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The competitive landscape of the ETF industry has evolved rapidly over the last several years, with several new players–both big and small–making a push into the space. From financial giants such as RBS and Citi to relative unknowns such as Javelin and Precidian, the roster of active ETF issuers has grown to nearly four dozen. Now, mirroring a trend playing out in the lineup of exchange-traded products, it appears that some contraction is in order. Coming months could see a few ETP issuers wiped off the map, as a series of fund closures and mergers should reduce the number of companies that market exchange-traded products [see also ETF Update: Pipeline Continues To Fill]. [click to continue…]

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This week saw markets battle to make gains, as the majority of trading days ended relatively flat thanks to a lack of market moving news. News of an extension of the Bush-era tax cuts has been toying with markets all week as investors anxiously await to see if the deal between President Obama and the Congressional Republicans will be able to push through the Democrats’ roadblock. If the bill is passed, it will likely boost consumer spending and growth, but at the same time will add to our already-large deficit, as the government will not be funding the tax break with spending cuts but with debt instead. An addition to the deficit could be dangerous for the U.S. as it was just released that the November federal budget deficit was the highest on record, coming in a $150.4 million, 25% higher than for the same time last year. This fear helped to boost Treasury yields across the board, giving T-Bills one of their worst weeks in more than a year.

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After being hammered during the most recent recession, the technology sector has enjoyed a stellar recovery over the last 18 months, thanks to an impressive string of innovations that includes 3-D television, touchscreen tablet computers, and a new generation of mobile phones that seem to become both more sophisticated and more ubiquitous by the day. […]

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This year has seen major innovations in the technology field, with products like the iPad and 3-D Television revolutionizing their respective industries. Today, Research In Motion (RIMM) followed the tech trend of the year when it announced its newest smartphone, the BlackBerry Torch, formerly known as the BlackBerry 9800. The long awaited product has been […]

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On a day that saw most equity indexes finish slightly up, Research in Motion, maker of the popular BlackBerry phone, saw its share price crushed by nearly 10%. The steep decline came after the company confirmed investors’ worst fears with its earnings report: the runaway success of Apple’s iPhone has muddied the outlook for the […]

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Five Facts About HOLDRS Every ETF Investor Must Know

by on March 10, 2010 | Updated December 8, 2014

For the most part, ETFs are pretty similar regardless of which issuer is behind the fund. But as many investors know, there’s one notable exception to this rule. The HOLDRS products from Merrill Lynch are similar to traditional ETFs in many ways, but also feature some nuances that make them very different in others. HOLDRS […]

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RIMM Sends Tech ETFs Higher

by on December 18, 2009

Research In Motion, the Canadian Maker of the popular BlackBerry smartphone, reported strong third quarter results on Thursday, beating Street expectations by 6 cents a share and sending shares soaring up by more than 7% in early Friday trading. Many analysts had anticipated that increased competition from other device makers would drag down sales, but […]

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The day after Thanksgiving traditionally kicks off the holiday shopping season, one of the most important times of the year for consumers and investors alike. While promotional campaigns and receipt tallies from “Black Friday” are always closely monitored, this year the day comes with added importance. As the U.S. economy heads towards the finish line […]

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