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Why U.S. Small Company ETFs Are Losing Their Way

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There has been a great deal of talk about the housing recovery. Sales of existing homes steadily rose between mid-2011 and mid-2013 on the back of a weak U.S. dollar and an increase in the money supply. Indeed, Federal Reserve monetary policy had stimulated demand for U.S. stocks as well as U.S. real estate. Yet from the moment the Fed announced its intention to pull back on its unconventional program of creating electronic dollars to buy U.S. bonds, property sales…

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Uber and Tech ETFs: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

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Economist Hyman Minksy argued that when a private sector accumulates too much debt, an economic system buckles. Supporters of his theories point to the catastrophic effect that sub-prime mortgages had on the 2007-2009 U.S. economy. Detractors simply highlight the 2010-2011 euro-zone crisis. In essence, the excessive borrowing and spending by beleaguered European nations nearly destroyed the region’s financial structure and still cripples economic growth to this day. Personally, I feel that Dr. Minsky’s larger contribution to understanding why an economy…

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Buy “Value ETFs” Here, Buy “Growth ETFs” Over There

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Home Depot, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples, PetSmart, Sears, Lowe’s, Walmart. What do all of these companies have in common? They sell products to the middle class. Lately, however, these retailers have not been selling a whole of their wares to middle class consumers.  Not only did they reveal disappointing top-line revenue numbers in the first quarter, sales weakness has been evident in April and May as well. Conventional writers in the financial media have been blaming lower-than-anticipated sales on…

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“Old Tech” ETFs Are Better Risk-Reward Prospects Than “New Tech” ETFs

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Scores of investors often regard Benjamin Graham as the grandfather of value investing. Even those who shun Graham’s methods of analyzing securities tend to revere quotes attributed to him. For example, on market complacency, “… chief losses to investors come from the purchase of low-quality securities at times of good business conditions.” In this discussion, we can assume that business conditions are relatively good. After all, over the last five years, corporations have refinanced their debts, boosted profit margins, strengthened…

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The Great ETF Rotation Is Accelerating

By | Asia ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Retail ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs | No Comments

Back on April 9, I talked about a “Great Rotation” away from momentum plays (e.g., biotech, Internet, small-cap growth, etc.). Where did the smart money go? Demand had been picking up for the least popular asset classes from 2013, including long-dated treasuries, select emerging markets as well as commodities. Five trading weeks have passed since I began discussing the likelihood of a major shift. Did enough investors buy the dips in former high-flyers to push their prices back up? Conversely,…

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ETF Moves You Can Make Before The Crowd Gets Restless

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Bond ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, International ETFs, Internet ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Retail ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Nobody can tell you when a 10% stock market pullback is imminent. That has not stopped many from issuing erroneous prognostications over the last 31 months. By the same token, no individual can predict when a correction will morph into a 20% bearish sell-off. Yet Marc Faber (“Dr. Doom”) has routinely served up enormously frightful comments in a perpetually compliant media. While it may be impossible to forecast with certainty, it is possible to increase one’s chances of success. One…

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Are Emerging Market Small Cap ETFs Safer Than U.S. Small Cap ETFs?

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When U.S. stocks have struggled in 2014, the pattern has had a familiar ring to it. Small-caps have fallen harder than large-caps. Growth-oriented equities have dropped more precipitously than value-oriented equities. Meanwhile, consumer Internet assets have jumped off the proverbial cliff. For those who choose to monitor these sorts of unfriendly patterns, the price of Global X Social Media (SOCL) is well below key moving averages. The 50-day trendline’s imminent crossing below the 200-day trendline will constitute the dreaded “death…

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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 Asian ETFs With Tremendous Upside Potential

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Here is something that investors can take to their “to-big-too-fail” banks: Authorities in China will never allow a full-blown credit crisis to decimate the world’s 2nd largest economy. Disappointing manufacturing data, a falling yuan and the country’s first junk bond default have all contributed to perceived investing risks. However, Chinese government officials have learned from the sub-prime disaster in the U.S. (2008) as well as the sovereign debt catastrophe in Europe (2011). They will provide stimulus as necessary. I have…

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