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12 Cheap ETFs Every Trader Must Know

by on March 20, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

The popularity of ETFs–for their transparency, diversity across asset classes and low fees–have created a lot of competition between ETF providers to attract volume. One way ETFs attract volume is through a low expense ratio (ER). The ER is the fee charged to manage your funds on a yearly basis, expressed as a percentage. While the ER is not the only factor to consider when investing in ETFs, a lower ER means you keep more of the generated profits, and pay less when you realize a loss [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

Below is a list of the cheapest ETFs in the short/inverse, leveraged and major asset categories; please note this includes only ETFs in the top 100 by trading volume, and as such, is intended for active investors who are looking to keep their trading costs to a minimum:

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As the economy continues to show positive signs of recovery, investors are becoming bolder with their funds, even returning to an industry that many blame for the situation we are in now. Big or small, not all banks were able to weather the liquidity stress tests the last five years have put them through, but all are looking forward to the return of an expanding global market. With over 40 ETFs focusing on the financial sector, there are a number niche and broad prospective investors can take on in this massive global industry [see Visual History Of The S&P 500].

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How to Use a Pairs Trading Strategy With ETFs

by on February 25, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

Pairs trading is a dynamic trading strategy any ETF trader can add to their playbook. Some traders use the strategy during volatile market conditions in an attempt to control risk; others use it because they favor one investment over another but realize they could be wrong and want to hedge their bet; and others use […]

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How to take Profits and Cut Losses When Trading ETFs

by on February 18, 2013 | Updated December 8, 2014

Finding the right ETF to buy or sell is only half the battle; having a disciplined exit strategy is what separates average traders from consistently profitable ones. Most traders focus all of their energy on the entry, attempting to find that perfect time to buy right before an ETF takes off. While the entry is […]

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For those outside of 401(k) and other employer-sponsored retirement accounts, exchange-traded funds are rapidly taking the place of mutual funds as the product of choice for investors searching for diversification at a low price. Not only can ETFs provide a diversified vehicle for capital appreciation, they can also provide healthy and impressive dividends for the […]

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Markets took a steep tumble today, as investors left for the weekend feeling uneasy about the budget talks in Washington. After several back and forth talks between the President, House Speaker John Boehner, in a surprise move, abandoned his plans to bring his “Plan B” budget proposal to a vote, though he assured the public that […]

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Despite some rather positive economic data, Wall Street remained pessimistic about the seemingly never-ending fiscal cliff negotiations. Third-quarter GDP was revised to 3.1%, up from 2.7%, while second-quarter growth was recorded at 1.3%. Existing home sales in November jumped 5.9% from the previous month, bucking economists’ expectations of a 2.3% increase. The Philadelphia Federal Reserve […]

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The Most Tradable Stock In Each Sector SPDR ETF

by on December 11, 2012 | Updated December 19, 2012

Sector ETFs give you a convenient way to monitor, analyze and trade different sectors of the economy. When the overall stock market—gauged by an index such as the S&P 500—is moving higher, one, two or possibly three sectors will be the strongest and leading the market higher; other sectors will be laggards. By monitoring which […]

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The 5 Most Important Chart Patterns For ETF Traders

by on December 5, 2012 | Updated December 8, 2014

Chart patterns are a very useful tool because they occur regularly—providing you with lots of trade candidates—and also provide everything you need to trade. When you spot an ETF chart pattern, and know how to utilize it, the pattern provides you with an entry point, stop-loss price as well as a profit target. While no […]

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Don’t Try To Catch The Falling Knife

by on November 17, 2012

Investors endured a painful week of profit-taking on Wall Street as post-election worries over the looming “fiscal cliff” have taken center stage. Overseas, European policymakers did what they do best: kick the can down the road. Finance ministers from the currency bloc agreed to postpone Greek austerity talks yet again, giving an extension through November 20. At […]

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While some American’s continued Obama’s victory celebration today, Wall Street certainly made clear who it had voted for as stocks took a sharp nosedive in a post-election sell off. With the re-elected President’s win, concerns over the looming fiscal cliff escalated, leaving investors uncertain about the split Congress coming up with a resolution. To add […]

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Investors were in for another choppy trading session today as ongoing global growth worries overshadowed some better-than-expected earnings and economic reports. In macro news, the U.S. consumer sentiment jumped to its highest level in five years, bucking many analysts predictions. Financial bellwethers J.P. Morgan Chase and Wells Fargo also surprised investors, as both companies reported […]

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