• Global X Could be the X-Factor for Your Portfolio

    Global X is a fast-growing, multi-faceted alternative exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider.

  • The Fed Tapers and the Growth SLOWS

    If you’ve ever been caught up in a case of really bad timing, then you probably know what the Fed is feeling right about now.

  • Deutsche Bank Offers Access to Foreign Markets

    Roughly one third of Deutsche Bank’s 30 exchange-traded fund (ETF) offerings provide investors with direct exposure to foreign markets, while also engaging in currency hedging to mitigate the risk of fluctuating exchange rates.

  • Recapturing the 50-Day Average

    After a seven-day run higher in the equity markets, stocks in the benchmark S&P 500 Index now have recovered a majority of the losses they sustained during the previous two weeks.

  • You Could Watch Your Portfolio Climb with ALPS

    The next few weeks’ ETF Talks will focus on niche providers. The first in this series highlights ALPS.

  • Yellow Warning Light from U.S. Stocks

    If you were looking for a reason to be cautious about the financial markets, then last week’s action in stocks offered you one giant yellow light.

  • Direxion Differentiates Itself with Leveraged Funds

    A notable provider of alternative investment exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is Direxion. Such alternative investments also can give diversity to your portfolio, as well as provide a safe haven during a crisis.

  • The 2014 Low-Yield Conundrum

    Conventional wisdom says that the reduction in bond buying from the Fed should have caused interest rates to rise. However, this just hasn’t happened yet.

  • Fidelity Forays into Low-Cost Funds

    Fidelity Investments is a relatively recent entrant to the exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider market. Fidelity, founded in 1946, probably is best known as one of the largest providers of mutual funds and other actively managed funds, featuring actively managed sector | Read More »

  • Your Q1 ETF Scorecard

    The first quarter of 2014 is history, and now it’s time to do a little review of the various sector exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to show how the market performed during the past three volatile months.

  • Charles Schwab’s ETF Selection is Broad

    Charles Schwab’s discount investing company provides one of the industry’s widest selections of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

  • China and Emerging Markets: The Quiet Rebound

    Recently, stocks in both China and the emerging markets have staged a quiet comeback. FXI just broke above its 50-day moving average, while EEM now is back above both its 50- and 200-day moving averages.

  • Guggenheim Draws a Unique Portfolio Picture

    An exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider with a name more recognizable from the world of art, rather than investments, is Guggenheim.

  • Does the Fed Want a Correction?

    As most of us expected, the Fed announced today that it was tapering its bond-buying program by $10 billion per month; however, there was a significant change in the central bank’s forward guidance.

  • PowerShares Seeks to Boost Your Portfolio

    We introduce you today to exchange-traded fund (ETF) provider Invesco PowerShares, a company offering a wide range of investment options.

  • Will There Be a Spillover Effect?

    Given all of the geopolitical turmoil of late that’s rocked many of the biggest emerging markets in the world, it’s logical to ask ourselves if there will be a spillover effect — some call it “contagion” — here in the U.S. equity markets.

  • WisdomTree Grows Portfolios with Dividends

    We continue our examination of various exchange-traded fund (ETF) providers today by taking a look at WisdomTree. WisdomTree entered the ETF market in 2006 and is currently the fifth-largest provider of ETFs, with 62 funds.

  • Stocks Spike Back to the Front

    A huge down month for stocks in January was followed by a big rebound in February, and now it’s March, and the first two trading days of the month were reminiscent of the first two months.

  • Introducing First Trust

    As its name implies, First Trust offers a variety of trusts and funds, including unit trusts, variable annuities, closed-end funds, mutual funds, 401(k) and, yes, ETFs.

  • A Welcome Calm

    I’m actually welcoming the recent calm in stocks, as I think the pendulum swung a bit too much in both directions so far this year.