Is The Depreciation Across The Commodity ETF Space Surprising?

20 August 2014 at 10:34 am by Gary Gordon

What counts for an economy that primarily depends upon its consumers? Family income needs to increase beyond inflation. Otherwise, families find themselves with less purchasing power and, ultimately, those families spend less. Since the U.S. economic recovery effectively began in July of 2009, inflation-adjusted wages have actually dropped 3%. In other words, at least in terms [...] Continue Reading...

Hedged Japan ETFs May Radiate On Efforts To Further Weaken The Yen

18 August 2014 at 10:54 am by Gary Gordon

Several months before Shinzo Abe took office as the Prime Minister of Japan, the pre-ordained leader had expressed a fierce determination to jump start Japan’s economy through unconventional monetary policy measures. Like the U.S. Federal Reserve, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) would electronically create yen to acquire less liquid assets, such as government bonds. For a [...] Continue Reading...

August 17, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

17 August 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Bond ETFs, ETFs & Interest Rates, Retail ETFs, Consumer ETFs, ETFs & Europe, ETFs & Banks, Commodity ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs, China ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 8-17-2014 Continue Reading...

Has Stock Bias Adversely Affected Your ETF Asset Allocation?

15 August 2014 at 10:15 am by Gary Gordon

Bonds must be unbelievably dull. When the Dow broke 17,000 and when the S&P came withing a stone’s throw of 2,000 – media messengers enthusiastically reported the peachy particulars. In contrast, 10-year German bund yields are currently logging record lows and the vast majority of fixed income ETFs are registering 52-week highs, yet CNBC’s focus [...] Continue Reading...

These 5 ETF Charts Are Killing “Risk-On” Exhilaration

13 August 2014 at 11:30 am by Gary Gordon

Admit it. You are feeling a little bit edgy these days. While you understand that fear is the elixir of investment opportunity, you also recognize that there is little glory for the last person standing on a sinking aircraft carrier. Most in the media have been touting bull market accomplishments, job gains and economic progress. Writers [...] Continue Reading...

Emerging Market ETFs Ascend A Great Wall Of Worry

11 August 2014 at 11:44 am by Gary Gordon

If the U.S. economy and the global economy were truly in good shape, why is the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) performing so admirably in 2014? If  U.S. economic expansion as well as gross world product were actually succeeding, why is Vanguard Extended Duration Treasury (EDV) the envy of capital appreciation seekers? Lastly, if geopolitical tensions [...] Continue Reading...

August 10, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

10 August 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Treasury Bond ETFs, Fed Policy & ETFs, ETFs & Interest Rates, Small Cap ETFs, Small Cap Europe ETFs, Asia ETFs, The PIG Countries & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 8-10-2014 Continue Reading...

5 Days of Fearful Trading Provide ETF Insights

08 August 2014 at 10:26 am by Gary Gordon

Five days cannot tell you much about the future direction of market-based securities or their respective asset classes. They may, however, be able to provide insight into the more pressing issues or lingering worries on the minds of investors. For example, many folks believe that Europe’s sovereign debt crisis effectively ended in 2011 when the head [...] Continue Reading...

Is There A Changing Of The ETF Guard?

06 August 2014 at 11:48 am by Gary Gordon

The headlines have focused on the year-to-date gains for the S&P 500 as well as the relatively minor losses for the Dow Jones Industrials. Simply stated, most investors are more comfortable hearing about the performance of popular benchmarks than the tribulations of the Russell 2000 or Japan’s Nikkei or the S&P Europe 350. On the flip [...] Continue Reading...

Don’t Fight The Fed? Don’t Fight The Treasury Bond ETF Trend

04 August 2014 at 11:52 am by Gary Gordon

Media pundits have attributed recent stock skittishness to geopolitical tension in Eastern Europe, military conflict in the Middle East, a 4.0% initial reading for 2nd quarter GDP growth, a hawkish dissenter in the ranks of the Federal Reserve, a surprisingly strong jump in employment costs, a 10-basis point pop higher in the 10-year yield, deflation [...] Continue Reading...

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