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  • ETF Scorecard – April 18th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Bullish pressures returned to Wall Street, following a choppy finish to the week prior. Major equity indexes were able to rebound modestly after investors digested better-than-expected retail sales data along with upbeat Philly Fed numbers. Volatility still permeated the markets, as investors kept a close watch on developments …

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Buying a Technology ETF ETF Database - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Technology is advancing more and more quickly as the years go on, so it is no surprise to see this sector gain popularity among investors.  As such, technology ETFs have become investor favorites, as Wall ...

  • 101 #ETFFunFacts ETF Database - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The ETF industry has been growing for more than two decades, as exchange traded products have cracked the investing space wide open. With nearly $3 trillion in total global assets, it is clear that these ...

  • Recent Political Crises and ETFs: A Brief History ETF Database - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    From boom to bust to bubble, the ups and downs on Wall Street have proven to be a blessing for some investors’ portfolios and a curse for others. While it’s true that past performance is no guarantee of future returns, there are still valuable lessons to be learned from the tumultuous times on Wall Street [see Visual Guide: …

  • How to Spot a Sector Rotation with ETFs ETF Database - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    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 ...

  • Bad Investor Behavior: Overemphasizing Experience ETF Database - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Yet researchers have discovered that our personal experiences disproportionately impact our expectations about the future and risk taking behavior. Q: What is the evidence on how personal experiences affect our investment decisions? A: Researchers have found that our experiences have a disproportionate impact on how much …

  • With over 1,500 products to choose from, the possibilities are essentially endless for investors, as the low-cost and efficient ETF wrapper allows investors to tap into nearly every corner of the investable universe [see Foreign ETFs: How Other Countries Stack Up]. But with ETF issuers pitching so many new products to …

  • ETF Scorecard – April 11th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Following a worrisome close last week, major equity indexes managed to rebound in the first half of the week thanks to reassuring words from policymakers; optimism returned to Wall Street as the latest ...

  • Early Bird Doesn’t Get the Social Security Worm ETF Database - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Here’s an eye-opening statistic: 73% of Americans who are collecting Social Security (SS) today are receiving less than their full benefit. That’s because we all have options when it comes to collecting Social Security benefits. You can begin collecting Social Security benefits as early as age 62. Your PIA is the basis …

  • Seasonal Tendencies You Can Trade with ETFs ETF Database - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    An expanding number of ETFs, combined with the computational power to find seasonal tendencies in the stock market, means ETF traders can utilize these tendencies for trade selection and timing. Seasonal tendencies occur for varying reasons, such as an elevated mood heading into Christmas, seasonal changes, or short-term …

  • ETFs with 5-Year Losing Streaks ETF Database - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Since markets bottomed in March of 2009, few assets have let up in their relentless run, as the recent bull market has been one of the strongest in recent history. Still, while funds like SPY and DIA have ...

  • 10 of the Best ETF Trades of All Time ETF Database - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The Lesson Learned: If you’re trading commodity producers, make sure you understand the underlying natural resources market fundamentals. The Lesson Learned: There is always a fundamental story behind sustained market trends – so do your homework and find out what it is.

  • Yawn of an Employment Report? Think Again ETF Database - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Most of the narrative surrounding the latest jobs report has been that the number was mildly disappointing, but nothing extraordinary. The March employment number reflects the usual rate of hiring during expansionary periods for the past 25 years, of about 200,000 jobs a month. But this number doesn’t account for population …

  • What Ever Happened to Coal ETFs? ETF Database - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    During both of President Obama’s election campaigns, energy seemed to be one of the hottest topics of debate. Subsequently, investments in the coal industry have faltered in recent years, and so has the only ETF offering targeted exposure to the commodity – the Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL, B). KOL Stuck in a Rut Van …

  • ETF Scorecard – April 4th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Markets have struggled to find positive momentum in 2014, but this week saw a glimmer of hope, as SPY hit a record close of $188.86 on Wednesday. For the most part, all eyes have been fixated on today’s ...

  • ETFs with 6-Year Winning Streaks ETF Database - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    It has been five years since the current bull run began, as the S&P 500 has gained 170% since its bottom in March of 2009. SPY, along with approximately 150 other funds, have enjoyed five straight years ...

  • The Devil in the Details: Five Retirement Budget Proposals ETF Database - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    President Obama got our attention in his State of the Union speech by calling for action on retirement. The President’s budget proposals, however, may reveal more about the administration’s overall vision for retirement policy. President Obama’s State of the Union speech is a case in point. The topline story was the …

  • Raising the Minimum Wage: Cure or Curse? ETF Database - Tue, Apr 1, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    There’s been a lot of talk lately about raising the minimum wage, both on the federal and local level. In his State of the Union address earlier this year, for instance, President Obama announced an executive order raising the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour from $7.25, and he called for a …

  • March Review: Best and Worst Performing ETFs ETF Database - Mon, Mar 31, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Mixed economic reports from across the globe combined with rising geopolitical tensions in Ukraine weighed heavily on the markets in March. Investors digested several key political moves this month, with ...

