Should You Consolidate Your Student Loan Debt?

I ended up losing my truck and then they sold it and I was still left with most of the payment, could not get to work, etc. I should have sued them. Then they pulled it on me again when I did some more field work for them, took them 3 months next time. I am so used to a mess happening that it has worn me out. And I am someone that checks to make sure the “i” is dotted and the “t” crossed.
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The Hard Truth About Defaulting On Student Loans

Now all of the federal student loans are direct loans from the federal government. So if there’s a bank name on it, if there’s a Sallie Mae name on it, then you know that is a private student loan and you want to be extra careful. It is much better to finance your education without taking those loans. But it’s fine to take federal student loans. HEADLEE: OK, so for the people that were already grandfathered in, they’re kind of out of luck.
Source: http://www.npr.org/2014/01/21/264526781/the-hard-truth-about-defaulting-on-student-loans

Student loan repayment troubles? Don’t delay

Also, if you happen to consolidate during times of falling interest rates, you may actually get locked into a higher interest compared to one you could secure down the road. Once you lock in that consolidation loan rate, there’s not much you can do to change it even if interest rates are falling all around you. A final consideration to make when deciding whether or not to consolidate: Do your individual loans have extra perks? For instance, some lenders will reduce your interest rate if you pay on time, and other loans particularly PLUS loans offer flexible repayment options you can’t get with a consolidation loan. Which is Right for You?
Source: http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/my-money/2014/01/24/should-you-consolidate-your-student-loan-debt

There’s a Better Way to Securitize Student Loans

One of the most common complaints I hear from students goes something like this: I took out a government-backed loan [FFEL or Direct], ran into trouble, contacted my loan servicer and got a six-month forbearance. What they didnt tell me was that the interest rate clock would keep on ticking or that I was eligible for one of the government-relief programs that would have been better for me in the long run. The students are referring to the U.S. Department of Educations Pay As You Earn and Income-Based Repayment plans, and Public Service Loan Forgiveness program. Its hard to believe that this oversight was go here unintentional. Thats because the investors rate of return on a financial transaction of this type hinges on three variables: principal (loan balance), payment amount (monthly remittance) and term (duration).
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/better-way-securitize-student-loans-123021851.html

Student Loan Debt’s Identity Crisis

Now that they are garnishing your pay, your options are more limited. Look up the rules for garnishment in your state and make sure they are not taking more than the limit allowed by state law. You can ask the court to adjust the amount if it is causing you financial hardship. If that won’t work, I suggest you find a way to increase your income, either by taking on a second job or reducing your living expenses, perhaps by moving in with a friend or relative until the loan is paid off. Good luck! See related: Steps to contest, end wage garnishment , Why not leave country and bail on student loans?
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I’m Frugal But My Student Loans Are Too Expensive

In an ED-sponsored event dubbed “Datapalooza” held on January 15 in Washington, D.C., the Department promised to share data “responsibly” with guidance counselors to identify students who have started filling out their FAFSAs with a view toward helping them finish the complex form. It is not clear what data would be disclosed. Related Articles The Department of Education Set to Consider Changes to Parent PLUS Loans The plan is wrapped into the Obama administration’s goal to make college more affordable and tries to attack a nagging problem: the low FAFSA completion rate for disadvantaged college applicants. ED is considering the development of a FAFSA application program interface (API) that would, in a yet-to-be-specified way, help users deal with this document which is only available at FAFSA.gov and the ED Website. It’s also an opportunity for software developers and others in the IT space to get a piece of some vendor action.
Source: http://www.mainstreet.com/article/moneyinvesting/education-planning/student-loan-debts-identity-crisis


Stock Market Today: Coach’s Weak Holiday And United Technology’s Spiking Profits

The stock market in 2014: up, but volatile

Results were helped along by a boost in Abbott’s diagnostics business, which grew by 9% in the quarter. Abbott also issued earnings guidance for 2014, saying that it expects to book profit of $2.21 a share, exactly what analysts had targeted. The company boosted its share repurchase plans as well, to $2 billion for the year. The stock is up 1.2% in premarket trading. Start 2014 off right Abbott has been a good stock lately, up 20% in the last year.
Source: http://www.fool.com/investing/general/2014/01/22/stock-market-today-coachs-weak-holiday-and-united.aspx

