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  • At Risk Sector ETFs in a Brexit Vote

    06-20-2016 08:25 AM by Tom Lydon

    The upcoming United Kingdom referendum, or "Brexit" vote, that will decide its fate within the European Union has caused a lot of market headaches, especially among bank stock and financial sector-related exchange traded fund investors. The financial sector is among the most a...

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  • Tough Earnings Week Ahead for Financial, Bank ETFs

    04-13-2016 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    At the start of the year, the financial sector outlook looked promising, with the Federal Reserve set on interest rate normalization and banks raising loan rates to capitalize on the rising rate environment. However, as the Fed turns more dovish and banks continue to struggle,...

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  • Sector ETFs That Could Escape the Earnings Malaise

    01-14-2016 03:22 PM by Tom Lydon

    As the markets digest fourth quarter earnings results, U.S. markets are expected to fall further into an earnings recession, with S&P 500 companies likely to show decline in profits for the third consecutive quarter. Nevertheless, there some sectors and related exchange trade...

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  • Hedge Hogs: Traders Flock To Protect This ETF Play

    09-25-2015 03:57 PM by Tom Lydon

    Ahead of the third quarters earnings season, some investors are hedging bets on financial sector stocks and exchange traded funds, hinting at potential weakness in the area as banks underperformed through the near-zero interest rate environment. For instance, one large trader ...

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  • Direxion Delays Reverse Splits for Six Leveraged ETFs

    09-10-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Last month, Direxion, the second-largest issuer of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds, said it will reverse split six of its ETFs, including three well-known gold miners funds. Those reverse splits were supposed to go into effect at the open of the market on September...

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  • Direxion Announces Six Reverse Splits, Including Gold Miners ETFs

    08-10-2015 07:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Direxion, the second-largest issuer of inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds, said it will reverse split six of its ETFs, including three well-known gold miners funds. The Direxion Daily Gold Miners Bull 3X Shares (NYSEArca: NUGT) will undergo a 1-for-10 reverse split wh...

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  • The Worst Performing Sector ETFs of June

    06-02-2015 09:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    The equities market is headed into its worst month of the year, and exchange traded fund investors should take particular care with financial sector stocks. According to MKM Partners market technician Jonathan Krinsky, over the past decade, June has been the worst month of the...

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  • Inverse ETFs to Hedge a Bearish 'Warren Buffett Indicator'

    12-17-2014 10:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Large money managers are bracing for a market correction. Exchange traded fund investors can also hedge against a turn in equities through inverse or bearish ETF options. The so-called Warren Buffett Indicator, or the Total Market Cap to GDP Ratio, is triggering sell-alert war...

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  • Interesting Action in Some Leveraged ETFs

    08-06-2014 10:30 AM by Todd Shriber

    With the S&P 500 down nearly 3% over the past week, it is not surprising that some traders are looking for protection and the potential for out-sized near-term profits with leveraged exchange traded funds. What is surprising, or at the very least interesting, is where the ...

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  • Bank ETFs Flirting With Trouble

    07-10-2014 02:07 PM by Tom Lydon

    With U.S. stocks trading lower Thursday, it is not surprising that financial services exchange traded funds are weaker as well. After all, the sector is the second-largest in the S&P 500 behind technology. Thursday weakness for the likes of the Financial Select Sector SPDR...

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  • Trouble Could be Brewing for Bank ETFs

    06-17-2014 01:21 PM by Todd Shriber

    The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest U.S. sector ETF, is up half a percent in the current quarter, but the niceties could end there for XLF and rival bank ETFs. XLF is locked in a dubious tie with the Consumer Discretionary Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca...

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  • A Bearish Bank ETF Idea

    04-23-2014 09:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    Once strong financial services exchange traded funds are flailing and that could open the door for risk-tolerant traders to profit on the downside with inverse and leveraged ETFs. Although financial services stocks and ETFs are usually solid performers in the first half of Apr...

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  • 10 Worst Leveraged ETFs of 2013

    12-06-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    As is the case with so many things in life, leveraged cuts both ways and that is particularly true in financial markets. Of course, financial markets leverage also means a conversation about leveraged exchange traded funds, an exciting but risky corner of the broader ETF unive...

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  • Top 10 Leveraged ETFs of 2013

    12-04-2013 07:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    In recent years, inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds have spent ample time in the spotlight . Investors enjoy the idea of potential returns that are two or three times those of plain vanilla ETFs, but leveraged ETFs are not buy-and-hold instruments. Rather, these pr...

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  • Timing Could be Right for a Big Bet on Bank ETFs

    11-05-2013 11:32 AM by Todd Shriber

    Financial services exchange traded funds have spent ample time in the limelight this year, mostly in positive fashion. However, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest sector ETF of any stripe, has lost 0.7% over the past three month, making it the only one ...

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  • A FAZ/FAS Debate

    10-24-2013 01:19 PM by Todd Shriber

    Despite lingering controversy for some of its largest constituents, the financial services sector, the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500 behind technology, has enjoyed plenty of success this year. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest sect...

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  • ETF Chart of the Day: Banks

    03-14-2012 03:20 PM by Paul Weisbruch, Street One Financial

    Bank exchange traded funds are moving higher with some of the sector's top names unveiling share buybacks and dividend hikes. For example, SPDR S&P Regional Banking (NYSEArca: KRE) rallied nearly 4% on Tuesday. In notes to customers we have mentioned the outperformance in ...

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  • Financial ETF Rises 3% on Eurozone, Earnings Hopes

    10-12-2011 04:04 PM by Tom Lydon

    Financial exchange traded funds led the market higher Wednesday on speculation European Union leaders will be able to quell the unrest in debt markets. Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) rallied nearly 3%. The sector ETF also climbed above its 50-day simple moving av...

