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ETF Black Magic: What's Really in the Hat?


The first ETF debuted back in 1993. ETFs have displaced regular mutual funds as the investment of choice: The amount of money ETFs hold has skyrocketed more than 2,000% - compared with a paltry 120% for regular funds.

ETFs trade all day like stocks - making them "better" than mutual funds. ETFs are modern-day magical trading tools.

But if you know anything about magic, you know there are times where the trick goes awry...

Four Black Monday Takeaways Wall Street Hopes ETF Investors Never Understand


Exchange-traded funds - ETFs for short - are billed as among the most investor-friendly products ever created, thanks to low fees, intraday pricing, and unprecedented flexibility versus the mutual funds they've ostensibly "replaced."

But unless you understand these four truths, they're just another way for Wall Street to separate ETF investors from their money...

Ambarella (Nasdaq: AMBA) Stock Back Up After Panic Sell-Off; PRTA, NVAX Double in 2015

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Last month we urged that investors not sour on Ambarella Inc. (Nasdaq: AMBA) stock, the company behind the GoPro Inc. (Nasdaq: GPRO) camera chip.

And if you took that opportunity to buy the dips and not sell the panic, you'd be up big. Since falling 25% in late June, the week that noted short seller firm Citron Research published a vicious short report, AMBA stock has recovered 15.5%. It's up 114% this year.

But Ambarella stock isn't the only 2015 top stock to invest in that's more than doubled on the year...

A Technology ETF List for Investors Today

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Choosing the right exchange-traded fund for you means searching through a long ETF list of candidates - which is why we cut down the list to three solid picks for you today.

It's a great time to make a pick from this technology ETF list. The Nasdaq is up 6.2% in 2015, which the Dow is up only about 1.3%.

Here are the three tech ETFs we like today...

Is GDX Stock a Buy?

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Many gold-mining stocks have enjoyed healthy year-to-date gains. GDX stock - also known as the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX) is up 5.4% in 2015, compared to the Dow's 1.3% gain.

Driving gold miners' advances this year are the same drivers of the precious metal. They include Middle East tensions, devalued currencies, loose global central bank monetary policies, and hopes of a later-rather-than-sooner interest rate hike from the U.S. Federal Reserve.

So will GDX stock keep rising? Here's a look...

This New Junior Gold Miners ETF Will Outpace Its Competitors

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A new gold miners ETF launched by Sprott Asset Management focuses on junior miners - and it's garnering considerable attention.

This new gold miners ETF is perfect for precious metals investors. Selective stock picking is more relevant than ever in this space, as the cyclical bear has pummeled precious metals.

This deliberate approach to designing the new Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF is likely to make it a clear cut above its competition.

Here's a look at the APLS ETF Trust Sprott Junior Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: SGDJ).

What Is an ETF? Six Benefits plus Three to Buy Now

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What is an ETF? The short answer is that it's a security that trades like a stock, has the diversification of a fund, and is tax-friendly.

The first ETF debuted in January 1993 when the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust was launched. Since then, ETFs have increased in popularity. Today, there are more than 1,600 ETFs, with an ETF for nearly every sector and investment strategy.

Here's what makes ETFs so popular - plus three great ETFs to buy now...

Why This Popular Crude Oil ETF Is Not the Best Way to Play the Rebound

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Oil prices are on the rise to end March. On March 26 WTI oil hit a high of $52.46. That's a 19% climb from the lows it hit just two weeks ago.

And as the price of oil rises, shares of the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE: USO) are climbing too. The crude oil ETF is up 9% since March 18.

You see, investors are flooding into this oil ETF as a way to play rebounding oil prices.

But for long-term investors, buying shares of this crude oil ETF is not a good strategy for playing oil's rebound. And there is one big reason why...

A Major Solar ETF "Buy" Signal Is Here

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The potential of solar power has been touted for years, yet it has always come with major limitations. The costs of producing solar power have outweighed the benefits for many power companies.

But that's changing. Solar power has reached a tipping point, and it's creating a massive profit opportunity for one solar ETF.

"Despite the odds, alternative energy - led by solar power - is rapidly approaching what the industry has always considered to be the "Holy Grail,'" Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors said.

The Best MLP ETF to Buy Right Now

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Explosive growth in oil production has provided master limited partnership (MLP) investors a wave of new opportunities - and an MLP ETF is the best way to tap the sector's best opportunities.

The low price landscape is being reshaped by a wave of M&A activity.

Here's one MLP ETF that will benefit from the industry's changes...

The Best Small-Cap ETF to Buy Now

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Small-cap stocks are soaring above the broader market right now, and you can capture those gains now with a small-cap ETF (exchange-traded fund).

Over the last five months, the Russell 2000 has gained 20%. In the same time, the Dow has gained just 9.6%. The S&P 500 is up 10.5% in that time.

And the hot streak isn't over for small-cap stocks, according to Money Morning's Small-Cap Investing Specialist Sid Riggs.

One REIT ETF to Buy Today

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REITs are companies that own or finance income-producing real estate properties. And they've been tearing up the market lately.

An REIT ETF is the best way to own a basket of these soaring securities.

Here's a look at one REIT ETF growing faster than the Dow and S&P combined...

The Only ETF List You Need to Make Money

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This ETF list is considered a stock market delicacy - it's comprised of the most promising, profitable exchange-traded funds.

From biotech to cryptocurrency to healthcare M&As, ETFs are one of the best low-cost ways profit from this year's top trends.

Here are seven of the best ETF investments you can make today...

The Only Natural Gas ETF to Own as Prices Rebound

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Natural gas prices have dipped in 2015. They're trading at $2.71 per million BTUs as of March 3, for a drop of more than 22% from their December price of $3.50 per million BTUs.

But Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says prices are headed higher in 2015.

That's why we're recommending a natural gas ETF today. It tracks natural gas futures, which gives it a double-digit profit potential when prices are climbing. Now that prices are low, it's the perfect time to buy.

But this double-digit profit opportunity won't last forever. Moors says we're about to see three "super shifts" in the natural gas industry that will push prices higher through 2015...

How to Invest in the Best Minds in Silicon Valley in Just One Move

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A quiet revolution is sweeping the top ranks of tech's biggest companies. In the past three years, 10 top global tech companies have announced new CEOs.

Today I'm going to show you how to invest in the 11 members (Oracle takes up two slots) of this New Guard for a price well below what many of these stocks cost.

This investment has already thrashed the overall market by 46.5% so far this year...

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