Vietnam’s Stock Surge Encourages IPOs


Should investors in the stock market root against Peyton Manning in the Super Bowl ? Its completely random and, in the words of one analyst, totally irrelevant, yet the Super Bowl indicator has been right about the direction of the market more often than not. The Super Bowl predictor holds that the Standard & Poors 500 will rise for the year if an NFC team (or an AFC team that started in the NFC) wins the big game. Thus, bulls theoretically should root for the Seattle Seahawks over the feel-good story of Manning and the Denver Broncos .
Source: http://www.latimes.com/business/money/la-fi-mo-stock-market-super-bowl-peyton-manning-20140120,0,4779258.story

Robert Shiller: I’m still investing in the stock market

22, 2014 11:57 a.m. ET Investors are warming to Vietnamese stocks, wagering on accelerating growth in an often overlooked economy. Rising share prices are encouraging the government, which owns many companies ranging from the country’s flagship airline to its largest brewery, to privatize by selling shares in Vietnam’s capital markets. Officials recently have signaled that they are proceeding with privatization plans, which has bolstered investors’…
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Will the stock market drop if Peyton Manning wins the Super Bowl?

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When financial historians analyze investor returns subsequent to the 2008 market upheaval, I think what will really stand out is how significantly the returns achieved by those who looked past the headlines outpaced the returns of people who didn’t. Paralyzed by fear, the latter kept a disproportional amount of cash in the bank or invested in very low-yielding bonds and failed to participate in the market rally which had begun in 2009 and kicked into hyper-drive in 2013. I say probably not. Though I don’t believe 2014 will deliver equally huge returns, I continue to be optimistic WHAT STOCK TO INVEST not only for the reasons I have already stated but also other positive developments: The emergence of both the euro zone (a quarter of the world’s economy) and Japan (the world’s third-largest economy) from protracted recessions will continue to have positive effects for markets around the world. Now that a budget deal has been reached, market-spooking rumors are unlikely to emanate from Washington.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101351094

Is the stock market getting too overheated?

In fact, even though the unemployment rate is 7 percent, the real jobless rate is probably in the range of 12 to 15 percent, and the labor participation rate is at historic lows. Oil and gas prices are steady and trending downward. That said, if the economy heats up more than the current trend line, energy prices will follow suit. The REIT market (real estate investment trusts) got hit in 2013, breaking a long-term winning streak, but in our estimation such an asset class should remain part of most portfolios because of the likelihood of increased real estate rents or lease prices, offsetting some of the interest rate risk inherent with such instruments. In terms of market and industry sector weightings, in very general terms, an improving economy should result in outperformance in such sectors as industrial and capital goods (manufacturing picking up), technology (companies replenishing aging equipment) and consumer discretionary (the consumer feeling more willing to spend in an improving economy).
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The firm’s strategists called the S&P 500 valuation “lofty by almost any measure” and attached a 67 percent probability to the chance that the market would fall by 10 percent or more. (Read More: Housing market could be facing another bubble: Shiller ) In December, Shiller, who co-founded the Case-Shiller index of home prices, shared an equally bearish view on the U.S. housing market. He told CNBC that the market could be in the early stages of yet another bubble. “In the housing market, it has its own momentum right now as people see it coming back.
Source: http://www.cnbc.com/id/101353571


Spdr S&p 500 Etf Trust(nysearca:spy) Bullish

Heading the list for SPY related ETFs was David Kotok managed Cumberland Advisors. Kotok believes that his line up of ETFs will continue to be good performers into 2014 as well. SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust(NYSEARCA:SPY) is the benchmark this investor looks to keep and shares that the selection of funds into this year is largely based on the holding weightage the company holds when the dynamics of the ETF are subject to changes. However, he was quick blog url to note that these were the core positions as of current variable and would take a situation based call, whenever required.
Source: http://www.financialstrend.com/spdr-sp-500-etf-trustnysearcaspy-bullish-12599.html

