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Asset Class Update: Is Diversification Still A Free Lunch?

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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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China’s ‘Slowdown’ May Be Your Opportunity To Buy Low

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Chinese leaders already anticipate that the country’s economic expansion in 2015 will be its slowest in 25 years. The gross domestic product (GDP) projection? 7%. Analysts have ridiculed everything about the world’s 2nd largest economy from the nation’s extraordinary debt build-up to the modern-day ghost towns of empty apartment complexes. Ironically, these same critics barely flinch when the U.S. expansion logs an inexplicably impoverished 0.2% year-over-year. They blame weather patterns for U.S. stagnation, even though California, Texas and Florida experienced…

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Technical Breakouts For Popular ETFs On The World Stage

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The current bull market for U.S. stocks is the fourth longest in history. Two others journeyed into a seventh year, while one other (1990s) enjoys the distinction as having traveled into an eighth year. Even if one subscribes to the idea that “bull markets never die of old age,” probability alone suggests that we are closer to the end than the beginning. Many market-watchers enjoy finishing the thought on what eventually kills a powerful bull run. “Excessive valuations,” some argue….

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Currency Wars Offer Unique ETF Opportunities

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

David Bowie and Mick Jagger may believe that people are dancing on every street corner around the world. In actuality, however, they’re desperately competing with neighbors by devaluing their currencies. The craziness in currency manipulation is occurring on every continent and in every region. Japan’s brazen quantitative easing (QE) program has seen the battered yen hurt China’s export-dependent economy, leading to speculation that the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) may need to weaken its yuan. Europe’s recently launched QE program…

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When Will Emerging Market ETFs Join The “Risk-On” Party?

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Short ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

When monetary policy leaders spoke in October, investors listened. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) member, James Bullard, suggested that his colleagues consider extending the U.S. central bank’s policy of buying bonds. In a similar vein, the European Central Bank (ECB) revived its activity of purchasing assets in its attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) unexpectedly announced its intention to increase its balance sheet by acquiring additional stock and bond assets in 2015. The…

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Emerging Market ETFs Are Taking Back The World

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More often than not, if you tell me that an asset is roughly 20% above its long-term trendline, I will tell you that the investment is overbought. I might even explain that a pullback to the 200-day moving average is a necessary prerequisite before buying the asset or, at the very least, an 8%-10% sell-off prior to purchase. Technical analysis concerns notwithstanding, iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) has broken out of a multi-year bearish downtrend. This exchange-traded tracker forfeited more than…

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Emerging Markets Versus U.S. Small Caps: Which Provides Better Reward For The Risk?

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Middle East ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Downward revisions to economic growth going forward have little to do with the weather in the first few months of the year. Yet economists are already concluding that gross domestic product (GDP) in the second, third and fourth quarters will be lower than originally anticipated. Similarly, the National Retail Federation (NRF) is blaming the so-called “trajectory” of 12 months of sales on the extreme weather patterns in January and February. This is giving the organization cover for less rosy sales…

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Is A Little “Bubble Paranoia” Good For Your ETF Portfolio?

By | Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, China ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Authors Lu Wang and Joseph Ciolli at Bloomberg described the fear of U.S. stocks falling as “bubble paranoia.” Yet, if fundamental and technical indicators both suggest that U.S. stock assets are extremely overvalued, is the maladjustment with some investors or with the markets themselves? The above-mentioned writers explained that U.S. Federal Reserve members believe asset prices are in line with historical norms. So that means that asset prices are not ballooning? This is the same institution that did not see…

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Value Versus Momentum: What Should You Buy For Your ETF Portfolio

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, International ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

In a world of high-frequency trading, central bank rate manipulation and cross-border fund flows, fundamental value often gets pushed to the back burner. Without question, U.S. stocks are very expensive — inordinately overpriced. Nevertheless, most will opt to continue placing their faith and their hard-earned dollars in what they know. Can one pursue reasonably priced equities in regions where the economies are growing at a rapid clip? Guggenheim Frontier Markets (FRN) allows investors to tap Latin America, while Market Vectors…

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International Stock and Bond ETFs Deserve More Of Your Allocation

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U.S. corporate earnings growth has slowed. Heck, if you are looking at companies in the Dow Industrials, earnings have actually declined for three of the last four quarters. Yet record highs for broader U.S. stock benchmarks continue stealing the headlines. Are U.S. corporations genuinely thriving? In the aggregate, one can say that they’ve increased profitability through refinancing high interest rate debt into low interest rate debt, as well as kept down the cost of human resources compensation packages. Yet they…

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