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We are recommending a new short  position for the month ahead, which looks to favorably position investors in the event of a broad market pullback. No one knows when the much-awaited correction will start, but when it does come around, this recommended short position could return a handsome profit. Below, we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.

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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 […]

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The energy sector is among the fastest-moving market segments in the world, as its make-up changes significantly as the years go on. The rapid development of technology and new sources of energy has helped this segment remain one of the hottest investing spaces for decades. Energy ETFs have especially taken off in recent years, as […]

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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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Major equity indexes kicked off 2013 with a bang as politicians on Capitol Hill steered the nation away from the fiscal cliff in the nick of time. The bull train chugged along full steam ahead with little interruption until late May when Federal Reserve officials rudely reminded investors that they are considering scaling back on […]

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Exchange-traded funds enable investors to reach into nearly every corner of the market with a single convenient and diversified U.S.-traded security. Energy equities represent one of these corners of the market, where it’s important to remain diversified given the volatility present in many of the underlying commodities moving the market. Fortunately, there are many ETFs […]

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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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Wall Street started off the week on a sour note as investors remained cautious ahead of a slew of economic news slated for this week, most notably the Federal Reserve’s policy-setting committee statement on Wednesday as well as Friday’s monthly jobs report. In corporate news, biotech company Elan announced it that it will be acquired […]

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The summer slump continued on Wall Street, as investors weighed a slew of mixed earnings reports against strong housing data. New home sales for June were reported to have risen 8.3% to a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 497,000; analysts were expecting a rate of 485,000. In earnings news, tech giant Apple (AAPL) easily beat […]

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After a week of both hits and misses, the second quarter earnings season is well on its way and the week ahead will be filled with yet another round of reports. Last week, beverage giant Coca-Cola (KO) reported weaker-than-expected sales, while Goldman Sachs (GS) posted earnings per share of $3.70, well past the $2.82 estimate. Continuing the […]

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U.S. equities traded higher today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500 logging in fresh highs, following a batch of better-than-expected economic reports and Bernanke’s second day of testimony. According to the Labor Department, initial claims for jobless benefits fell by 24,000 to a seasonally adjusted 334,000, the lowest level in four months. […]

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