This ETF Holds Stocks Insiders Want to Own

The ETF holds a total of $4,982,237 worth of ETP, making it the #26 largest holding. The table below details the recent insider buying activity observed at ETP: ETP last trade: $53.28 Recent Insider Buys: Purchased $53.95 $4,316.00 Special Offer: Find out what Dave Moenning is holding in the ETF Channel Flexible Growth Investment Portfolio with a special 20% off coupon from Forbes and 30 Days Free. And Martin Midstream Partners LP ( NASD: MMLP ), the #49 largest holding among components of the Multi-Asset Diversified Income Index Fund ( NASD: MDIV ), shows 6 directors and officers as recently filing Form 4s indicating purchases. The ETF holds $3,808,736 worth of MMLP, which represents approximately 0.72% of the ETFs total assets at last check. The recent insider buying activity observed at MMLP is detailed in the table below: MMLP last trade: $43.18 Recent Insider Buys: Purchased
Source: http://www.forbes.com/sites/etfchannel/2014/01/16/this-etf-holds-stocks-insiders-want-to-own-58/

Another Look at ETF Industry Growth

That marked the second consecutive year ETF asset growth topped $200 billion. Flows to U.S. ETFs and ETNs dominated at a combined $190.5 billion, according to BlackRock ( BLK ), the worlds largest asset manager. [ Record ETF Inflows in 2013 ] In 2013 the US ETF market grew in total assets, doing so through nearly $200 billion in net inflows, and also market appreciation, which amounted to growth of more than 20% compared to 2012 AUM levels. When the dust settled on 2013, total assets in US-listed ETFs stood at $1.7 trillion, nearly $300 billion above 2012 levels, according to Dorsey Wright & Associates . There are now over 1,500 ETFs and exchange traded notes (ETNs) listed in the U.S.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/another-look-etf-industry-growth-143005413.html

Winkelvoss Bitcoin ETF Concept Inches Along

dollar, therefore rendering it ineffective as a hedging tool. Greebel said the ETF should help the development of a large, institutional exchange for bitcoin to complement the offerings that currently exist from retail-focused platforms, according to the Journal. He did tell the Journal when the ETF could be approved or debut for public consumption. Bitcoin and the ETF concept got something of a lift in November when representatives from the Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission told the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security that the currency is indeed a legitimate financial tool. [Bitcoin Moves to Legitimacy; ETF to Follow] ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/winkelvoss-bitcoin-etf-concept-inches-130029034.html

Warburg Pincus snaps up stake in ETF provider

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Despite High Stock Prices, Half In U.s. Wary Of Investing

Trend: Americans

The unemployment rate as reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics is hovering around 7% in 2014, GDP growth is roughly 2% to 3%, and the government is mired in a large amount of debt. Given these factors, Americans may not believe that the current economy is as strong as the market suggests. Alternatively, they may believe the current market is inflated beyond reasonable measures. As 2014 unfolds, it will be interesting to observe whether the stock market continues its record pace and Americans http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20131207102553AAXvB0j regain confidence in investing or if a correction occurs, resulting in a decline in stock values. Survey Methods Results for this Gallup poll are based on telephone interviews conducted Jan. 5-8, 2014, with a random sample of 1,018 adults, aged 18 and older, living in all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.
Full story: http://www.gallup.com/poll/166886/despite-high-stock-prices-half-wary-investing.aspx


Cornyn Jabs Obama As ‘astonishingly Liberal’ In Ad

“Astonishingly liberal,” the narrator says as the ad opens with an image of Obama. “An administration that has squandered our trust. Using backhanded methods to change the very fabric of American life. Who stands up to him? John Cornyn.” The message that Cornyn “stands up to Obama every day,” as the narrator says, is one the senator is likely to repeat as the March 4 primary draws near.
Source: http://www.usatoday.com/story/onpolitics/2014/01/10/cornyn-obama-ad-texas-senate/4404689/

