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Frontier Market ETFs

Does Diversifying ETFs Across the Asset Classes Cause Portfolio Abuse?

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Several days ago, one of my clients referred a friend to Pacific Park Financial, Inc. The elderly gentlemen came to my office with a familiar dilemma. Specifically, he struggled to see the value of holding different asset classes in his portfolio. His investments had appreciated nicely over the years. What’s more, he was proud of the fact that a 65% allocation to income assets had helped offset the severe setback that growth assets experienced in the 2008-2009 financial collapse. Nevertheless,…

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Profit Takers Bid Farewell to the Highest-Flying Stock ETFs. Should You?

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In 1986, I visited the Philippine Stock Exchange. There were few, if any, computers on the floor. Black markers registered trading activity on a giant whiteboard. And the feeling that I came away with was that I had caught a glimpse of an incomplete science experiment. Today, however, a number of frontier economies have upped their level of sophistication. The Philippines recently benefited from credit agency upgrades to its sovereign debt. Direct investment by foreigners has been bountiful. What’s more,…

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Frontier Market ETFs Or Emerging Market ETFs?

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Daisy Maxey is a talented financial columnist for WSJ.com. Ms. Maxey also follows me on Twitter. Not surprisingly, then, I may be slightly hesitant to question the timing of her recent feature, “Frontier Market Funds Offer Promise, Risk.” By the percentages, Ms Maxey cites data that is supposed to represent opportunity in the least developed countries and regions. Yet the risk-adjusted returns over a 10-year rolling period are lower for frontier markets than for other investment areas. Even if one…

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How Long Will Stock Market Exuberance Last? These 3 ETFs May Tell You

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According to EPFR Global, money poured into stock funds at a faster pace over the last week than at any time since September of 2007. For those who may not immediately recognize the date as particularly significant, October 2007 kicked off one of the most volatile and bone-jarring bear markets in U.S. history. By no means do I think that January 2013 marks the beginning of another collapse of the financial system. In fact, there are clear advantages for risk-takers…

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Exporter ETFs Unfazed By U.S. Political Drama

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs | No Comments

The S&P 500 traded in a 20-point range on Thursday, 12/27. And most of that activity was consistent with risk-off, “sell-it-all” fretfulness. What have investors been fretting? What else… the fiscal stand-off. Early on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent broader indexes 1% lower on statements suggesting that a budget deal could not be reached before year-end. Later in the day, Republicans in the House of Representatives agreed to reconvene in Washington D.C. on Sunday (12/30), encouraging markets to rally back…

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Unique Alternatives For Extremely Overbought ETFs

By | Asia ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, International ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Since the summertime lows, a number of themes have gained enormous traction. U.S. real estate is benefiting from ultra-low mortgage rates, limited supply and remarkable demand from overseas buyers. Chinese leadership continues to provide just enough government support to maintain economic targets. And the European Central Bank (ECB) is having success at containing its sovereign debt woes, in spite of the region’s deepening recession. Investors that engaged the trends early have profited immensely from price appreciation in certain ETFs. Since…

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Reversal of Fortune: Asia ETFs Lead the Way After 2-Year Hiatus

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Nearly two months ago, Ben Bernanke announced an open-ended promise for the Federal Reserve to purchase $40 billion in mortgage-backed bonds every month. Prior to the 9/13 announcement, investors expected another round of electronic money printing, yet the size and scope of the plan exceeded everyone’s expectations. U.S. stocks surged to multi-year highs through the Friday 9/14 close. Shortly thereafter, however, U.S. stock assets began to weaken. Not only were corporate revenue reports decidedly weak in October, but many chose…

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Economically Sensitive Stock ETFs Have Struggled Since The Fed’s Mortgage-Backed Bond Initiative

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Currency ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

It may not take much to send the markets down these days. A profit miss by Google. A weak revenue showing by McDonalds. Or perhaps the most detrimental data point of the week: Existing home sales fell 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. With interest rates this low, properties have become increasingly affordable. Yet existing homeowners who are marginally underwater may actually become more entrenched; that is, they are less likely to put their homes up for sale when they anticipate…

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Three ETF Categories That Are Not Afraid Of The Big Bad Cliff

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

The second presidential debate served up smoke, mirrors, sound and fury. However, it did very little to advance either candidate’s prospects. In brief, the Kabuki theatrical production was entertaining, but it may not have swayed many voters. Shockingly, for all the tax rate rhetoric, neither candidate detailed a vision for avoiding a fiscal cliff calamity. If Congress and the White House do not reach a deal by the end of 2012, or at least get the framework of deal that…

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QE3 Continues To Rev Up Emerging Market Corporate Bonds And Currencies

By | Actively Managed ETFs, Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Frontier Market ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs | No Comments

In the steamy September days (9/13-9-14) of central bank euphoria, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed would immediately begin purchasing $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month. What’s more, the chairman did not include an end date for the quantitative easing program known as “QE3.” Bernanke’s summertime bazooka sent S&P 500 stocks skyward, as the heralded benchmark hit an intra-day level of 1474. And scores of media players began chatting up the possibility of year-end highs in…

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