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Tech ETFs to Avoid as Amazon Tanks – and Two to Buy Instead

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Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) stock has had a dismal 2014, down 24.1%. Now, AMZN isn't just hurting shareholders, it's also weighing heavily on some tech ETFs.

While AMZN has been falling all year, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is up 4.7%. The Nasdaq and S&P 500 are up 10.8% and 8.9% in 2014.

As AMZN continues its 2014 slide, investors can avoid the tech ETFs that invest heavily in the e-commerce giant. In fact, there's a competitor to Amazon that's boosting tech ETFs now.

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Best Investments 2014: Time to Profit from $1.6 Trillion in Spin-Offs

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Some the best investments for market-beating gains are corporate spin-offs.

In fact, research from a Lehman Bros. study found that spin-off companies beat the market by 40% on average in their first two years. A Penn State University study shows an average three-year return of 76% for spin-offs. That tops the market by 31%.

Money Morning's Tech Specialist Michael Robinson has spent decades analyzing tech stocks, and to him, spin-off companies are "easy money."

Here's the best way to play the market...

(Other) Investors Will Hate You for Using This Investment Strategy

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In the past couple of weeks, we've been seeing record highs in the markets nearly every day.

However, we saw a pretty scary headline earlier this week about the Nasdaq Composite Index.

On Monday, Bloomberg reported that nearly half of the stocks in the tech-centric Nasdaq have declined 20% from their highs of the past 12 months - putting them in "bear territory."

Now this decline is mostly in small caps, which I don't cover in Strategic Tech Investor.

However, Nasdaq small caps are not the only place we're seeing jitters in the overall market.

Even with interest rates so low and the economy steadily improving, many nervous investors - worried about a correction - are selling off.

Whenever there's this sort of negative noise in the air, I tell you it's not a time to sell - but a profit opportunity for tech investors.

So, today I want to share with you three strategies designed to turn market declines to your financial advantage.

With them, you'll leave the nervous sellers in the dust...

If You Own Only One Investment, Make Sure This Is It

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For a change of pace today I wanted to tell you a personal story.

Twenty years ago, when I was working as a business reporter in upstate New York and covering Eastman Kodak Co. for Gannett Newspapers, I decided it was time to start saving for a house.

So I concocted a plan.

I wasn't exactly getting rich as a journalist, but I was doing okay. Even so, I knew I'd need an actual plan that I could commit to if I really was going to amass the needed down payment.

My plan was simple. In the years that followed, every time my bosses gave me a raise, I started a new mutual fund.

By the time I got a job at The Baltimore Sun in 1998 - and Robin and I moved to Maryland - I had more than $25,000 set aside from this plan and some other money I'd saved. And we could start looking for our first house.

I also learned a valuable lesson: A little discipline can take you a long way.

I was thinking about this the other day when Radical Technology Profits Editor Michael Robinson and I were talking about the "one investment you should never sell."

It's a perfect investment for house down payments, college funds, retirement, a vacation house, a boat, or the cruise of a lifetime - in short, the kind of big-ticket purchases that come along a couple times during a lifetime.

Let's take a look...

The Best Investments for Riding the Tech Stock Rally: XSD, FDN, FPX

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Just weeks ago, the media was still talking about an alleged tech correction. But the Nasdaq has gained some 6.5% so far this year - and tech stocks will continue climbing for the rest of this year.

Here are three ETFs for the tech subsectors I predict will do particularly well in this rally, so you can play the entire subsector with a single investment.

So get ready to profit – it’s as easy as XSD, FDN, and FPX...

Why SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE Arca: GLD) Belongs in Your Portfolio

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Gold's late May decline to its lowest levels in four months could mean now is the time to buy shares in SPDR Gold Trust ETF (NYSE Arca: GLD). GLD is down more than 8% since mid-March to a discounted price of $120.65 a share.

That makes the ETF, whose shares have been sought by the likes of world-renowned hedge fund managers, a value buy right now.

Here’s how SPDR Gold Trust ETF operates – and how it fits into your portfolio today...

How the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX) Can Work for Your Portfolio

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Gold mining stocks were hammered over the last two years. But the top gold mining investments, like Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE Arca: GDX), are poised for a comeback.

