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Latin America ETFs

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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Alternative ETF Strategies For Everyday Portfolios

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Seeking Alpha’s Jonathan Liss recently spoke with Gary to find out how he planned to use ETFs – including alternative ETF strategies not frequently found in more typical investor portfolios – to position clients in 2013. Jonathan Liss (JL): How would you describe your investing style/philosophy? Gary Gordon (GG): Information processing is the best way to describe the way that I invest. I gather information (e.g., fundamental, technical, contrarian, economic, historical, etc.), select exchange-traded funds based on that information, and…

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Exporter ETFs Unfazed By U.S. Political Drama

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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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Relative Safety: ETFs That Are Standing Up To The Selling Pressure

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Two weeks ago, I talked about reducing risk by leaning toward revenue beaters. Today, with a meager 37% of corporations surpassing expected sales targets, investors appear nervous about the possibility that companies will lose their footing on “Revenue Mountain.” Disappointing earnings reports, year-over-year revenue declines and uninspiring growth projections are not the only reasons for the selling pressure, however. Obama appeared to be a lock in September; now, many wonder about the prospect of county-by-county recounts in Ohio during the…

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QE3 Continues To Rev Up Emerging Market Corporate Bonds And Currencies

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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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ETFs That Have Defied The Guidance Of Well-Known Critics

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Hedge fund guru, Jim Chanos, has been telling investors to avoid China like the plague. And he’s been slamming the world’s second largest economy for many years. In May, Chanos described China as being in the midst of an epic property bubble. Fair enough… Chanos sees parallels between the U.S. meltdown and China’s “ghost towns.” Yet there’s one fact that Chanos can’t gloss over. The Guggenheim China Real Estate Fund (TAO) has gained 37% year-to-date and is sitting atop 52-week…

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Emerging Market ETFs Love The Smell Of China Stimulus

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Developed markets have been weighing the perceived positives in Greek exit polls against the perceived negatives in Spanish bank bailouts. In contrast, emerging markets seem less concerned with the European drama; the “emergers” are focused squarely upon China. Need proof? Consider the post-holiday headlines for Tuesday, May 29. The euro slid to its lowest level against the U.S. dollar in more than two years. A prominent ratings agency downgraded Spain’s sovereign debt. And U.S. consumer confidence via the Conference Board’s Consumer Consumer Index fell to its lowest level in 8 months. Yet single country…

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Three ETFs With Momentum That You Probably Don’t Know Exist

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There are a variety of ways to interpret stock market volatility. A rising CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) often typifies greater fear on the part of “options” investors such that they require protection against a monstrous sell-off. A widening of the daily trading range on a popular benchmark may also be indicative of explosive moves to the downside or upside. Moreover, upward revisions to the average beta (think financials) can signal increasing risks to the broader markets as well. Relative strength is a lot like volatility in that there are different approaches…

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5 Influential ETFs Hold Back U.S. And International Stocks

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There are roughly 1400 exchange-traded vehicles on the U.S. exchanges. And yet, only a small fraction of them (about 5%) can lay claim to $1 billion in assets under management. These 70-75 influencers often explain the direction of stock, bond, currency and commodity markets. In fact, there have been times when a single asset defines the entire investing landscape. For example, PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (UUP) is frequently employed as a “risk-off” portfolio hedge. In the recent past, when UUP moved higher, you could confidently count on equity…

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Bearishness In Energy and Materials Suggests A Shift Toward High Income ETFs

By | Asia ETFs, Bond ETFs, China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Latin America ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

The Dow and the S&P 500 may have experienced the worst 2-week losses since November. Still, is it really time to panic? When one considers the reality that the major averages are less than -4% from multi-year highs, abandoning stock assets seems a bit premature. That said, you may want to avoid certain investments. For example, a wide variety of Currency ETFs have worked their way into to full-scale correction mode. The CurrencyShares Euro Trust (FXE) is 12.4% below a…

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