Europe’s QE Experiment: Adding Stock ETF Exposure And Hedging Against The Unforeseen

23 January 2015 at 9:50 am by Gary Gordon

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 [...] Continue Reading...

State of Disunion: Safer Haven Investments Diverge From Stocks

21 January 2015 at 8:19 am by Gary Gordon

The S&P 500 soared 29.6% and 11.4% in 2013 and 2014 respectively, pushing the broad market benchmark to unimaginable heights. Net inflows into U.S. stock funds, including ETFs, also set records. Unfortunately, that is not always a positive sign for the asset class. The increased participation by the world’s investors in U.S. stocks may not be [...] Continue Reading...

January 18, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

18 January 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Foreign ETFs, ETFs & the US Economy, Stock Valuations & ETFs, ETFs & the Multi-Asset Stock Hedge Index, ETF Strategies, Interest Rates & ETFs, Central Bank Policy & ETFs, Energy ETFs, Utility ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 1-18-2015 Continue Reading...

Late Stage Bull Markets: The Myth Of Stock Superiority?

15 January 2015 at 11:01 am by Gary Gordon

I recently received an e-mail from a “wannabe” hold-n-hope investor. This particular investor expressed a belief that selling positions through stop-limit loss orders or with the benefit of a 200-day moving average only proved beneficial in 1929 and 2008. I countered with the reality that reducing stock exposure via selling or hedging benefited investors in every [...] Continue Reading...

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

14 January 2015 at 10:56 am by Gary Gordon

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, [...] Continue Reading...

Defending The Use Of Stop-Limit Loss Orders With Your ETFs

12 January 2015 at 2:13 pm by Gary Gordon

With the exception of the last few years, most economic data has been entirely unimpressive. Yet bad news for the economy still meant good news for market-based securities. Why? The Federal Reserve kept renewing its bond purchasing program as well as its zero percent rate policy, providing low rates for corporate debt issuance and stock [...] Continue Reading...

January 11, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

11 January 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Oil Prices & ETFs, Small Cap Energy ETFs, ETFs & Interest Rates, Treasury Bond ETFs, ETFs & Multi-Asset Stock Hedging, US Debt & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 1-11-2015 Continue Reading...

Bears Growl At Bonds And Energy… So Buy Both

08 January 2015 at 11:36 am by Gary Gordon

Over the previous six years, the stock market is not the only thing that has gone up. Total U.S. debt has catapulted from roughly $10.5 trillion – give or take $100 billion – to $18.0 trillion. That’s a 70% increase in the country’s outstanding obligations since the start of 2009. Perhaps ironically, I have spent the [...] Continue Reading...

Proof Positive That U.S. Stock ETFs Are Not The Only Place To Be

06 January 2015 at 10:45 am by Gary Gordon

Financial professionals are blaming the latest round of risk asset uncertainty on a variety of factors, from the continuing sell-off in oil to the possibility of Greece being kicked out of the euro-zone. Still others are pointing to anxiety over the U.S. Federal Reserve’s intention to raise its overnight lending rate target in mid-2015 – [...] Continue Reading...

ETFs For The Unquestioned “Wall Of Worry”

02 January 2015 at 9:40 am by Gary Gordon

The crises of yesteryear almost seem quaint. Did investors really need to fret the possibility of the world’s 44th economy (Greece) exiting the euro-zone back in 2011? The stock market ultimately prevailed. Why did the fiscal cliff, sequestration and government shutdown concerns cause so much anxiety in 2012? U.S. stocks eventually powered ahead by roughly [...] Continue Reading...

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