What Is the Difference Between an Index Fund and an ETF?

Exchange traded funds have become popular among investors but how do they differ from crowd-pleasing index funds?Index funds and ETFs offer a diversified pool of assets, giving investors access to stocks and bonds and potentially other markets. In both an index fund and an ETF, the investor has a straightforward strategy that tracks the breadth of the market by buying shares […]

The contrarian in you has to be intrigued by this trend in the stock

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Veteran stock market strategist Richard Bernstein continues to be bullish on US stocks.While the S&P 500 has more than tripled since its lows in March 2009, investor sentiment shows little sign of mania.”The US bull market is more than six years old, but investors haven’t yet embraced it,” Bernstein writes. “Recent mutual fund flow data continue to show that […]

The stock market is disappearing – Business Insider

flickr via bartolomeo perrottaThe stock market is disappearing. In an afternoon email to clients, Rich Barry at the NYSE wrote:Buyback factoid: ~20% of S&P 500 companies have reduced their share count by at least 4% year-over-year in each of the last five quarters(!!), and that appears to be continuing into Q2. As of [Tuesday] night, 92 companies in the S&P have reported […]

Bank of America Warren Buffett's favorite stock market indicator …

Bill Pugliano/GettyWarren BuffettThe Oracle of Omaha is facing some opposition.In a note to clients on Monday, Bank of America Merrill Lynch’s Savita Subramanian wrote that Warren Buffett’s favorite metric of long-term value “may have limited utility.”The market cap to GDP ratio, which once characterized as the “single best measure” of value, is used to determine whether the stock market is […]

Actresses Fan Bingbing, Vickie Zhao lose millions amid stock market …

China’s mightiest have taken a hard hit amid the recent stock market mayhem, including celebrities Vickie Zhao, Zhang Ziyi and Fan Bingbing, who lost billions in profits.Our favorite empress Fan Bingbing, who made a profit of 200 million RMB from her investment in Shenzhen-listed Talent Television Film earlier this year, had120 million RMB shaved off her portfolio, while Grandmasters actress […]

Here's how a stock market sounds when the bubble bursts …

BloombergFew people believe the U.S. market is in a bubble. After all, we’ve made all-time highs, numerous analysts have appeared on TV stating the bull market is just getting started, and according to sentiment indicators, complacency is at historic levels. Unfortunately, many investors believe the Fed will save the market, and that every dip is a buying opportunity.When almost no […]

There is a growing disconnect in the stock market

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There’s a huge disconnect in the US stock market right now.A new Bank of America Merrill Lynch survey published Friday finds that US investors have pulled $79B out of equities year to date — including net outflows in 9 of the past 10 weeks — despite stock prices continuing to break new record highs.On Thursday, the Nasdaq closed at its […]

Here's how Warren Buffett sees the stock market

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The Nasdaq is back at all-time highs. After closing at 5,048 back in March 2000, the Nasdaq took more than 15 years to close above that level, closing at 5,056 on Thursday to make a new record closing high. During the day on Thursday, the S&P 500 also breached an intraday record high. And while it’s been a long road for […]

Something scary happened in the stock market … – Business Insider

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Apr. 1, 2015, 5:03 AM

FinVizLate Tuesday in the US, the bottom fell out of US stock market futures contracts.S&P 500 futures were down by as much as 1.3% at about 9 p.m. ET. These particular futures contracts are among the most widely traded securities in the world.It’s also worth noting that this isn’t like Twitter or some other single […]

Biotech stocks offer risks, payoffs – Sun, 11 Jan 2015 PST

You might want to invest in biotechnology, but be careful. It’s not an easy industry to master, and while some companies eventually skyrocket, many others flame out.One simple way to invest in biotech is the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF (Nasdaq: IBB), which is a fund of roughly 150 stocks that has grown by an annual average of almost 15 percent […]