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Weakness In Corporate Revenue Is A Bad Sign For ‘Buy-n-Hold’ Investors

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There is one thing that has always nagged me during the 2nd longest bull market run in U.S. history. Corporations have roughly the same revenue per share today as they did halfway through 2007. And yet, sales growth per stock share has only recovered to the pre-crisis levels of 2007, whereas the S&P 500’s price has vaulted 40% up and above the pre-crisis levels of 2007. While it is true that bottom-line corporate profits have increased handsomely, most recognize that…

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The Debt-Driven Expansion Requires Tweaks To Your Portfolio

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The U.S. government spent $7.50 trillion above the country’s budget over the last six years to encourage economic growth as well as fulfill pre-existing obligations (e.g., defense/military, agriculture, Medicare/health, Social Security, education, transportation, interest on the federal debt, etc.). Yet the economy still only grew at annualized 2.1% in the period – a growth rate that is far lower than the expected average of 3.0%. Similarly, the U.S. Federal Reserve created electronic dollars in the neighborhood of $3.75 trillion, encouraging…

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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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Saving Greece? What ETF Investors Should Really Be Focused On

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February has been a terrible month for the U.S. economy, but a wonderful month for U.S. stocks. Translation? Investors do not believe that the Federal Reserve will raise overnight lending rates during an economic slowdown. Just how abysmal have the data been so far? Personal spending, construction spending, factory orders, international trade, business inventories, wholesale inventories, consumer sentiment, retail sales and housing starts are just a few of the data points that fell short of expectations. Heck, the Citi Economic Surprise…

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U.S. Stocks and U.S. Bonds: What the Heck?

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Most people believe that Tom Cruise became an international superstar with the release of the action drama, “Top Gun” back in 1986. However, I remember the actor from an earlier film, “Risky Business.” The popular motion picture capitalized on teenage angst and harebrained ways to make money. In the film itself, the main character, Joel Goodson, turns his family home into a house of ill-repute to finance the repairs of his father’s Porsche – a car that he had been…

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ETFs For An Ongoing Stimulus Bubble

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Canada, India, Turkey, Australia, China and Denmark. What do all of these countries have in common? The central bank of each nation has eased monetary policy to stimulate respective economies in 2015. What’s more, none of these actions had been anticipated; rather, the media described rate cuts as “surprising” or diminished reserve requirements as “unexpected.” In the case of Denmark, recent stimulus has been creative as well as startling. For the fourth time in less than three weeks, the Danish…

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Risk Aversion Gains Momentum And Risk Taking Loses It

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The case for investing in riskier assets has often been described as a sensible quest for yield and/or capital appreciation in a world with ultra-low interest rates. That helps to explain why the S&P 500 has defied the odds with respect to corrective activity, garnering double-digit percentage gains in 2012, 2013 and 2014. Yet the preference for risk averse treasuries over higher-yielding debt since July of last year puts a dent in the notion that speculation is still in vogue;…

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3 ETF Investing Themes For A Wobbly U.S. Bull

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Presumably, the Great Recession ended in June of 2009. Three months earlier on March 9, the stock market anticipated the modest recovery that is still intact. In essence, stocks began to rally well in advance of the actual turnaround in the U.S. economy. Similarly, the 10/09/2002-10/09/2007 bull market ended roughly three months before the start of the mammoth economic collapse (12/2007). In a sense, stock barometers were (and are) leading indicators of things to come. For those who wish to…

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Europe’s QE Experiment: Adding Stock ETF Exposure And Hedging Against The Unforeseen

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The scope (current euro-zone member nations) and size ($1.1 trillion euros) of the European Central Bank’s latest stimulus effort has delighted the worldwide investing community. In fact, many began betting on a monumental quantitative easing “project” the minute that Europe registered year-over-year deflation of -0.2% for the month of December. This can be seen in dollar-denominated ETF performance since the start of the 2015. The Anticipation Game: Investors Bet On Most Recent “QE” Beneficiaries Approx YTD% iShares Hedged German Equity…

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The Best ETFs For Positioning Your Portfolio In 2015

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At the beginning of each New Year, Seeking Alpha, the popular financial web portal, interviews Gary Gordon for its Positioning for 2015 series. Here is a transcript of that exchange. SA’s Carolyn Pairitz (CP): How would your clients describe your investing style/philosophy? Gary Gordon (GG): My clients would recite my mantra… There are four possible investing outcomes (i.e., big gain, small gain, small loss, big loss) and three of them are good. Successful investing is about controlling the investing outcome so…

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