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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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How Long Before “They’re Raising Rates” To “They’re Considering QE4?”

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The media are telling us that U.S. stocks have been under pressure this January due to global growth fears and an accompanying rout across the entire commodity space. Yet that only tells a small part of the story. After all, the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) has performed quite admirably over the past three years, blissfully unresponsive to the global growth woes reflected in ETFs like Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) and iPath SJ-UBS Commodity Index (DJP). If foreign economic stagnation…

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Are The Media Exaggerating The Bull Market?

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Notorious bears like Peter Schiff and John Hussman have been warning about the bull market’s inevitable demise for many years. Ignoring their gloom-n-doom predictions has been the better way to go. After all, six years of zero percent interest rate policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve successfully reflated portfolios heavily tilted toward U.S. equities. On the other hand, the fact that the financial media focus so heavily on the largest U.S. corporations is a monstrous disservice to investors. The “presenters”…

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Are Stocks Really The Only Game In Town?

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Contrarians must be thinking about the sustainability of the year-end stock rally after six weeks of remarkable gains. The most recent AAII Investor Sentiment Survey discovered that a whopping 52 percent of respondents were bullish, far surpassing the long-term trend of 39 percent. Meanwhile, nearly $43 billion of inflows poured into U.S. equity ETFs in the prior month – an amount not seen since December of 2007. In truth, contrarians would not be the only investor type with reason to…

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Stick With Stock ETFs, But Consider A Multi-Asset Hedge

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According to updated GDP reports, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest back-to-back quarterly rate since 2003. Yet few would attribute the U.S. dollar’s surge against competing currencies to the upbeat news. Rather, the dollar’s ascent is mostly a function of declining economies in Europe and Asia. Even the most ardent optimists realize that the dollar’s strength began in July in a summertime flight to perceived safety. Still, many can still argue that the greenback’s dominance is not entirely related…

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A Diversified, Safer Way To Hedge Against Stocks Using ETFs

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There are plenty of ways that you can hurt a man and bring him to the ground. You can beat him, you can cheat him, you can treat him bad and leave him when he’s down. Queen – Another One Bites The Dust Over the last 12 months, most efforts to hedge against U.S. stock risk have proven to been an exercise in disappointment. And that’s if you merely chose milder forms of hedging, such as losing dollars with numerous…

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

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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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When The S&P 500 Breaks A Record, Reduce Your ETF Portfolio Risk

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In the history of the NBA Finals, no team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit. Miami Heat believers explained that records were meant to be broken. And Lebron James asked, “Why not us?” To the dismay of some basketball fanatics, the San Antonio Spurs mercifully disposed of their inferior competition in the fifth game. History did not crumble; rather, it went with the odds. Equally compelling, a relative unknown in Kawhi Leonard earned the Most Valuable Player award…

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Three ETF Investments For Persistent Euro Weakness

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One of the key themes that I presented at the start of 2014 was the notion that capital would begin shifting abroad. Attractive valuations compared to U.S. equities, ongoing stimulative measures in Europe as well as “carry trade” funding of higher-yielding assets contributed to several high conviction purchases. Chief among them? iShares MSCI New Zealand (ENZL). While smaller nations often get overlooked when it comes to investor asset allocation, I argued that New Zealand presented a unique opportunity to participate…

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ETF Investors React With Caution To A Weakening Consumer

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Last week, board members of the Federal Reserve signaled that they may begin hiking overnight lending rates as early as 2015.  A majority of analysts believe that the message is in line with an anticipated acceleration of U.S. economic growth and a more robust expansion. Similarly, economists polled by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) foresee a 2.6% bounce in consumer spending here in 2014. If we’re going to spend more, however, wouldn’t our paychecks need to grow at a…

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