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Why Dividend ETFs, REIT ETFs and Low Volatility ETFs Still Work

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Many investors are aware that the current economic expansion is the longest in U.S. history. 10 years and six months. Some believe that the growth does not need to end. Ever. They quip, “Economic expansions don’t die of old age.” Others wonder if the business cycle will end soon. After all, every decade on record has experienced at least one recession. The problem with focusing on when the next recession will occur? It assumes that asset prices decline dramatically because…

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Just A Manufacturing Recession? Stocks and Bonds Think There’s More To It

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Six weeks ago, I made the case that the “ex-U.S.” stock bear began in January of 2018. It was a relatively easy case to make. After all, the MSCI World Ex USA Index fell more than 20% from its all-time high and has yet to recover. Even though the S&P 500 and the Dow did not fall 20% from their January 2018 peak, there has been minimal stock progress across 20 months. The Wilshire 5000 provides clear evidence that the…

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CEOs, IPOs and Market Complacency

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One year ago, investors learned that there’s a limit to how high interest rates could climb on Federal Reserve tightening before the stock market would collapse. Mercifully, the Fed reversed course and sent risk assets back to new heights. Rightly or wrongly, Federal Reserve committee members are still choosing to manipulate the cost of capital lower. The hope is that by keeping stock prices at elevated levels, consumers and businesses will both spend in ways that keep the economic expansion…

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2020 Election: More Than Another Brick In The Wall Of Worry

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Near the bottom of the 2008 financial collapse, many investors convinced themselves that Barack Obama’s left-leaning ideology would only make things worse for the stock market. They were wrong. Indeed, those folks missed a remarkable opportunity to acquire equities at phenomenal bargains. Leading into the 2016 election, plenty of people believed that Donald Trump’s unpredictable nature and tempestuous style would result in a stock market disaster. They were wrong too. Wall Street quickly warmed up to the prospect for dramatic…

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Large U.S. Stocks May Be Underestimating the Worldwide Manufacturing Recession

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Global manufacturing data have been exceedingly grim. One would be hard-pressed to find a country in Europe, Asia or North America that is exporting products with little difficulty. If the United States wishes to export products at a higher clip, we’d require partners with the means to afford our products. Yet the U.S. dollar’s strength alongside foreign tariffs are impeding the process. One might think that the dollar’s strength would be helpful in importing products from other countries. At the moment, however, a wide…

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This Is Your Market. This Is Your Market On Drugs. Any Questions?

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An authoritative figure pulls a chicken egg from a carton. He holds the egg up for the television viewer to see. “This is your brain,” he announces. Then he points to a frying pan and says, “This is drugs.” The man cracks open the egg on the side of the pan. He then spills the viscous contents into the skillet and allows the slop to sizzle. “This is your brain on drugs.” He waits for a second or two to let…

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The Stock Market Bear That Began 19 Months Ago

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Mainstream pundits have been telling stock investors throughout 2019 that it does not matter if long maturity Treasury bonds yield less than short maturity Treasury bonds. They have been explaining that you should ignore the fact that, for the most part, the 10-year yield has been offering less than the 3-month yield since mid-May. However, financial institutions often rely on borrowing money at lower short-term rates and lending at higher longer-term ones. When the spread between short and long flattens,…

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Riskier Assets Are Looking To Get Their ‘Fix’

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In last week’s commentary, I wrote the following: “So how will stocks, bonds and other assets respond to the Fed decision? I believe that the Fed will under-deliver, effectively disappointing growth stock enthusiasts. It will be 25 basis points and a whole lot of vague references to data-dependence. The likely result? Bond yields will continue to drift lower over the weeks ahead, compelling the Fed to cut again in the near future. This will be positive for yield sensitive assets…

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Here Comes The Fun (And The Fed Says, “It’s Alright”)

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One might define absurdity as the quality or state of being ridiculous. Or one can glance at the global quantity of negative-yielding debt. The total? Nearly $14 trillion. Holding a bond to maturity that pays a negative return is insane. Wouldn’t risk-averse folks prefer a 0% return that would come with the embrace of physical cash? Unfortunately, central banks do crazy things. The euro deposit rate is at -0.4%. That means savers and investors could lose more money at a…

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How Will You Keep the Stock Wealth That You Created?

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Bond yields have been collapsing clear across the world. And if history is any guide, the rapid decline is a function of undeniable economic weakness. Consider the correlation between bond yields and time-tested measures like the Institute for Supply Management’s PMI. The 10-year U.S. Treasury yield tends to follow in the indicator’s footsteps. As the chart shows, waning economic growth and falling bond yields occurred in 2012 and 2016. During those periods, corporate earnings struggled immensely. What about today? Not…

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