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Mixed trading dominated Wall Street on Wednesday as investors digested conflicting data. On the bright side, U.S. housing data welcomed the bulls after the September housing starts figure blew expectations out of the water; this reading came in at 872,000, well above estimates of 770,000 as well as the previous month’s figure of 758,000. On the other hand, dismal earnings kept a lid on investors’ confidence; bellwethers Intel and IBM both missed the mark, inviting profit-taking pressures into the tech-sector [see Free Report: How To Pick The Right ETF Every Time].

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In recent years ETFs have become the vehicle of choice for accessing a wide range of asset classes, from traditional stocks and bonds to more “exotic” strategies such as commodities and hedge fund-like positions. So it is no surprise that there are now dozens of dividend-focused ETFs designed to deliver cheap, efficient, and targeted exposure to companies that make cash distributions to shareholders. One of the most popular of those is the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY), a product that has perhaps the most stringent requirements for inclusion among all dividend-focused funds. In order to be included in the underlying index, companies must have raised their dividend for at least 25 consecutive years. That lengthy period of time stretches across all types of markets–including multiple recessions–meaning that any company that has managed to steadily increase payouts is likely on a firm foundation. [click to continue…]

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This week will watch earnings season continue in full stride as a number of bellwether firms are set to announce their most recent fiscal quarter’s statements. Last week saw some mixed results, with companies like Citigroup and Google missing, while others like Wells Fargo, IBM, and Intel were able to lift markets. In fact, the […]

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Sometimes the simplest solution is the most effective. That certainly seemed to be the case when it comes to dividend-focused exchange-traded products in 2011. As investors have sought to enhance current return profiles while scaling back the risk of equity investments, the landscape has become cluttered with ETPs targeting stocks of dividend-paying companies. Currently there […]

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The old adage “never judge a book by its cover” has been applied to a wide variety of situations over the years, from encouraging open mindedness in social situations to shopping for a car to, well, judging books by their covers. And it turns out this piece of advice can be quite valuable for investors […]

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ETF Dividend Ideas For 2011

by on February 7, 2011 | Updated November 20, 2012

As we enter year three of record low interest rates, many investors continue to face significant challenges in constructing a portfolio that delivers attractive current income without taking on considerable risks. With interest rates on investment grade fixed income securities pushed down, investors who require a constant stream of payments from their portfolios have been […]

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Finally, no more rumors, no more speculation, Verizon Wireless has officially announced they will be servicing the iPhone come February 10th of this year. Apple’s iPhone broke ground for the smartphone industry four years ago, and it quickly became the poster child for the new generation of mobile devices. For years, the iPhone has been […]

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Perhaps now more than at any point in recent memory, Wall Street is keeping a close eye on Washington. In the wake of the recent recession, government regulation and interaction has become a relatively frequent and significant source of risk to various corners of the U.S. economy. First a wave of uncertainty washed over the […]

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In the ongoing battle between phone and cable companies and the FCC, it appears as if Comcast and its allies have won the latest round. The U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia ruled in a 3-0 vote that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lacks the authority to determine how Comcast and other Internet […]

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