The 3 “Macro” Questions Investors Must Ask Heading Into 2015

18 December 2014 at 4:12 pm by Gary Gordon

I am ecstatic that the majority of my client base had 65%-70% long exposure in lower-volatility stock ETFs over the last two trading sessions. The S&P 500 picked up roughly 4.5%, which means that these portfolio balances rose approximately 3.0% since the U.S. Federal Reserve promised to be “patient” with respect to raising overnight lending [...] Continue Reading...

Are The Media Exaggerating The Bull Market?

17 December 2014 at 10:27 am by Gary Gordon

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 [...] Continue Reading...

U.S. Large Cap Stocks: The Only Risky Asset Class Capable of Avoiding a Chaotic World?

15 December 2014 at 10:19 am by Gary Gordon

It should not be too difficult for investors to remember the financial media’s general recommendation for stock exposure in the previous decade. Based primarily on the enormous success of emerging markets and developed foreign markets – talking heads on CNBC regularly talked about total market cap of world equities being a 50% split between the [...] Continue Reading...

December 14, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

14 December 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Volatility & ETFs, ETFs & Sovereign Debt, Multi-Asset Stock Hedge & ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs, Gold ETFs, ETFs & Oil, ETFs & the Japanese Yen   Click here to listen to the show: 12-14-2014 Continue Reading...

Three December Charts Are Emulating The September-October Swoon

10 December 2014 at 10:41 am by Gary Gordon

I may expect a few bad trading days. I may even believe that we are likely to see a modest pullback of 3%-4% in U.S. equities before Santa reinvigorates the rally. Nevertheless, a variety of indicators are foreshadowing danger – the same coal mine canaries that preceded the September-October sell-off. For example, high yield corporate bonds [...] Continue Reading...

Discussing the Role of Volatility in Asset Allocation and Risk Management Strategies

09 December 2014 at 2:02 pm by Gary Gordon

I just returned home from the 20th Annual Global Indexing & ETFs Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Popular topics included moving beyond cap-weighted index funds, the growing search for yield and the increasing role of volatility in the management of risk. The conference organizers had asked me to participate on the volatility panel and the moderator kicked [...] Continue Reading...

December 7, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

07 December 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Energy ETFs, ETFs & Multi Asset Stock Hedging, Investor Sentiment & ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs, ETFs & Oil Prices   Click here to listen to the show: 12-7-2014 Continue Reading...

Selecting The Individual Energy Stocks Over The ETFs

04 December 2014 at 10:16 am by Gary Gordon

Talk about doom and gloom. Oil bears are predicting $40 per barrel, even $30 per barrel. Meanwhile, a whole lot of folks are treating the chatter like it is a foregone conclusion. What would need to happen for oil to go from $110 per barrel at the height of Russia-Ukraine tensions down to $30 per barrel [...] Continue Reading...

Are Stocks Really The Only Game In Town?

02 December 2014 at 3:55 pm by Gary Gordon

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 [...] Continue Reading...

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

25 November 2014 at 9:44 am by Gary Gordon

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 [...] Continue Reading...

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