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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as they have allowed investors to invest in all of their favorite energy firms and strategies under one ticker [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter] [click to continue…]

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Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs that are uniquely suited to help investors build exposure into their portfolios [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]. [click to continue…]

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In the wide world of commodity investing, there is perhaps no corner of the market more popular than energy equities, as this volatile yet often rewarding sector has become a staple in many investors’ portfolios. Taking an equity approach to the most heavily traded segment of the commodities market is appealing to many, as this […]

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After a rather sour start, U.S. markets made a comeback late in the day following encouraging comments on fiscal cliff talks and positive signs that the Fed will continue its stimulus package next year. During a White House event, President Obama emphasized that his hope “is to get this agreement done before Christmas.” House of […]

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Energy stocks have struggled mightily so far in 2012, as soft demand for petroleum products and progress towards alternative sources of energy have weighed on this sector. Despite the recent challenges, allocations to energy stocks remain a key component of many investing strategies, and this sector is well represented in the portfolios of both buy-and-hold […]

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The FocusShares lineup of ETFs hit its one year milestone this week, marking the anniversary of the launch of 15 products focusing on U.S. equities. When FocusShares made its entrance 12 months ago, it marked the latest development in an ongoing “price war” in the ETF industry; many of the FocusShares ETFs launched as the […]

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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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The ETF industry has grown quickly in recent years; there are now more than 1,300 products. In many cases, investors and advisors find themselves with several choices for exposure to a desired asset class or investment strategy. While the options may be generally similar, there are nuances to each that impact the risk profile and […]

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With oil prices once again surging, investors are looking to some of the world’s largest oil companies to help power portfolios gains. Now that earnings season is upon us, many are looking for clues from some of these big names to see if the price of crude has helped to spur these firms to record […]

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As the growth of the ETF industry has accelerated in recent years, the chorus of praises for the exchange-traded structure has become deafening in some corners of the investing world. Credited with reducing expenses, improving tax efficiency, and offering increased transparency, ETFs have received an overwhelmingly positive reception from investors both big and small.

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Most markets inched higher last week, but hit a bit of road bump on Friday after investors digested news of declining consumer sentiment for January and a worse-than-expected GDP report. Gold and oil both traded lower during the week, but both commodities were able to stage a small rallies on Friday amidst all the uncertainty […]

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As the ETF industry has continued to gain traction in recent years, indexes have been transformed from hypothetical performance benchmarks into essentially investable assets. As such, investors have become increasingly familiar with many of the indexes that are linked to the most popular exchange-traded products and the methodologies used in the construction and ongoing maintenance.

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