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Why Some ETFs Led the Markets Down Last Week


Of all the scary things that happened last Monday when the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 1,000 points, nothing was scarier than what happened with exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

They crashed and exacerbated the market sell-off. They're not all a bad risk, and there are some we like to recommend that are quite safe - even essential - during a market reversal.

Investors need to understand exactly what it is they're holding. But this opens a can of worms Wall Street would rather leave shut tight, because there's a danger to investors from some of these.

Here's the truth...

Buy This Small-Cap ETF for Market-Beating Gains in 2015


Small-cap stocks are handily outperforming the larger markets year to date.

The trend is expected to continue as sustained strength in the U.S. dollar weighs on multinationals.

Buy this small-cap ETF to profit from fast moving tech stocks...

Is the SPDR Technology ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK) a Good Investment?

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Many Wall Street predictions show tepid returns across all markets for the rest of 2015, so we're recommending a tech investment for the rest of the year.

The play is the SPDR Technology ETF (NYSE Arca: XLK). It's a great stock to buy because it offers a profit play on the entire tech sector.

Here's why we're so bullish on this tech ETF now...

Invest in Today's Best Large-Cap Stocks with This ETF

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Large cap stocks tend to be stable, dividend-paying companies, large enough to handle stock market shocks.

Keep reading to find out how to get a basket of the best large-cap stocks via one exchange-traded fund (ETF)...

Buy This Top Technology ETF to Profit from Semiconductor M&A

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One of the best-performing subsectors in tech can be played with this technology ETF.

Additional gains are expected in this industry in 2015, thanks to growth prospects and M&A activity.

Keep reading for the best tech ETF to buy to play the industry's growth and M&A wave.

This Merger of Top Pharmaceutical Companies Is a Major Profit Opportunity

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Two top pharmaceutical companies announced a merger this morning, continuing 2015's massive run of M&A activity.

Botox maker Allergan Plc. (NYSE: AGN) announced today that it will purchase Kythera Biopharmaceuticals Inc. (Nasdaq: KYTH) for $2.1 billion. That values KYTH shares at $75 each - 24% higher than Tuesday's closing price.

The move highlights one of our favorite profit plays of 2015. It's up 16.7% already and has plenty of room to run...

What Is a Preferred Stock ETF?

In the ongoing hunt for yield, many investors have turned to a preferred stock ETF (exchange-traded fund).

To understand these ETFs, it's necessary to understand preferred stocks.

Here's what you need to know - plus three ETF picks...

The Best Nasdaq ETF to Buy Today

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It's a good idea for investors to have a solid Nasdaq ETF (exchange-traded fund) as a core holding. For one reason, the Nasdaq Composite Index is having quite a year.

Our favorite Nasdaq ETF is up nearly 7% this year - and the Dow is down so far.

Continue reading to get this ETF in your portfolio today...

A High-Dividend ETF Lets You Invest in Today's Top-Yielding Stocks

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A high-dividend ETF is an exchange-traded fund that lets investors own a handful of dividend stocks with good yields.

"Good" yields are about 2.5% or higher.

You can get three high-dividend ETFs right here - yields as high as 6.3%...

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?

GDX stock

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).

Buy This Commodity ETF Before Prices Rise

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Commodities have been in a downtrend since 2011. All commodities are priced in U.S. dollars, and a strong dollar has acted as a headwind.

But signs right now point to a possible bottom and reversal in commodities.

Here's a look at where commodities prices are headed, plus a commodities ETF to buy to profit from the sector's rebound...

This Pharmaceutical Industry Investment Plays a $166 Billion Trend

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The pharmaceutical industry saw record-setting M&A activity in the first quarter of 2015.

According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, the "life sciences" field had 35 deals in Q1 2015. Those deals totaled $166.3 billion. That's more money than was spent during the entire year in 2014, when $150.1 billion was spent. In Q1 2014, just $46.5 billion was spent.

Money Morning's Defense and Tech Specialist Michael Robinson has been recommending a way to profit from the M&A boom throughout 2015.

His pick has already climbed 12% in 2015, compared to just 2% for the Dow Jones. Here's why it will continue bringing profits in 2015...

The Difference Between ETFs and Mutual Funds

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Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and mutual funds are alike in that both offer diversification and professional management. Otherwise, the two investment vehicles differ greatly.

Key differences include how these funds are bought and sold, as well as pricing, transaction costs, and much more.

Here's a closer look at the difference between ETFs and mutual funds so you can identify the best investment for your particular goals...

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