Only Obama can fix his broken foreign policy

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama called Florida State football coach Jimbo Fisher on Friday to congratulate him on the Seminoles’ national title. Obama told Fisher he’s looking forward to welcoming the team to the White House to celebrate the championship. Florida State beat Auburn 34-31 on Monday night in the BCS championship game to finish the season 14-0. Sports & Recreation NFL Draft Report: Updated top three positional needs for all 32 teams We know three-quarters of the first-round draft order, and all but eight teams currently are in full draft-preparation mode now that their seasons have come to an end. Although we don’t yet know what effect free agency will have, we Continue reading Shutdown Corner Days after the Luol Deng trade, Joakim Noah still hasnt spoken to the media Nobody on the Chicago Bulls was happy about the Luol Deng trade. Even the most ardent of Bulls salary capologists couldnt have easily stomached a deal that sent away a two-time reigning All-Star for no immediate rotation help, no likely Continue reading Ball Don’t Lie More like this Remove MMA Fighter May Face Charges After Fighting Off Four Home Invaders, Killing One in the Process COMMENTARY | Despite his years of training mixed martial arts, Joe Torrez is yet to get his big break inside the cage.
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Five myths about Michelle Obama

Robin Givhan From fashion to Princeton. Yet other first ladies have had more personal relationships with designers and opened the White House doors to them in a way Obama has not. Jacqueline Kennedy designated Oleg Cassini her official dressmaker, and the style they created inspired generations of women and designers. Lady Bird Johnson in 1968 hosted a formal fashion show that involved models parading through the State Dining Room as the wives of visiting governors looked on. Nancy Reagan had lets-meet-for-lunch friendships with several designers, and she received the Council of Fashion Designers of Americas lifetime achievement award which she accepted in person.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-michelle-obama/2014/01/10/6666b5fc-78d7-11e3-af7f-13bf0e9965f6_story.html

Abandon hope? Obama’s new poverty program needs help from Congress

Petraeus in Kabul and, later, at the CIA. At the center of this process was Tom Donilon , the national security adviser, disliked by Gates as a political commissar but effective at maintaining order among a team whose members, as Gates makes clear, were often seething. The dream team (with all its dysfunction) has been replaced by a group that is more closely aligned with the war-weary Obama the president who wanted out of Afghanistan and resisted involvement in Syria. Officials Ive spoken with are unanimous that, with the exception of Secretary of State John Kerry, this group is weaker and less self-confident. Susan Rice has been nearly invisible as national security adviser at a time when U.S. allies are hungry for contact.
Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/david-ignatius-only-obama-can-fix-his-broken-foreign-policy/2014/01/10/d0cb9c9a-797d-11e3-b1c5-739e63e9c9a7_story.html

President Obama congratulates Jimbo Fisher

In that way the U.S. helped ISIS blossom in Syria. White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough had reportedly suggested that a scenario involving Hezbollah, Iran’s Lebanese proxy, fighting al Qaeda-linked forces in the opposition would work to Americas advantage boy was he wrong . ISIS blossomed and took over large swaths of northern Syria, including the largest rebel-held city , and then it focused more on setting up a rudimentary Islamic state than fighting the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. (Last week, other rebel groups began expelling ISIS fighters from areas they controlled.) Then the Assad government carried out a massive chemical weapons attack in the capital of Damascus on Aug. 21.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/obamas-flawed-syria-strategy-two-214053088.html

Obama’s Flawed Syria Strategy In Two Powerful Graphics

Johnson’s War on Poverty and Bill Clinton’s empowerment zones, President Barack Obama announced his grand plan to help eradicate poverty Thursday afternoon. Obama’s “Promise Zone” program was first mentioned nearly a year ago during the 2013 State of the Union address. The program’s goal is to help local governments cut through red tape in order to get struggling families much-needed aid as quickly as possible. Related: Occupy Google: Income Inequality Backlash Hits Silicon Valley On Thursday President Obama announced the first five of these zones (he hopes that there will be 20 by the time he leaves office): San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. “Your country will student loan forgiveness act Obama help you remake your community on behalf of your children, said President Obama, not by the ZIP code she lives in but by the strength of her work ethic and the scope of her dreams. Ben Hecht, president and CEO of Living Cities, a collaboration of 22 of the worlds largest foundations and financial institutions working to eradicate poverty, joined The Daily Ticker to discuss the program.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/blogs/daily-ticker/obama-announces-new-poverty-program-144435439.html


