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TradeKing Review: A Discount Broker with Loads of Features

Looking for a cheap broker with excellent service? Check out TradeKing. It is an online discount broker which charges a flat $4.95 commission for every stock trade. Also, TradeKing has been ranked No. 1 Online Discount Broker by SmartMoney Magazine for two consecutive years in 2006 to 2007. I have wanted to write a review […]

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Bank Dividend Yield Revisited

Last November, shortly after the Dow peaked at 14,280 points, I had a post on dividend yields of the largest banks in the country. At that time, I thought that, with many bank stocks yielding 6.0% or more, buying banks make some sense if the banks can keep their dividend payouts. That was then and […]

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International ETFs Suffer as US Stocks Plunge

International ETFs, especially emerging market ETFs, have been generous to investors in the past couple of years (remember the good “old” days of high-flying Chinese stocks?). However, things turned a little bit sour since the financial crisis triggered by subprime mortgage in the summer of 2007. On surface, the trouble here in this country seems […]

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ShareBuilder Starts to Offer ING Funds

ShareBuilder continues to make changes after being acquired by ING. ShareBuilder today announced that it now allows investors to buy mutual funds through it’s automatic investment plans. ShareBuilder is one of the popular discount brokers which offers investors to buy stocks at dollar amount rather than share amount at $4.00 commission. The new service makes […]

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The Worst “Timing” Ever

I have been using automatic purchases plans to buy most of my mutual funds for years. The date that I chose for making the monthly purchase is the 5th of the month. The reasons for selecting this date are: I don’t want to buy funds at the end of the month because that’s the time […]

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Vanguard to Split Three ETFs

I often heard of stock splits, but this is the first time I learned splits of shares of exchanged-traded funds (anybody else has done that already?). Of course, since ETFs are traded just like stocks, the split shouldn’t be a surprise at all. Mutual fund giant Vanguard, which is also becoming a major player in […]

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State Street Launched Global Real Estate ETF (RWO)

Investing in global real estate just got a little easier. Early last month, State Street Global Advisors launched yet another global real estate ETF. The SPDR DJ Wilshire Global Real Estate ETF (RWO) is the third REIT exchange-traded fund introduced by SSgA (the other two are DJ Wilshire REIT ETF (RWR) and DJ Wilshire REIT […]

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Google Followed Yahoo in Offering Real-Time Stock Quotes

Not that it’s significant, but in case you haven’t noticed, Google Finance starts to offer real-time stock quotes for securities listed on the NASDAQ. What it means is that from now on, when you type in a ticker symbol in your Google toolbar, the quote you see will be real time, no more 20 minutes […]

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