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Stocks finally digested some of the stellar gains seen year-to-date after the latest FOMC minutes rattled investor confidence. During Chairman Bernanke’s testimony to Congress last week, it became clear that the Fed is discussing potential exit strategies, which inevitability sent a wave of worry across Wall Street as stimulus hopes faded away. U.S. equities took a dive in the second-half of the week, although bargain buyers helped to recover some lost ground on Friday after durable goods orders data came in better-than-expected [see also The Cheapest ETF For Every Investment Objective].

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It was a volatile session on Wall Street today, fueled by concerns over potential Fed policy changes and disappointing data from China. Overnight, Japan’s Nikkei Stock average plummeted over 7%, sparking a broad global sell off and a brutal open in the U.S.. Stocks did, however, manage to recover some earlier losses after several better-than-expected economic readings were reported; U.S. new-home sales topped analysts forecasts, while the Labor Department reported unemployment benefits falling by 23,000 last week. In a separate report, flash Markit manufacturing PMI also came in stronger than expected in May [see The Cheapest ETF for Every Investment Objective].

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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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Wall Street seemingly took a breather today from the recent string of record breaking gains, with stocks closing lower after a choppy trading session. Meanwhile, investors kept a close eye on today’s labor report which showed that initial jobless claims declined to 323,000 last week, the lowest level since 2008; analysts were expecting a small […]

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The bulls and bears continued their tug-of-war today, as news from the U.S. and overseas weighed heavily on the markets. In Asia, Japan’s central bank bolstered equities after it announced a series of aggressive easing measures, stating that it will double its government bond holdings in two years. Meanwhile on the U.S. economic front, initial […]

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U.S. equity markets finished an impressive first quarter on a high note today, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average logging in its best quarter in 15 years and the S&P 500 breaking a six-year old high to mark a new all-time new record. Bolstering investor confidence was news of further developments in the euro zone; […]

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Short-term traders and long-term investors alike have flocked to exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in large part because of the exposure they provide to different segments of the economy, including stock sectors, commodities, bonds, real estate and global markets. Investors can now buy a single ETF providing diversified exposure to a specific area of the global economy, […]

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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 […]

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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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Bullish sentiment continues to dominate on Wall Street as upbeat corporate earnings are keeping confidence levels elevated. Major equity indexes have enjoyed a very green start to the new year amid the improving outlook, and the S&P 500 Index and Dow Jones Industrial Average are both sitting on fresh five-year highs; as expected, frustrated bears and so-called experts […]

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Utilities stocks (and ETFs) have generally fared quite well in the last few years, thanks to an interest in low volatility and high dividends among cautious and concerned investors. But there is perhaps reason to now be cautious looking forward; electricity use is declining, threatening the stability of one of the most stable sectors and […]

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ETFdb Analyst Picks: Bull Run Holds For Now

by on January 4, 2013

Santa came late this year but the fact that he showed up at all was good enough for investors on Wall Street. Policymakers in Washington D.C. managed to steer us away from the fiscal cliff, at least for now that is, as they struck a deal in virtually the last moment possible. The bull parade […]

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