Is It Over? 3 ETF Signals You May Use For Confirmation

21 October 2014 at 3:55 pm by Gary Gordon

Is the global economic landscape healing? Far from it. Does that typically signal good things for the U.S. stock market? No… but the U.S. Federal Reserve is extremely likely to keep overnight lending rates near zero for years to come. That discourages saving, yet encourages borrowing for the purposes of consumption and investment. Zero percent [...] Continue Reading...

October 19, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

19 October 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

The Fed & ETFs, Multi Asset Stock Hedging Strategies & ETFs, ETFs and Buy & Hold, Treasury Bond ETFs, Currency ETFs, Active Management Strategies & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 10-19-2014 Continue Reading...

Why Did ETFs Become So Popular? Fewer Folks Are Buying The Hold-N-Hope Hype

16 October 2014 at 11:25 am by Gary Gordon

Exactly how long should a buy-n-hold investor “hold?” For example, if you held the Dow Jones Industrials Average from 1916 through 1981, would you have made money in those 65 years? Not from inflation-adjusted price appreciation. Here are the returns: The above-mentioned data represent 65 years of buy-n-hold angst. Granted, naysayers might say that the dates have [...] Continue Reading...

It Is Not Too Late To Hedge Against Stock ETF Risk

13 October 2014 at 1:09 pm by Gary Gordon

Since October of 2011, the US. stock market has not only been resilient, it has repelled more water than Gore-Tex. The pullbacks in 2012, 2013 and the first eight months of 2014 have been unrepentant buying opportunities. The current downpour that began in mid-September, however, has presented bears with more compelling reasons to sell. Market valuations [...] Continue Reading...

October 12, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

12 October 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Market Corrections & ETFs, Long Term Bond ETFs, Large Cap Stock ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs, ETFs for the Barbell Investment Strategy, Lower Interest Rates & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 10-12-2014 Continue Reading...

Are All ETF Correlations Barreling Towards 1.0?

09 October 2014 at 2:54 pm by Gary Gordon

Since the S&P 500 hit 2011 on September 18, it has forfeited 4.1%. That may not represent a significant decline. Yet, the year-to-date damage across an array of 18 popular asset classes is a bit more vexing. Depreciation Across 18 Unique Asset Classes % Off 2014 High 200 Day MA Vanguard Total International Bond (BNDX) 0.0% Above Vanguard [...] Continue Reading...

The Barbell Approach To ETF Portfolio Allocation Continues To Shine

07 October 2014 at 3:33 pm by Gary Gordon

I did not invent the barbell strategy. At the start of the year, I simply offered readers a glimpse into the way that I would be managing ETF assets in the late-stage bull market. First, let me take you back to January when I explained that long-term rates would fall, not rise. The contrarian call had [...] Continue Reading...

October 5, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

05 October 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Employment Numbers & ETFs, Interest Rates & ETFs, ETFs & Diversification, ETF Strategies in Today’s Market, Small Cap ETFs, Commodities ETFs, Bond ETFs, Large Cap ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 10-5-2014 Continue Reading...

Jobs Data Great For ETFs, Grisly For The Economy

03 October 2014 at 2:02 pm by Gary Gordon

“Holy Moly!” exclaim the financial media. They marvel at a headline unemployment number of 5.9%. They celebrate year-to-date job growth that is averaging about 220,000 positions per month. “This economy is much better than people think!” However, the economic optimists are wrong. The labor market is uncommonly weak. So why did stocks rocket higher on the job [...] Continue Reading...

Is The S&P 500 Now Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

02 October 2014 at 3:19 pm by Gary Gordon

Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio. Below, I have created a hypothetical asset mix that a moderate growth investor might employ: 30% iShares S&P 500 (IVV) 25% Vanguard Total Bond (BND) 12.5% iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) 7.5% SPDR S&P Mid-Cap 400 (MDY) 5% SPDR High Yield (JNK) 5% Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) 5% [...] Continue Reading...

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