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After trading in a narrow range at the beginning of the week, U.S. equities took a steep hit as investor anxiety about a pullback and looming Fed tapering fears weighed heavily on the markets. On the economic front, initial jobless claims fell to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, while the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State Manufacturing Survey showed a sharp improvement in labor conditions. Meanwhile, bond prices tumbled in the U.S., U.K. and Germany on Thursday, pushing 10-year Treasury notes yields to levels not seen since 2011 . 

Below, we highlight seven insightful articles circulating around the financial space this week:

  1. Trading strategies – keep it simple, stupid (NAS Trading)
  2. Failed ETF trades spiking this summer (Institutional Investor)
  3. The best ETFs to minimize portfolio volatility (Vix And More)
  4. Value investing when debt levels are high (The Aleph Blog)
  5. Europe on the rise - how to play (Financial Sense)
  6. The bottom line: the risk profile in stock markets is up (Cumberland Advisors)
  7. What’s really changed since the Great Financial Crisis of 2008? Apparently, not much (Alhambra Investment Partners)
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Disclosure: No positions at time of writing.

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