  • ETF Scorecard – March 28th Edition ETF Database - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    U.S. equities struggled to build momentum again this week, as mixed economic reports weighed on the markets. Also adding to looming uncertainty, investors digested President Obama’s statement concerning ...

  • The newest addition to the UBS lineup, SPLX will employ a 200% leverage on popular S&P 500 Total Return (TR) index. A total return index is one that sees dividends and interest reinvested back into the index. To give you an idea of how big of a difference that makes, the Dow Jones Total Return index has outperformed the …

  • Higher Rates on the Horizon? Three Implications ETF Database - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    While the Federal Reserve (Fed)’s announcement last week of further tapering was widely expected, investors were temporarily taken aback – at least for a day – by the prospect of an earlier-than-expected rate hike. New Fed Chair Janet Yellen’s comment that the Fed could hike short-term rates six-months following the end …

  • What Happens When Your ETF Splits? ETF Database - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    Stock splits and reverse splits are a commonplace practice in the investing world and have been in place for quite some time. In this case, your 11th share cannot be evenly split and you will simply receive the cash that the share was worth prior to the reverse split.

  • Emerging Markets: Four Reasons for Caution, Not Abstinence ETF Database - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    In the space of three years, emerging markets have gone from a key strategic asset class, one favored by many investors, to persona non grata. But while I share investors’ concerns on the near-term outlook for EM assets, I don’t agree with the notion that EM equities have gone from a strategic asset class to one that should …

  • 7 Underappreciated Core ETFs ETF Database - Mon, Mar 24, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The rapid expansion and development of the ETF industry has made it easy and cost-effective for mainstream investors to tap into virtually any asset class. And though there are many products out there ...

  • 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 3/22 ETF Database - Sat, Mar 22, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Investors digested a slew of economic data this week, as well as the Fed’s latest policy statement. On Thursday, the central bank pulled back to $55 billion from $65 billion for its monthly bond-buying ...

  • ETF Scorecard – March 21st Edition ETF Database - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    The combination of looming uncertainty over the political crisis in Ukraine and a change in the Fed’s forward guidance following the latest FOMC statement was enough to put a lid on investors’ confidence ...

  • Meet myRA: Investor Training Wheels ETF Database - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    But I think they may be missing what is most interesting about myRA: it shows a solid understanding of the behavioral barriers to saving. It is in effect, investor training wheels. Training wheels remove that fear and get you used to riding around. Consider how it directly addresses barriers to retirement savings for …

  • Investing Insights: How iSectors Utilizes ETFs ETF Database - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    While countless individual investors have embraced ETFs for their ease-of-use, cost-efficiency, and unparalleled transparency, a growing number of institutional investors are also taking advantage of the exchange-traded product structure. The firm’s founder and CEO, Vern Sumnicht, recently took time to explain the role …

  • How Do ETF Dividends Work? ETF Database - Thu, Mar 20, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The theme of dividend investing has taken portfolios by storm, as ultra-low rates have forced investors to seek stable income elsewhere. As such, the growth of dividend ETFs has rapidly accelerated in ...

  • What Rising Turmoil in Ukraine Would Mean for Stocks ETF Database - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Last week, I wrote that markets aren’t likely to react to events in Ukraine without a significant escalation in violence or clear evidence linking the events to the global economy, such as a disruption of oil or gas markets. While investors generally sold off higher-risk assets last week as tension mounted, stocks pushed …

  • Currency ETFs vs. Their Stock Market Since Market Bottom ETF Database - Tue, Mar 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    When it comes to foreign equity exposure, many investors tend to dismiss, or simply aren’t aware of, the impact that foreign currency exchange fluctuations can have on their investments’ bottom-line returns. The fact of the matter is that in many cases a country’s currency can be a direct driver of stock market returns, …

  • 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 3/15 ETF Database - Sat, Mar 15, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    U.S. benchmarks took a pause this week and pulled back from recent highs, as fears over global data and tensions in Ukraine sparked a harsh sell-off on Thursday. For now, investors and analysts will hold ...

  • ETF Scorecard – Mar. 14 ETF Database - Fri, Mar 14, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    A quiet economic front at home this week gave investors a chance to digest uncertainty from overseas, and not surprisingly, bearish sentiment permeated the Street as many remain unsure about re-entering ...

