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Commodity ETFs

Why Stocks Are Getting Riskier By The Day

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The central bank of the United States (a.k.a. the Federal Reserve) may hike its overnight lending rate in December. Committee members are also discussing plans to phase out the reinvestment of principal on balance sheet securities. Translation? Borrowing costs are set to move higher. The Fed is tightening for the first time in nearly a decade. In so doing, it is implicitly signaling faith in the U.S. economy’s ability to accelerate. The question investors might want to ask is whether…

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Asset Class Update: Is Diversification Still A Free Lunch?

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Financial ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Mid Cap ETFs, Retail ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

According to Barry Ritholtz of Ritholtz Wealth Management, a frequent contributor to CNBC as well as Bloomberg, “the beauty of diversification is that it’s about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing.” Since 2011, however, investors who diversified in stocks outside of the U.S. and who diversified across other asset types (e.g., commodities, currencies, gold, pipeline partnerships, etc.) have consistently underperformed the plain vanilla approach of owning the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) alongside a modest…

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Why The U.S. Stock Market Never Completely Recovered

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Global ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Retail ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Some things go unnoticed. For example, the S&P 500 rallied 13% off its closing lows (1867) set in late August. Lost in the shuffle? The popular benchmark has yet to revisit its closing highs (2130) registered back in May. In essence, the corrective activity that began in the springtime as a function of a faltering global economy, overvalued equities and weakening market internals has yet to run its course. What’s more, these factors that led to the August-September sell-off in…

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Our Current Asset Allocation For Moderate Growth and Income Clients

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There were few investment professionals who believed in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) back in 1993. In fact, you could count the early adopters on your keyboard-using fingers. For example, my friend and money manager Tom Lydon used ETFs before he created ETF Trends. Dave Fry gathered a following at ETF Digest. And “yours truly?” I regularly discussed the benefits of  “SPY” and “QQQ” on financial talk radio across 70 or more affiliates around the nation. In the 90s, ETF that tracked popular…

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Resilient Consumer? Not During The Manufacturing Retreat and Corporate Revenue Recession

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Concerned investors started punishing foreign stocks and emerging market equities in May. The primary reason? Many feared the adverse effects of declining economic growth around the globe as well as the related declines in world trade. By June, risk-averse investors began selling U.S. high yield bonds as well as U.S. small cap assets. A significant shift away from lower quality debt issuers troubled yield seekers, particularly in the energy arena. Meanwhile, the overvaluation of smaller companies in the iShares Russell…

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Do Not Blame China For Your Missed Opportunity To Reduce Risk

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Some are crediting me with calling the 6-day mini-crash. On the contrary. When I wrote “15 Warning Signs Of A Market Top” on August 18, the intent was to discuss micro-economic (corporate), macro-economic, fundamental and technical reasons for reducing one’s overall allocation to riskier assets. I did not predict the epic fall from grace for the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY). Based on a Relative Strength Index (RSI) level below 17 – based on the fact that we are approaching…

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A Market Top? 15 Warning Signs

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Stocks are tumbling in Russia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Australia and Canada due to economic weakness in China. Meanwhile, the Vanguard Europe ETF (VGK) remains roughly 5.5% off of its May high, as the feel-good effect of $1.3 trillion in European Central Bank stimulus subsides. In truth, risk assets from across the spectrum are fading. Exchange-traded vehicles as diverse as iShares High Yield Corporate Bond (HYG), iShares Russell 2000 (IWM), iPath Commodity (DJP) and Vanguard FTSE Emerging Markets (VWO) are all…

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Canaries In The Investment Mine Have Stopped Serenading

By | Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, International ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Eleven months ago, I talked about four classic canaries in the investment mines: (1) commodities, (2) high yield bonds, (3) small-cap stocks, (4) emerging market stocks. I explained that when all four of those canaries stop singing, riskier ETFs usually break down. Indeed, in September of 2014, commodities were tanking, high-yield bonds were plunging, small-cap stocks were faltering and emerging market stocks were plummeting. The canaries were losing their voices. Not surprisingly, the broader U.S. markets eventually followed suit in…

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There’s Still Time To Lower Your Exposure To Riskier ETFs

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF) and intermediate-to-long duration municipal bonds via BlackRock Muni Assets Fund (MUA). There’s no doubt about it… I was early on the call. Yet the idea behind raising cash as well…

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3 Reasons Why Risk Is Exiting The Debate Stage

By | Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

More than a handful of people asked me if I would be watching the big debate. 10 candidates. One stage. Which politician will emerge as the clear-cut favorite to win the Republican party nomination? It may surprise some folks, but I have zero interest in the made-for-television event. Each individual will receive about as much air time as Bethe Correia earned in her UFC Title fight against Ronda Rousey. (America’s superstar dropped the Brazilian fighter in 34 seconds.) From my vantage…

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