Wall St. Flat Ahead Of Fed Minutes, Micron Lifts Nasdaq

Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume increases

central bank announced its decision to begin trimming its monthly bond purchases, showed Fed Stock Market Tips Today officials were careful to tread lightly as they embarked on the tapering process. The Fed’s accommodative policies were the main driver of the S&P 500’s rally of nearly 30 percent in 2013. The program is expected to keep a floor under stock prices for as long as it continues. “The financial markets really didn’t move at all, but typically history would suggest they need a little bit of time to just digest these things,” said Darrell Cronk, regional chief investment officer of Wells Fargo Private Bank in New York. “What we need to recognize is since December 18, we’ve seen a significant improvement in the economic data.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/us-markets-stocks-idUSBREA050GK20140108

Nasdaq stocks posting largest volume decreases

” $NFLX All downgrades big comp this year in this sector will take Netflix back in $100’s…Bearish,” predicted jamessmith . But ASM concluded the contrary: ” $NFLX Almost all downgrades have been buying opportunities…Bullish.” Netflix hit by Morgan Stanley downgrade Also on the tech front, Pandora ( P ) shares surged for a second day to an all-time high, as investors continued to cheer the company’s audience growth in December and a new in-car ad service. But traders on StockTwits were mostly skeptical. ” $P Didn’t realize FM radio dying business model is all of sudden a $6b+ market cap business with added cost of data fees,” quipped AKEB . “Genius!
Source: http://money.cnn.com/2014/01/07/investing/stocks-markets/index.html

Kandi Technologies Upgraded to NASDAQ Global Select Market

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Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange in the Manhattan borough of New York January 8, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

-NDAQA- Steve Orr reports on Wall Street’s mixed day and Bed Bath & Beyond’s lowered outlook. MarketWatch Mad Money host Jim Cramer explains why he thinks 2014 will be the year companies begin to beat not just earnings estimates by revenue estimates as well. CNBC ___ Fed reduced bond buys after seeing big job gains The Federal Reserve agreed last month to modestly reduce its bond purchases because of improvements in the job market that many Fed members felt would … Associated Press By 2025, IHS Automotive estimates under 1 percent of the market globally will be self-driven cars.
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US STOCKS-Wall St flat ahead of Fed minutes, Micron lifts Nasdaq

stocks were little changed on Wednesday as investors awaited the release of minutes from the Federal Reserve’s most recent policy meeting, while strong results from Micron helped boost the Nasdaq. Minutes of the Fed’s December meeting, at which the U.S. central bank announced its decision to begin trimming its stimulative monthly bond purchases, are out later on Wednesday. Market participants will scour them for details about the tapering, as well as signs of a clear Fed commitment to keeping rates low for a long time.
Source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/08/markets-usa-stocks-idUSL2N0KI1G720140108?type=companyNews&feedType=RSS

KIND Healthy Snacks to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Closing Bell

The shares rose $.63 or 40.4 percent to $2.19. Louisiana Bancorp : Approximately 19,000 shares changed hands, a 1,805.8 percent increase over its 65-day average volume. The shares fell $.01 or .1 percent to $18.15. MagneGas Corp. : Approximately 1,417,800 shares changed hands, a 2,235.1 percent increase over its 65-day average volume.
Source: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-08/nasdaq-stocks-posting-largest-volume-increases

Are the bulls back? S&P 500, Nasdaq notch first gains of the year

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The shares remained unchanged at $16.86. MergeWorthRx Cp : Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.9 decrease from its 65-day average volume. The shares remained unchanged at $8.13. PrimeEnergy Corp. : Approximately shares changed hands, a 99.0 decrease from its 65-day average volume.
Source: http://www.businessweek.com/ap/2014-01-08/nasdaq-stocks-posting-largest-volume-decreases


