Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Daily ETF Roundup: XLF Rallies, VNQ Sinks Alongside REITs

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It was a choppy trading session on Wall Street today as markets took a nose dive right before closing, with the Dow Jones shedding 208.96 points, though major indexes still managed to log in monthly gains. … Continue reading

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May ETF Performance Review: Rate Surge Wipes Out Treasury Funds

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The stock markets and exchange traded funds continued to reach new highs over May but began to falter toward the end of the month as investors took the opportunity to take profits. Meanwhile, safe-haven … Continue reading

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High-Beta ETF Holds Up in Emerging Markets

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The month of May was not a pretty one for major, diversified emerging markets ETFs. The largest members of that group, the Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets ETF (NYSEArca: VWO) and the iShares MSCI Emerging … Continue reading

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New Currency Hedged Germany ETF Hits the Market (DBGR)

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Investors have an option to invest in German securities without the risks of the euro. Continue reading

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Friending the Social Media ETF, Not Facebook

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Before the actual initial public offering, it was one of the most anticipated and ballyhooed IPOs in recent memory. Following its debut as a public company, social media giant Facebook (NasdaqGS: FB) quickly … Continue reading

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Consumer Staples ETFs For Exposure to Drug Retailers

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Drug retailers are a new sub-industry poised to benefit from the Affordable Care Act as 30 million more Americans are projected to gain health insurance coverage beginning January 2014. Consumer staples … Continue reading

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The Week Ahead: Four Ways To Summer-Proof Your Portfolio

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It has been a very volatile week in many world markets. While much of the attention has been focused on the 5.7% drop in the Nikkei-225 last week, many overlook that the total loss has been closer to 9% in just the past two weeks. Continue reading

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Financial ETF Challenging for 2013 Sector Leadership

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Low-beta sectors such as utilities and consumer staples have had their time in the sun not only this year, but for several years now. Add health care to that list. Year-to-date, the best performer among … Continue reading

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Regional Bank ETFs Could Benefit from Rising Rates

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Financial services ETFs, such as the group’s behemoths the Financial Services Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) and the Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) , have been stellar performers in 2013. … Continue reading

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Active High-Yield Bond ETF Bucks Outflow Trend as Rates Rise

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Junk bond bulls are probably happy to see May come to a close. The fifth month of the year was unkind to high-yield bonds with the group on pace for its monthly loss in a year. The pain, modest for now, … Continue reading

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