recovery at home has led many to believe that another recession should not be ruled out of the realm of possibilities. With central banks on both sides of the Atlantic ocean feeling the pressure to step up their fiscal-firepower to ensure stability, it’s no wonder that many investors have growing doubts over the health of the world’s financial markets [see also Simple (But Effective) Safe Haven ETFdb Portfolio].

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More Earnings, More Volatility

by on April 16, 2012

With Euro zone debt woes creeping back onto Wall Street last week, investors were reminded of the looming challenges that will continue to pose headwinds for the currency bloc in the foreseeable future. Nonetheless, from a technical perspective, the longer-term uptrend in broad equity indexes including the S&P 500, Dow Jones Industrial Average, and Nasdaq […]

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Vanguard, the Pennsylvania-based provider of ETFs and mutual funds known for its low management expenses, has further enhanced the cost efficiency on its lineup of sector-specific ETFs. The company announced that the expense ratios on a handful of its sector funds have been cut to 0.19%, making them slightly cheaper than the popular lineup of […]

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