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3 Surprising A+ ETFs

by on August 16, 2012 | Updated August 27, 2012

Cost-efficiency  and ease-of-use remain dominant themes in the ETF industry as investors of all walks have found themselves using this product wrapper. Everyone from active traders to buy-and-hold investors has embraced the exchange-traded product structure as the preferred vehicle when it comes to tapping into virtually any asset class. As with any financial instrument, however, with innovation also comes complexity; as a result, sorting through the growing lineup of over 1,400 ETPs can be an intimidating task for novice and seasoned investors alike [see also How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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Equity markets have taken a wild ride this past year as everything from an unimaginable earthquake in Japan to a looming debt crisis in Europe has taken its toll on investors’ confidence. As 2011 draws to a close, many are left scratching their heads in confusion and uncertainty, given the predominantly gloomy economic outlook that many are expecting for the new year. Financial behemoth UBS has issued its economic outlook for 2012 along with a set of conservative investment principles that are sure to please the defensive-minded crowd worrisome of continuing economic turmoil.

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The reasons for the rise of the ETF industry are numerous: intraday liquidity, (potentially) superior tax efficiency, and enhanced transparency relative to traditional actively-managed mutual funds have all contributed to the billions of dollars of inflows that these funds have seen in recent years. But the real attraction for most ETF investors is the reduced […]

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Are Value ETFs Leading Us Out Of The Recession?

by on June 25, 2009 | Updated May 14, 2013

Conventional wisdom says that while growth stocks outperform their value counterparts during recessions, value stocks gain the upper hand once the economy hits bottom, leading the way during the early recovery stage of most economic cycles. That’s according to a report by Russell Investments of Tacoma, Washington, which indicates that growth outperformance tends to reverse […]

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