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The Federal Reserve’s Path: Four Hikes, Two Hikes, Zero Hikes, QE4

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Three months ago, the Federal Reserve anticipated raising overnight lending rates four times in 2016. Now they are projecting just two hikes. At this rate, by the time June rolls around, Janet Yellen’s Fed will declare zero changes to interest rate policy for the entire calendar year. And in the fall? If there’s enough financial market turmoil, voting members of the central bank’s Open Market Committee (FOMC) may announce new quantitative easing measures in what will be dubbed by the…

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5 Huge Misunderstandings About The Current Investing Environment

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Over the weekend, the Denver Broncos beat the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship. Popular football analysts had – across the board, it seemed – believed the Patriots were a “shoe-in.” They were wrong. Peyton Manning could still throw deep passes to score touchdowns. And Denver’s defense rattled Tom Brady on nearly every Patriot possession. In a similar vein, an overwhelming majority of analysts believed that the ending of QE3 in December of 2014 and the 0.25% rate hike in…

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Why The S&P 500’s Record High From Last May Seems So Far Away

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Some bear markets feature dreadful price catastrophes that occur quickly. At the onset of last decade’s banking crisis, the S&P 500 plummeted close to the requisite 20% bear level in a five month period between October of 2007 and March of 2008. The Federal Reserve joined JP Morgan Chase in bailing out Bear Stearns to provide a brief relief rally. However, the second leg down between May of 2008 and March of 2009 led to the 56% top-to-bottom depreciation of capital…

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3 Economic Headwinds That Matter More Than You Think

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Is the U.S. economy on solid footing? Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen seems to think so. In particular, Yellen expressed confidence in household spending as well as job growth during prepared testimony before Congress on Thursday. It is not surprising to see central bank authorities describe current economic circumstances in glowing terms. Later this month, members of the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) hope to hike borrowing costs for the first time in nine years. Unfortunately, the U.S. economy may not…

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Are The Tailwinds For Stocks Turning Into Tornadoes?

By | Bond ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Health ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Recently, I was speaking with one of the co-founders of the popular exchange-traded fund web site, ETF Database. He wanted to get my thoughts about the problems with “buy-n-hold.” I did not hesitate to give him an earful. Rather than chronicle my conversation in its entirety, or reiterate my commentary from dozens of previous articles on the topic, readers may wish to contemplate the risk of holding onto a permanent portfolio at this moment. Indeed, the risk of hold-n-hope at…

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What Deleveraging May Mean For Netflix And Many Of Your Favorite Stocks

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

You know those annoying notifications that chime on your cell phone in the middle of the work day? The ones that sound off to let you know when Kim Kardashian’s daughter sits on a commode? Or when Donald Trump insults a member of the media? I get far too many of those. I’ve tried playing with the notification settings on the apps on my iPhone, but somehow, I still get a ton of unwanted messages. Last week, I received a Yahoo Finance…

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All About Nothing: Stock ETFs Celebrate Zero Percent Rate Policy

By | Bond ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Internet ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Retail ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

About a year ago, I was meeting a client at a restaurant in Marina Del Rey, California. The traffic had been mild by Los Angeles County standards, so I arrived in the area early. I stopped in a local coffee shop and sat down in a booth. Lo and behold, in the booth next to me, Jerry Seinfeld had been interviewing Jim Carrey for a “webisode” of the popular online show, Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee. The reason that I bring this…

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Resilient Consumer? Not During The Manufacturing Retreat and Corporate Revenue Recession

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Concerned investors started punishing foreign stocks and emerging market equities in May. The primary reason? Many feared the adverse effects of declining economic growth around the globe as well as the related declines in world trade. By June, risk-averse investors began selling U.S. high yield bonds as well as U.S. small cap assets. A significant shift away from lower quality debt issuers troubled yield seekers, particularly in the energy arena. Meanwhile, the overvaluation of smaller companies in the iShares Russell…

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How To Invest When You’re Living In The Twilight Zone

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Workers have jobs. The headline unemployment rate at 5.1% proves it, right? Yet the percentage of working-aged folks in the labor force at 62.6% represents the lowest employment rate since the late 1970s. Equally troubling? Wages/salaries rose a mere 0.2% in the second quarter. That was the smallest increase since data on wages have been kept. In fact, when adjusted for inflation, median household income has actually dropped since the Great Recession ended in June of 2009, from roughly $55,000…

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The Stock Market’s Best Shot? A Fed Promise To Move Slower Than A Three-Toed Sloth

By | Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Mid Cap ETFs, Transportation ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Consumers, as opposed to manufacturers, represent two-thirds of the U.S. economy. Indeed, Americans love to splurge. We buy sneakers, iPhones, home furnishings, real estate, cars, jewelry, concert tickets, and meals at our favorite restaurants. We even buy chew toys for our pets. Many of us, however, do not have enough cash saved up to acquire the things that we want when we want them. So we borrow. We satisfy our cravings through instruments of debt – credit cards, mortgages, “refis,”…

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