Shipping Etf Looks For More Upside

The ETFs largest holding is Denmarks A.P. Moller Maersk, which operates across multiple businesses, not just shipping. The company had $59 billion in revenue in 2012. SEA is etf double short dow also home to Teekay LNG Partners ( TGP ), a shipper of liquefied natural gas, and Teekay LNG Partners ( TOO ), a provider of offshore oil storage services. The average dividend yield on those stocks is 6.4%. Guggenheim Shipping ETF SEA ETF Trends editorial team contributed to this post.
Source: http://finance.yahoo.com/news/shipping-etf-looks-more-upside-110008250.html

2014 ETF Income Investing Ideas: Part 2 – Dividend Equities

The fund will feature exposure to 15 developed countries, including Australia, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, Japan, Australia, and Singapore . Market Vectors All China ETF Van Eckfiled regulatory paperwork with the SEC for permission tocreate a passively managed equity ETF that would hold every kind of share class of Chinese companies. Ark Genomics Revolution ETF The Los Angeles-basedArk Investment Management LLC is hoping to make its debut in the ETF world with the launch of several unique ETFs, one of which is the Genomics Revolution ETF. The ETF will primarily invest indomestic and foreign equity securities of companies that are expected to benefit from the development of new products or services, technological improvements and advancements in scientific research that are relevant to the theme of genomics.
Source: http://www.investopedia.com/stock-analysis/etfdatabase/010314/7-etfs-be-excited-2014-pkw.aspx

ETF Income Investing for 2014, Part 1: Bonds

It is, I am reliably told, a BIG THING! My guess is that within a year, no self-respecting ETF issuer will be caught dead in public without a China A-shares product up their sleeve! China A-shares ETFs: the next big thing? Why should we care as investors? In simple terms, we shouldnt!
Source: http://www.etfstrategy.co.uk/china-etfs-whats-your-a-shares-strategy-like-by-david-stevenson-81256/

China ETFs: What’s your A-shares strategy like?

The stock recently traded at $26.70, near the bottom of a 52-week range of $26.64 – $37.80. Financial Select Financial Sector SPDRs (XLF) is unchanged after closing lower. Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3X shares (FAS) is up 0.2%. Its bearish counterpart, FAZ, is leaning into the red. Among financial stocks, Main Street Capital (MAIN) says it expects its Q4 distributable net investment income to exceed its previously declared regular monthly dividend per share of $0.48 and its investment income guidance of between $0.54 and $0.55 a share, helped by investments in its middle-market portfolio and a diversified debt portfolio. The company also said it will boost its dividend at least once next year.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/etf-preview-broad-market-etfs-edge-higher-gold-silver-funds-active-prebell-cm315658

7 ETFs To Be Excited For In 2014

While this fund is not categorically implementing a dividend index, it is focused on sectors such as utilities and consumer staples that have historically been strong cash generators. The current yield on SPLV is 2.49% and its income is paid monthly, which can be an attractive feature. Conclusions While no one knows what the ultimate outcome for 2014 will be, I am optimistic that the current rally will extend itself higher. There will most likely be some unexpected bumps along the way, but by using price to your advantage you can leg into some of these opportunities on a pullback to enhance your chances for success. Starting with small positions and averaging into them over time is also an effective strategy for increasing your equity exposure.
Source: http://www.nasdaq.com/article/2014-etf-income-investing-ideas-part-2-dividend-equities-cm315676

ETF Preview: Broad Market ETFs Edge Higher; Gold Silver Funds Active Pre-Bell

Rather, hold them strategically, with the knowledge that there may be speed bumps along the way to your investment goals. These are my thoughts on opportunities and risk in bonds over the next 12 months. Most investors perceive rising interest rates to be the biggest risk to bond holders over the next year. And there are a number of ways that ETF investors can combat rising rates.
Source: http://www.thestreet.com/story/12189754/1/etf-income-investing-for-2014-part-1-bonds.html