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This year may have started off on shaky footing as our nation tiptoed near the fiscal cliff, but when we look in the rear view mirror its undeniable that the bulls prevailed from the beginning through the finals trading days of 2013. While a number of asset classes posted dismal returns, namely precious metals and volatility, a number of others managed to post stellar gains, even topping the S&P 500′s impressive +28% return for the year [see The Worst Performing ETFs of 2013]. [click to continue…]

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Though the fiscal cliff ordeal was somewhat successfully avoided, Washington has yet another hurdle to face in the coming months: budget talks. Back in January, the last minute deal cobbled together by Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Joe Biden raised income tax rates for those earning over $450,000. The tax hikes are expected to reduce the deficit by some $620 billion over 10 years, far less than Obama’s $4 trillion in deficit reduction goal. Though the American public might have sighed in relief, government spending was one crucial element that was not addressed in the New Year’s deal [Download Free 7 Simple & Cheap All-ETF Portfolios].  [click to continue…]

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Dividend investing has always drawn a large crowd for its stability and high current income focus. For the most part, companies choose to make cash distributions when experiencing excess cash or when they want to skew their debt-to-equity ratios. Recently, however, a new trend has developed in which companies have even more incentive to let […]

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After a summer slowdown that saw the pace of new ETF launches decline dramatically, product development in the industry ramped up in September. The end of vacation season brought a wave of new exchange-traded products to market, including several first-to-market concepts and the introduction of a couple of new issuers. September also saw a continuation […]

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Yet Another Up-Down Week

by on October 1, 2011

Volatility remains the name of the game. Equity indexes continue to fluctuate wildly and Wall Street started the week with a rally, but investor confidence is clearly lacking as stocks have fallen victim to high-volume profit taking near the close of almost every single trading session. The debt drama in Europe remains unresolved and investors […]

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State Street, the issuer behind the two largest U.S.-listed exchange-traded products, announced today the launch today of three new funds offering targeted exposure to key sub-sectors of the U.S. economy. The new funds will track narrow corners of the technology, health care, and industrials sector, giving investors new options for placing targeted bets on the […]

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