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Battle of the Tech ETFs: TECL vs. XLK

Question from our mailbag: Which technology ETF is the better choice – TECL or XLK? – Victor in Kansas

It’s not surprising to see a high level of interest in the tech sector. Whether its the promise of cloud computing (NYSEARCA:SKYY), clean energy transportation (NYSEARCA:LIT), or improved cyber-security (NYSEARCA:HACK),

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Is Sector Performance Following History?

It’s been said the more things change, the more they stay the same. And right now, the performance of stock market industry sectors is behaving right in line with that view.

During the first quarter, the total U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:VTI) rose almost 6% in value. Driving the stock market’s strong start has been bullish momentum in ETFs tied to sectors like consumer discretionary (NYSEARCA:XLY),

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Should You Make Portfolio Decisions Based Upon Historical Correlations?

Market correlations explain to us the similarity in performance and behavior by different types of assets.

For investors,  correlation comparisons might be between two commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC), two stocks, a stock and a commodity, or even a stock and an index. Should correlations be used to make investment decisions?

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Cyber Security: An Emerging Sector within Technology

The highly publicized cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014 is the type of greatly feared computerized catastrophe that all individuals and institutions face.

Although a personal cyber attack can be overwhelming, attacks at the corporate or government level can have dire consequences. In addition to financial losses,

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Are Oil and Energy Stocks Cheap?

Crude oil prices (NYSEARCA:USO) have crashed 50% over the past 9-months and energy stocks (NYSEARCA:XLE) were the only S&P 500 sector to post a loss in 2014.

The bear market in energy commodities (NYSEARCA:JJE) has prompted certain Wall Street analysts to argue that energy and oil stocks (NYSEARCA:XOP) represent a good value.

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