  • Happy Birthday, Bull Market ETF Database - Thu, Mar 13, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    Last week, U.S. investors brushed off geopolitical worries, pushing stocks to a record high. For now, however, as I write in my new weekly commentary, the “good enough” economic data, momentum and low rates are allowing the bull market to enter a sixth year. On March 9, 2009, the stock market bottomed amid the throes …

  • Last week, investors saw a handful of funds make their debut, including First Trusts’ Dorsey Wright Focus 5 ETF (FV) and AdvisorShares’ YieldPro ETF (YPRO). This week, ETF issuers continued to fill the ...

  • 5 Questions to Ask When Buying an Energy ETF ETF Database - Wed, Mar 12, 2014 7:00 AM EDT

    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 ...

  • What Could you do with $48 Billion? ETF Database - Tue, Mar 11, 2014 7:00 PM EDT

    You may have seen the recent H&R Block commercials that try to illustrate how much money is left on the table when people do their own taxes. They show a man placing $500 in every seat in every football ...

  • Target Retirement Date Report Card ETF Database - Mon, Mar 10, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    The rapid development of the exchange-traded fund industry has brought to market more than 1,500 products for investors to choose from. Most, however, use only a handful of ETFs to build a well-diversified ...

  • 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 3/8 ETF Database - Sat, Mar 8, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    For the most part, major U.S. equity indexes trekked higher during the week, as tensions over the crisis in Ukraine sparked a quick but brief pullback. Markets have yet to digest a full resolution from ...

  • Finding Value in Frontier Markets as Ukraine Crisis Continues ETF Database - Thu, Mar 6, 2014 7:00 PM EST

    Investors seeking diversification away from emerging market equities flocked to frontier market (FM) equity funds in 2013. The category is small but growing, amassing a record $3.7 billion last year in mutual funds, ETFs and other investments. Although Frontier funds are a relatively new category within the massive ETF …

  • A Tough Spring Ahead for Stocks? ETF Database - Thu, Mar 6, 2014 9:24 AM EST

    Meanwhile, a key leading indicator – the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) – fell to a six-month low, suggesting a further slowdown in U.S. economic growth. He is a regular contributor to The Blog.

  • Understanding the Mutual Fund vs. ETF Cost Difference ETF Database - Thu, Mar 6, 2014 7:00 AM EST

    A lot has been made of the difference between ETF and mutual fund expenses, and for good reason. As the ETF world continues to expand, investors are granted hundreds of low-cost alternatives to many popular ...

  • Sector ETF Highlights and Lowlights from Market Bottom ETF Database - Tue, Mar 4, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    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. Prior to the start of 2009, the Federal Reserve cut interest rates to historically unprecedented levels (0-0.25%) in mid-December of 2008; Below we …

  • February Review: Best and Worst Performing ETFs ETF Database - Mon, Mar 3, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    It was another up-and-down month for Wall Street in February, as investors weighed a mixed bag of earnings and economic reports. February saw the Philadelphia Federal Reserve index of manufacturing activity ...

  • 7 Articles ETF Investors Must Read: 3/1 ETF Database - Sat, Mar 1, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Despite a mixed bag of economic reports, this week saw the S&P 500 hit a new record closing high. The Conference board reported consumer confidence falling to 78.1, while the S&P/Case-Shiller 20-City home-price ...

  • Why Junior Silver Miners Are Dominating in 2014 ETF Database - Thu, Feb 27, 2014 11:00 AM EST

    The PureFunds ISE Junior Silver ETF (SILJ) was the first of its kind, offering exposure to the small cap silver mining world. We had the opportunity to speak with Andrew Chanin from PureFunds to discuss the ETF and why it has been on a tear in 2014 [for more ETF news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter]. ETF …

  • The new ETF, EQLT, offers exposure to both domestic as well as foreign companies that support equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees. The fund’s underlying benchmark, the Workplace Equality Index, was created originally in 2001 by Denver Investments at the request of individuals and foundations …

  • Though there was quite a bit of back-and-forth stock market movement last week as investors reacted to some mixed economic data and earnings reports, stocks ultimately finished the week little changed. Two factors are helping to keep inflation contained and less volatile than in the past – soft wage growth and dampened …

  • Three Reasons Frontier & EM Equities Are Not Created Equal ETF Database - Tue, Feb 25, 2014 7:00 PM EST

    With all the turmoil in emerging markets recently, some investors may be especially wary of investing in so-called frontier markets, traditionally the riskiest areas of the emerging world. But investors shouldn’t assume that frontier markets are the same as their emerging market counterparts. Just as I view emerging markets …

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