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  • Short ETFs These Funds Profit When Stocks Fall

    10-06-2011 02:46 PM by John Spence

    Leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds have taken their fair share of abuse in the press lately, but the high-octane financial products fill a legitimate need for short-term traders, and they can also be used to hedge. Leveraged products are always the largest percentage ...

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  • Euro Debt, Japan Clean Up Cost Weigh On ETFs

    03-23-2011 08:21 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) edged down at the open on Wednesday as concerns over debt issues in the Euro zone, Japan's nuclear crisis and violence in the Middle East and North Africa persisting. Japan's government said the cost of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated ...

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  • ETFs Mixed As Markets Digest Apple Announcement

    01-18-2011 08:30 AM by Tom Lydon

    ETFs are mixed on Tuesday, as sentiment was pressured by disappointing earnings from Citigroup Inc. and news that Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs was taking a medical leave. Shares of Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) are down as much as 4% today after Chief Executive Officer Steve ...

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  • 6 Reasons to Consider Financial ETFs

    11-14-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The broader market has been performing well in recent months, with the S&P 500 experiencing a nice 11% gain from the beginning of September, but financial stocks and related exchange traded funds (ETFs) have not caught on to the bullish trend. Still, Jeff Reeves for TheStr...

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  • Leveraged ETFs: Useful, But Be Careful

    07-13-2010 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) allow investors to achieve outsized returns. Unfortunately, those outsized returns can be in either the positive or negative direction. Thats why its important to understand exactly what a leveraged ETF is and the different options that are ...

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  • Bear ETFs Heating Up in Volatile Markets

    05-24-2010 12:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    The market has been taking investors on a volatile ride. While many have been on a flight to quality toward gold, Treasury bond and Japanese yen exchange traded funds (ETFs), other intrepid investors are taking shelter in bear funds. Bear funds are increasingly popular in the...

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  • As Dow Falls, Leveraged and Inverse ETFs Have Their Day

    05-06-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    It was the kind of day that inverse and leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) were seemingly made for. As the markets plummeted, inverse and leveraged funds soared by as much as 18%. Bear funds ruled the day today, underscoring the benefits of such funds on days where the ma...

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  • Spice Up Your Portfolio With Leveraged ETFs

    05-01-2010 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Leverage is a risky strategy you can use to amp up your returns. If you have the stomach and resources to invest with leverage, then you may want to look at leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs), which offer the benefits of leverage without having to actually leverage your money...

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  • Financial ETFs to Watch as SEC's Investigation Continues

    04-19-2010 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    On Friday, Goldman Sachs lost $10 billion in market value as investors responded to news of a civil lawsuit brought on by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC), and other banks were dragged, too. With all this volatility in financials, now may be a good time to do some homew...

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  • Direxion Takes Triple Leveraged ETFs International

    03-31-2010 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Direxion is taking its popular triple-leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) overseas, cross-listing them on the Amsterdam market of NYSE Euronext. Direxion's move to cross-list six of their most popular, highly liquid ETFs across the pond is seen by the fund provider as a co...

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  • The Fight Over Leveraged and Inverse ETFs: Enough Already

    10-14-2009 11:15 AM by Tom Lydon

    Leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs) continue to be the subject of srutiny. When will it end? This summer, both FINRA and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) weighed in with their thoughts on these controversial funds and ultimately declared that investo...

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  • How ETF Trading Volume Shines a Light on Trends

    08-21-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are a useful tool for investing and investors agree. Over the past couple of years trading volumes in the various ETFs have shot up. Let's take a look at which ETFs investors crave the most. ETF trading volume jumped from $142 billion in 2004 to $3...

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  • How Compounding Impacts Leveraged and Short ETFs

    04-17-2009 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Over the past few weeks, the financial sector has made a run, but the levered versions of this sector and its exchange traded funds (ETFs) have truly defined the affects of compounding. Since March 9, the Russell 1000 Financial Services Index has gained nearly 62% on positive...

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  • Direxion's New ETFs Will Be a Strategy of a Different Color

    03-28-2009 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Direxion Funds is on a roll, after a successful year with their triple-leveraged and inverse exchange traded funds (ETFs), word is that they have filed to launch 40 new funds with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).For these new funds, the provider is adding a twist to...

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  • What's So Appealing About Leveraged ETFs?

    03-05-2009 11:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    Despite the warnings of their inherent risk, leveraged exchange traded funds (ETFs) have become a popular investment tool with financial advisors, hedge funds and intrepid retail investors. In fact, there are 106 such funds that are holding around $46 billion in assets and tr...

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  • 17 ETFs In the Billion Dollar Club

    03-03-2009 02:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    One of the defining attributes of exchange traded funds (ETFs) is their high liquidity, but which of them are among the most liquid of all? Investors have a cornucopia of ETFs to choose from with 843 exchange-traded products currently available, writes Ron Rowland for Seeking ...

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  • 6 New Ways to Triple Your Exposure With ETFs

    12-18-2008 01:00 PM by Tom Lydon

    Direxion Shares exchange traded funds (ETFs) area new toolofferingforward thinking investorsinnovative options and market exposure, and they've just expanded their family a little more. The first-of-its-kind ETF provider has added six more funds to its family, and they now offer...

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  • Triple Leverage ETFs Maximize Market Directions

    11-05-2008 06:00 AM by Tom Lydon

    If you need or want more leverage in your exchange traded funds (ETFs), today you're going to have the choice. Direxion has launched eight ETFs that are leveraged bull and bear funds designed to seek 300% of the daily performance, or 300% of the inverse of the daily performanc...

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