Here's why...

With Toyota Gone, California's Loss Is Our Gain

It's almost impossible to overstate the significance California has played in making Toyota a U.S. success.

The Japanese firm set up its headquarters in Hollywood back in 1957. It used its surging popularity in this car-crazy, trendsetting state to become not just a major American nameplate but a dominant global brand.

No wonder California leaders were so shocked when they recently learned that Toyota is pulling up stakes in the Golden State. Toyota now plans to build a new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas, taking 3,000 jobs with it.

This surprise decision sparked an intense political debate here in California in which critics accuse the state's leaders of pursuing a political agenda that is clearly anti-business.

That may very well be true, but behind the scenes there is a much larger dynamic taking place - the rise of a truly global marketplace.

And it's giving us a beautiful, long-term, market-crushing opportunity... Full Story

Why Gold Mutual Funds Are Attractive Investments

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Gold mutual funds are gaining attention as a safe-haven investment to hedge against the market volatility 2014 has brought so far.

These types of investments are managed by professionals who analyze and monitor the movement of gold and invest accordingly in bullions and equities.

Here we examine one method for how to invest in gold, using gold mutual funds.

Plus we’ve highlighted a few to get you started today…

New Gold ETF OUNZ Offers Something Different to Investors

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A new gold ETF, Merk Gold Trust ETV (NYSE ARCA: OUNZ), was launched on May 16, 2014. It seeks to corner an often-neglected part of the investment market: goldbugs who like to hold onto tangible gold.

Here’s how this new gold ETF works...

A List of Gold ETFs to Diversify Your Portfolio

Gold prices have been stuck in a tight trading range for weeks, struggling to consistently trade above the key $1,300 an ounce level.

As the yellow metal pushes to climb past the mark, our list of gold ETFs provide options to investors who want to diversify their portfolio, but still target the gold sector.

Here's a list of all of the gold ETFs you'll need...

Stake Your Claim to $70 Billion of Global Growth

Emerging markets frequently promise better returns than their domestic counterparts.

Still, they come with a special set of (manageable) risks that we don't always find at home.

A profound reaction to the Fed's tapering, higher-than-comfortable inflation, current account deficits, and outright political instability have all made for a volatile 2014 in the emerging markets.

It's easy to see why. Investors are worried about how they'll be impacted by the tapering of the Federal Reserve's bond purchases. And now Brazil, India, Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, and South Africa are now experiencing inflation of 6% to 7%.

Those same countries are facing current account deficits of between 4% and 7%, which places downward pressure on their currencies and upward pressure on inflation and interest rates.

And political volatility in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, and elsewhere are contributing to uncertainty that's reflected in market performance.

But the truth is, for investors who know what they're holding, these emerging markets still hold outsize profit potential.

And taking your share of this growth has never been easier, thanks to these special securities...

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Three ETF Investing Picks to Make Your Portfolio Pop Today

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Even after U.S. investors poured record-breaking levels of cash into ETFs in 2013, ETF investing is still more popular than ever.

In March, assets of ETFs (exchange-traded funds) and ETPs (exchange-traded products) in the United States reached a new record high of $1.73 trillion. In the first quarter of 2014 alone, ETFs/ETPs in the U.S. gathered net inflows of $15 billion, with 1,568 ETFs/ETPs listed from 57 providers on three exchanges.

Because of the wealth of advantages that ETFs provide, our experts recently offered insight into three different options for ETF investing – and each pick has unique upside given current economic conditions.

Invest in the 2014 IPO Market with These 2 IPO ETFs

The IPO market in 2014 has been crowded, and IPO ETFs are among the best way for investors to get in on the action.

So far, 35 companies have hosted initial public offerings through the first three weeks of February. That's up 75% from the same period in 2013.

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The Top Emerging Market ETFs of 2014

Investors have been running from emerging markets in 2014, but two emerging market ETFs have pulled in double-digit gains this year.

More than $7 billion has been withdrawn from emerging market exchange-traded funds in 2014. As a result, funds like the iShares MSCI Brazil Capped Index Fund (NYSE: EWZ) and Global X FTSE Argentina 20 ETF (NYSE: ARGT) have dropped 10.3% and 9.4%, respectively.

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