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Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall Street continues to buzz about a number of tech firms that are continually rolling out never-before-seen products. When it comes time to choose the right tech ETF for you, the options can be a bit overwhelming, as there are over 30 options to choose from. [click to continue…]

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The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient investors, which is why arming yourself with knowledge about how previous economic recoveries have played out can give you an edge. Business cycle analysis can help ETF investors distinguish between different phases of economic expansion and contraction, helping to pinpoint sectors of the market that perform better than others throughout certain phases [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

As such, there are two pressing questions that must be answered at any point in time before jumping into an investment. First, what part of the business cycle are we in now? And the logical follow up is what asset classes should investors over or underweight during the coming months in an effort to favorably position themselves?  [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects September 30th Edition

by on September 30, 2013

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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Tablets are not a relatively new innovation in the tech world; Microsoft introduced the Tablet PC in 2000, but consumers remained uninterested in the computing innovation for a decade. With the release of the iPad in 2010 the true tablet wars began, with traditional software companies coming head to head with consumer-product producers looking to […]

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The first quarter of 2013 earnings season has taken over the headlines, with several bellwethers reporting both hits and misses. Of the trends seen so far this season, firms missing revenue expectations seems to be a predominant one; many companies have beaten profits not because revenues are up, but because costs have decreased. However, some firms have […]

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U.S. equities rallied once again today after a brief morning slide; the S&P 500 and Nasdaq logged in their sixth-straight month of gains, while the Dow ended higher for the fifth-straight month. Earlier losses came after Pfizer (PFE) posted a disappointing earnings report and the Chicago-area purchasing managers’ index came in lower than expected for April. Pulling […]

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Say Hello To 5-Year Highs

by on February 2, 2013

Major equity indexes relentlessly pushed higher throughout the week with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 both tallying big gains for January as well as setting fresh five-year highs. Bullish momentum kicked off the trading week after durable goods order data blew right past analyst expectations, helping to add fundamental fuel to the […]

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Bears At The Gates

by on January 28, 2013

Buying pressures were alive and kicking last week as upbeat earnings results and encouraging employment data on the home front kept confidence levels afloat. The coveted S&P 500 Index managed to settle past the psychologically significant 1,500 level last week, while the grandfather of the ETF industry, SPY, celebrated its 20th birthday [see S&P 500 Visual History]. […]

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Few sectors of the economy have proven to be Wall Street game changers over the years, as our highly interconnected global market sometimes leaves little room for uncorrelated returns. Technological innovation and development, however, is perhaps one of the most crucial corners of the market, as this industry continues to be one of the few “growth” […]

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Technological innovation and development have certainly been game changers in the investment world. Last year was an active one for the technology industry, with the launch of several new Apple and Windows products, a lawsuit between two top tech firms, and the rather dreary public offering of social media giant Facebook. Despite some bumps in […]

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Investing in technology can be a roller coaster ride, with advances and discovery driving a market that likely has some hand in every aspect of our lives. One company that has dominated the space is the behemoth Apple (AAPL), whose innovation in the industry has propelled it to become one of investor’s top picks in […]

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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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