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The democratization of asset classes has been one of the main driving forces behind the ever-expanding ETF universe. In fact, with the U.S. bull market recently turning five years old there has been a variety of funds crossing major milestones, both in terms of assets under management as well as age [see also How Markets React To Major World Events]. 
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Making the right call on whether we’re headed for a bull or bear market is only half the battle; knowing which sectors are poised to outperform, given the prevailing economic conditions, is how many professional money managers “beat the market.” Commonly referred to as sector rotation, this timeless investing approach revolves around picking market leaders at different turning points throughout the business cycle. [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects April 7th Edition

by on April 7, 2014 | Updated April 14, 2014

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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Since the depths of the financial crisis over five years ago, one of the most debated topics remains the efficacy of the Federal Reserve’s unprecedented stimulus program. Only hindsight will reveal whether or not the era of “free money” was a success or a great blunder, but whatever the case may be years from now, […]

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4 Yellen-Friendly ETFs

by on January 28, 2014

After eight years of serving at the helm of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke’s term will expire on Saturday, when his successor Janet Yellen will take over. Yellen (who is currently the Vice Chairman of the Federal Reserve) will be the first woman to hold the position of Chairperson of the Federal Reserve, making February […]

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Wall Street was in for a mixed bag of earnings this week, with several bellwethers reporting third quarter results. 3M (MMM) and Ford Motor Company (F) topped analyst earnings and revenue expectations, while telecom giant AT&T (T) also beat earnings estimates, though revenues fell in line with expectations. Caterpillar (CAT)–one of the biggest manufacturers of construction and mining […]

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It was another choppy session on Wall Street today as investors digested yet another slew of mixed earnings reports. Conglomerate 3M (MMM) reported earnings that were in line with expectations, though the company posted a decline in sales of materials used in electronics and solar energy. Auto-maker General Motors (GM) beat the Street’s expectations, though […]

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Six months have passed in 2013 and the financial world has had plenty to buzz about. From a bull run in U.S. to worries over the stability of the global economy, the first half of the year has been one of the most memorable stretches the investing world has seen in a long time. Already, […]

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Wall Street endured a steep sell-off today, as another round of disappointing economic reports and concerns over when the Fed will begin tapering weighed heavily on the markets. In economic news, ADP and Moody’s reported only 135,000 new private-sector jobs in May, well bellow the expected 170,000. Meanwhile, the Institute for Supply Management’s non-manufacturing purchasing […]

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Markets took their cue from Ben Bernanke today, as the chairman commented on the Fed’s monetary policy before the Senate’s Joint Economic Committee in Washington. Though Bernanke stated that the central bank will continue its current stimulus measures, he indicated that changes may be made, but when they will happen, he simply “does not know.” […]

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The party continued on Wall Street this past week as bullish euphoria carried equity indexes further into uncharted territory; the S&P 500 Index cruised past the 1,650 level while the Dow Jones Industrial Average settled above the 15,300 mark. On the data front, potential signs of weakening fundamentals began to resurface after industrial production and weekly jobless […]

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Stocks are off to a mixed start this week as upbeat retail sales data is colliding with a growing urgency to take profit as major U.S. benchmarks drift higher into uncharted territory. Selling pressures were further bolstered by mentions of the Fed’s exit strategy, although fading stimulus hopes are likely to be short-lived judging by […]

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