What The Daily 1% Price Swings Mean For ETF Investors

29 September 2014 at 2:58 pm by Gary Gordon

In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull (i.e., 2009-2011), 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the second half of the bull market. Instead, the frequency as well as the duration of setbacks lessened. There were several 7% sell-offs in 2012, a couple of 5% pullbacks in 2013 [...] Continue Reading...


When Canaries Stop Singing, Riskier ETFs Can Croak

25 September 2014 at 11:53 am by Gary Gordon

In a recent article at WSJ.com, the author interviews Michael Hartnett, a primary investment guru at Merrill Lynch. The top strategist explains that commodities, emerging markets, high-yield bonds and small-cap U.S. stocks are the “four classic canaries” in the investment mines. Moreover, he warns, the archetypal canaries have stopped singing. Yet Hartnett simply views the absence [...] Continue Reading...


Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

23 September 2014 at 3:23 pm by Gary Gordon

HSBC’s most recent Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector may be expanding, but the growth is noticeably restrained. Meanwhile, German factories registered their slowest growth in 15 months and the French manufacturing segment continues to shrink. Equally disconcerting, the [...] Continue Reading...


September 21, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

21 September 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Global Economic Weakness & ETFs, Small Cap vs. Large Cap ETFs, Fed Policy & ETFs, Bond ETFs, ETFs & Currency Valuations   Click here to listen to the show: 9-21-2014 Continue Reading...


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

19 September 2014 at 11:06 am by Gary Gordon

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 [...] Continue Reading...


What the Federal Reserve’s Policy Guidance Means For ETF Investors

17 September 2014 at 1:48 pm by Gary Gordon

The market supposedly climbs a “Wall of Worry,” at least until those concerns overwhelm participants. Yet the only apprehension that might send stock investors for the exit doors today relates to the timing and the pace of central bank rate hikes. When it comes to a number of the traditional alarms – geopolitical struggles, global [...] Continue Reading...


Bond ETFs: Selling the Rumor, Buying The News

15 September 2014 at 2:48 pm by Gary Gordon

The appetite for stock risk is softening, yet few people are talking about it. Take a look at the “Advance-Decline Line” – one of the more popular technical analysis tools for identifying potential trend reversals. It dropped below a short-term moving average (50 SMA) in early August; it is now below the key trendline in [...] Continue Reading...


September 14, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

14 September 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Market Technicals & ETFs, Market Fundamentals & ETFs, ETF Strategies for Pullbacks, Bond ETFs, Domestic vs. Foreign ETFs, Currency Hedged ETFs, ETFs & the Fed   Click here to listen to the show: 9-14-2014 Continue Reading...


Currency Hedged Stock ETFs Can Protect A Diversified Portfolio

11 September 2014 at 11:39 am by Gary Gordon

The U.S. economy has been growing at an annualized pace of roughly 2% since the current expansion began in June of 2009. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the first half of 2014 hovered around a paltry 1%. And while many contend that 2nd quarter growth at approximately 4% is signaling better times ahead, members of [...] Continue Reading...


How ETF Investors Can Prepare For A 10% Correction

09 September 2014 at 10:23 am by Gary Gordon

What is the longest period of time that the S&P 500 has traded without a 10% correction? According to Bespoke Investment Group, the record is a blissful 1,127-day run from July 1984 to August 1987. The current rally? 1,069 days. The waters are so calm, in fact, that only 13.3% of respondents to the most [...] Continue Reading...


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