ETFs originated as a cheap and simple way to invest in the broad stock market. For a fraction of the price of a traditional mutual fund, you could own a piece of the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the S&P 500, or the Dow. There were 169 new products launched in 2017. That’s almost one every second day. There are now 648 ETFs listed in this country with more coming all the time.
The greed factor is growing among American investors and that makes me nervous. The Wall Street Journal reported last week that there has been a significant drop in the purchase of put options in New York. That means fewer people are taking out "insurance policies" against a sudden drop in stock prices. Put options allow you to sell a security at a specific price up to the expiry date. So if the market drops, your downside is limited.
In New York, Nasdaq cracked through the 7,000 barrier as trading resumed on Jan. 2, with tech stocks again leading the way. The Wall Street Journal reported that it only took eight months for the index to climb 1,000 points, noting we have not seen that kind of growth since the height of the dot.com bubble in 1999-2000. We all know how that ended, with the tech sector dragging the broad market into a steep decline that lasted from the spring of 2000 until late 2002.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".