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Leading up to last week’s presidential election, the financial media was full of predictions about asset classes that would do well in the event of the various possible outcomes. From big banks to green energy to TIPS, just about everyone had a prediction for what would thrive and what would struggle in the wake of the exercise in democracy. Now, a week later, we have the benefit of hindsight to see how markets actually reacted to the news that Obama had been re-elected, along with a Republican House and Democratic Senate. Below we take a quick look at the asset classes that ended up being big winners and losers from the 2012 election [Download 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn]:  [click to continue…]

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Make Way For The Bulls

by on February 4, 2012

Our bearish suspicions proved incorrect last week as bullish euphoria on Wall Street was bolstered by a string of better-than-expected economic reports. On the home front, construction spending, motor vehicles sales, and jobless claims all beat analyst expectations. The big story was Friday’s employment report, which tipped stocks higher to close out the week after the unemployment rate dipped to 8.3% from 8.5%. Greek debt negotiations have also been moving along and investors appear to be regaining a bit of the confidence in the beat down currency bloc.

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Bears Are Lurking Around The Corner

by on January 30, 2012 | Updated February 3, 2012

After an up-down performance across equity markets last week, investors will look to revive bullish momentum on Wall Street as earnings season continues full speed ahead. The spotlight will also turn to Fed Chair Ben Bernanke as he is set to testify before Congress on Thursday, an event that usually comes away with a detailed […]

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Investors’ confidence has taken a serious beating over the past few months as debt drama on both sides of the Atlantic ocean has paved the way for volatile price action across financial markets. Despite better-than-expected economic data releases on the home front, Euro zone debt woes have definitively taken center stage; sentiment on Wall Street […]

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With the finish line in sight, it’s fairly safe to say that 2011 will be remembered by most investors as a wild, back-and-forth year that brought plenty of both hope and despair. A hot start raised optimism of a continued recovery after a generally impressive 2011, but the summer months were anything but relaxing; major […]

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The last five years have seen a tremendous expansion of the ETF industry, as assets have skyrocketed and the number of products available to U.S.-based investors has multiplied. That same period of time has also been a period of tremendous volatility in global financial markets; the last five years have witnessed an unprecedented financial crisis, […]

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With the fourth quarter of 2011 now well underway, the year is generally shaping up to be one that many investors will try quickly to forget. After 2009 and 2010 brought steady recoveries from the chaotic downturn in 2008, this year has seen renewed concerns about mounting debt burdens around the globe and slowing growth […]

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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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Markets Bear Down

by on September 28, 2011

Wall Street started the week with a rally as investors regained some optimism over the weekend, although the euro zone debt drama has by no means been resolved. Tuesday was a wild day, as equity indexes gapped much higher at the open, but failed to hold onto gains for the whole session and sold-off hard […]

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ProShares, the Bethesda, Maryland-based ETF issuer best known for its suite of leveraged and inverse products, announced plans to expand its offering in the Treasury bond space with its latest SEC filing. In the document, the company detailed four new funds that are vastly different from anything else in the market, giving investors new ways […]

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Does Gold Still Glitter?

by on September 26, 2011

Stock markets around the globe plunged last week following the Fed’s decision to proceed with “Operation Twist“, which sent waves of fear and panic-selling across every corner of the market. Long-term U.S. Treasury bonds were the only securities that didn’t get slaughtered last week, the S&P 500 shed more than 6% while the MSCI Emerging […]

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The summer of 2011 is shaping up a lot like that of 2010. Yet again, fears in the euro-zone have sparked massive sell-offs in global equities, as more countries become at risk of defaulting this year. Worries over the U.S. economy are also a major factor in the market slump, as many analysts have slashed […]

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