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Materials ETFs

Is It Time To Rethink An Allocation To Gold?

By | Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs | No Comments

Many investors have given up on the idea that gold merits consideration in their portfolios due to years of depreciation in the dollar price of the yellow metal. For one thing, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) is still reeling from 35% bear market losses since the heyday of 2011’s euro-zone crisis. Similarly, sharp increases in the value of GLD shares at the start of 2014 and 2015 were both met with vicious selling pressure and, eventually, more declines. Perhaps ironically,…

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Bull Market, Bear Market or Barely Moving Market?

By | Bond ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Retail ETFs, Semiconductor ETFs, Technology ETFs, Telecom ETFs, Transportation ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

Perma-bulls may note that the S&P 500 eked out a 0.4% gain in the first quarter of 2015. They may also choose to ignore warning signs such as the 5th consecutive month of decelerating economic activity in the manufacturing segment. The last time that this happened? 2008. A quick check of the individual sectors that make up the overall market demonstrates that an increasing number of them are losing ground rather than gaining it. For example, the transporters in the…

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Three Implications Of “Shifts” In Fed Policy

By | Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Europe ETFs, International ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Telecom ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

A large number of stocks in the Dow Jones Industrials Average have moved lower since the Federal Reserve ended its quantitative easing (QE) program in late October. Telecom giants AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) have toiled. Consumer champs Procter & Gamble (PG) and Coca-Cola (KO) have struggled. Commodity-related kings like Chevron (CVX) and Caterpillar (CAT)? They’ve been obliterated. In fact, nearly half of the 30 components (13) have lost ground since the Fed stopped acquiring billions in assets with electronically created money….

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When Will Emerging Market ETFs Join The “Risk-On” Party?

By | Asia ETFs, China ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, Europe ETFs, Frontier Market ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Short ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

When monetary policy leaders spoke in October, investors listened. Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) member, James Bullard, suggested that his colleagues consider extending the U.S. central bank’s policy of buying bonds. In a similar vein, the European Central Bank (ECB) revived its activity of purchasing assets in its attempt to stimulate the region’s economy. Meanwhile, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) unexpectedly announced its intention to increase its balance sheet by acquiring additional stock and bond assets in 2015. The…

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Reduce Your Allocation To Small Cap U.S. Stock ETFs

By | Biotechnology ETFs, Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Defense & Aerospace ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Technology ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

The Wall Street media may celebrate the 35% intra-day jump in Alibaba shares. They may tout the record highs in the Dow and the S&P 500. However, they are missing the boat on both the economy as well as key stock market divergences. Let us start with the economic environment. The all-important Conference Board’s Leading Indicators Index (LEI) rose a meager 0.2%. That is indicative of an economy that has little chance of repeating its 4% 2nd quarter expansion. Even…

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Questions For U.S. Stock ETF Bulls

By | Bond ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Have you studied the history of stocks in the U.S? Most people are aware of the crash in 1929 as well as the capital depreciation that occurred through 1932. Yet many may not be aware of the government stimulus in 1933 that helped the market soar 200% over the next four years. While the stimulus may have aided in pulling the markets higher in the absence of organic economic growth, stocks eventually tanked nearly 50% in a ferocious 1-year bear…

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Home Sales Data Incinerate Confidence In Economically Sensitive Stock ETFs

By | Consumer ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | One Comment

My wife and I sold two condominiums near the tail end of 2005. We could not justify owning residences that were 40% more expensive to own than to rent. Simply put, it was time to cash in. Due largely to my comfort with the liquidity of market-based securities, I did not wade back into the real estate investment waters until 2012. I purchased a mixed-use property in a short sale. And today, I operate Pacific Park Financial, Inc. – a…

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Sector ETFs In 2014 And 2007: The Inconvenient Comparison Feels Like A Bone In The Throat

By | Bond ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, Dividend ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Financial ETFs, Health ETFs, Internet ETFs, Materials ETFs, Real Estate ETFs, Retail ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Telecom ETFs, US Markets and ETFs, Utilities ETFs | No Comments

The S&P 500 has served up a 7%-plus return through the first six-and-a-half months of the year. That’s remarkably impressive when one considers the depth of geopolitical conflict, the implication of structural under-employment, the October end of quantitative easing (QE3) and the strong possibility of a significant change to the legislative branch this November. Naturally, some investment sectors of the economy have outperformed others. Here’s a peek at the 2014 year-to-date results: Sector ETF Performance (1/1-7/21) in 2014    …

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The Bears On Gold ETFs Are Wrong

By | China ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Currency ETFs, Current Affairs and ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Global ETFs, Materials ETFs, Natural Resources ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | No Comments

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with modestly depreciating currencies. Theoretically, tactics designed to devalue a currency as well as push borrowing rates into the basement should strongly benefit precious metals like…

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Susceptibility 101: ETFs That Are Exceptionally Far From Respective Trendlines

By | Alt Energy ETFs, Biotechnology ETFs, Energy ETFs, ETF Philosophy, ETF Strategy, Health ETFs, Industrial ETFs, Materials ETFs, Special Sectors ETFs, Technology ETFs, US Markets and ETFs | 2 Comments

Are investors cautiously optimistic? Probably. A little bit greedy? Maybe. Yet I would be hard-pressed to describe the current psychology in terms of euphoria. The most apt descriptor is complacency. Keep in mind, geopolitical tensions are rising in the Middle East, Ukraine and off the coastal waters near China. Not surprisingly, gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high with the price of crude holding well above $100 per barrel. Yet none of these troubles have impeded the historic rally for U.S….

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