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What You Don’t Know About Relative Strength Shifts In ETFs Can Hurt You

By | Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Health ETFs, International ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

One of the best web sites for identifying trends in the ETF marketplace is ETFscreen.com. And one of the best features at the data aggregation portal is the Relative Strength Factor (RSf) reporting. According to ETF Screen, the Relative Strength Factor (RSf) represents a percentile ranking of fund performance relative to all other funds in the universe. While it is measured over an entire year, the factor heavily weights recent performance to identify funds that have been accelerating versus those…

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Great Rotation? ETFs Encounter A Different Kind Of Shift In 2014

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Retail ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation?” You remember the predictive theory that ultra-low yields would encourage investors to rotate out of bonds and into stocks. The notion picked up steam shortly after the Federal Reserve announced its intention to taper its quantitative easing (QE) program in May of 2013. Yield-sensitive assets of all stripes — corporate bonds, Treasury bonds, munis, preferred shares, REITs — experienced the type of rapid wealth destruction that is more commonly associated with significant stock slumps….

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Three Big Time Trends That ETF Investors May Miss

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Financial ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, Health ETFs, International ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

How do stock market benchmarks pop 1% out of the blue? Check your Twitter news feed. Crimea voted to join Russia as everyone anticipated. Industrial production rose more than expected in February. And the second largest e-commerce site in the world, China-based Alibaba, is getting increasingly close to an IPO date. In essence, buying the previous week’s pullback seems reasonable to the masses. On the other hand, broader stock benchmarks have not made much progress in 2014 and the rallies have…

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An Easy Way To Insure Against A Big Loss With Your ETFs

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

One of the more noticeable trends in the current U.S. stock bull has been the flip-flopping of the bears. Steven Russolillo at WSJ.com recently profiled a variety of prominent voices who received accolades in the past for extreme pessimism. Yet, even as price gains started to pile up in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, these folks insisted that the moves higher would not last. Eventually, each relented; each changed course by professing bullish optimism on U.S. equities. And names that had…

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Why Across-The Board Negativity On Commodity-Related ETFs May Be Misplaced

By | China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, International ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Investors are punishing commodity-rich countries yet again. As popular developed market funds like iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) prosper, iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) and its heavy energy allocation keep the exchange-traded tracker languishing near 52-week lows. Similarly, iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100 (FM) continues attracting buyers, whereas copper king Chile via iShares MSCI Chile (ECH) has seen its fortunes evaporate over the course of three years. Retail investors are not the only group convinced that most commodities will drag on…

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Low P/E ETFs Become Less Risky When They Boast Technical Uptrends

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Health ETFs, International ETFs, Materials ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Many value-oriented stock pickers do not see a self-sustaining U.S. economy and they continue to play “Taps” on their trumpets. Commonly cited warning signs include: (1) The 10-year annualized price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of U.S. stocks is above 25, (2) In absolute dollar terms, the amount of borrowed money (i.e. margin debt) in the stock market has never been higher, and (3) Corporations bought back stock with debt that they’ve already refinanced at ultra-low interest rates, and now they are hoarding…

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How Diversified ETF Portfolios Can Make You Feel Like A Loser

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Mid Cap ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Financial professionals often talk about the importance of diversifying across the asset classes. Had you chosen to do so in 2013, however, you may be feeling less giddy than the “Holy Cow, Look at the Dow” cheerleaders on CNBC. ETFs For 14 Asset Classes 2013 YTD Approx % Large Cap US: SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) 31.9% Mid Cap US: SPDR MidCap (MDY) 33.1% Small Cap US: iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) 34.0% Large Cap Foreign: iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) 21.7%…

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Resources-Based ETFs Coming Back From The Dead

By | Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Global ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? After all, Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) registered a dismal 9-month showing of -8%. Think about the discrepancy for a moment. Stock assets around the globe have a tendency to move in the same direction. Yet, broad-based emerging market…

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Profitable Stock ETFs That May Not Have Appeared On Your Radar Screen

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

What happened to the benefit of diversifying across different types of assets? Shouldn’t it be beneficial to own a mix of foreign stocks, U.S. stocks, foreign bonds, U.S. bonds and commodities (e.g., gold, oil, etc.)? Here’s a quick look at what has transpired over the last 3 months: Asset Classes Over 3 Months (2nd Quarter)                 3 Months               U.S. Stocks via S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY)…

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Emerging Market Truths, Frontier Market Truths and ETF Statistics

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China’s manufacturing sector is contracting, Brazil’s consumers are retrenching and India’s economy is growing at the slowest pace in a decade. Is it any wonder that commentators as well as investors are abandoning the concept of “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India, China) funds? Others muse that the real opportunities can be found in different emerging markets or even in the so-called frontier. They have attempted to popularize acronyms like “MIST” (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey) and “CAPT” (Chile, Peru, Philippines, Thailand)….

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