Bearish on Facebook (FB)? You Must Be Out Of Your Mind

28 April 2016 at 2:49 pm by Gary Gordon

For a number of real estate speculators, financial leverage is a path to riches. Why buy one property with $500,000 when you can buy five properties with $100,000 down on each? After all, the $2,000,000 in mortgage obligations are little more than a nuisance, particularly when the inflation-adjusted cost of borrowing is free. And the [...] Continue Reading...

The Stock Buyback Conundrum: Will Companies Keep It Up Much Longer?

26 April 2016 at 2:30 pm by Gary Gordon

Some facts are more interesting than others. For example, Liz Ann Sonders, chief investment strategist and perma-bull at Charles Schwab, recently acknowledged that “…there has not been a dollar added to the U.S. stock market since the end of the financial crisis by retail investors and pension funds.” Let the reality sink in for a moment. “Mom-n-pop” investors [...] Continue Reading...

April 24, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

24 April 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & S&P 500 Earnings, Growth Expectations & ETFs, ETFs & Credit Spreads, Corporate Stock Buybacks & Corporate Debt, Small Cap ETFs, Global ETFs, Junk Bond ETFs, Gold ETFs, Currency ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 4-24-2016 Continue Reading...

Why Should Stock Investors Pay 2016 Prices For 2012 Profits?

21 April 2016 at 3:12 pm by Gary Gordon

Since the S&P 500 logged an all-time record (2130.82) 11 months ago, there have been two violent price sell-offs of more than 10%. On both occasions, the popular index rallied back to recapture the 2100 mark. Yet the unknowable question still remains; that is, will the bull market demonstrate its durability by notching a new [...] Continue Reading...

Lack of Earnings Quality and Debt Downgrades Limit S&P 500’s Upside

19 April 2016 at 11:14 am by Gary Gordon

Four in a row. That’s how many consecutive 3-point baskets Andre Iguodala scored against the Houston Rockets in last night’s playoff game. There has also been a “4 for 4″ in the financial markets. One after another, major banks have lowered their year-end targets for the S&P 500. Most recently, the global equity team at HSBC [...] Continue Reading...

April 17, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

17 April 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

Bond ETFs vs. Stock ETFs, ETFs & Stock Valuations, Retail ETFs, Corporate Sales & ETFs, Corporate Revenues & ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 4-17-2016 Continue Reading...

Should Investors Take Notice When Reward Prospects Diminish?

15 April 2016 at 11:40 am by Gary Gordon

The world’s central banks devise conventional and unconventional ways to depress interest rates. The impact? Consumers purchase goods and services on credit with favorable financing terms. Corporations issue low-yielding debt in order to buy back shares of their own stock. And governments issue low-yielding treasuries to continue spending far more than they generate in tax [...] Continue Reading...

The S&P 500’s 788,400 Minutes: Measuring One Year-And-A-Half In The Life Of An Index

12 April 2016 at 10:02 am by Gary Gordon

There may be 525,600 minutes in a normal calendar year. However, there have been 788,400 minutes since the S&P 500 first hit 2050 in November of 2014; there have been 1,314,000 minutes since the NYSE Composite Index rose above the 10,000 level in November of 2013. In other words, lost in the narrative that “there [...] Continue Reading...

April 10, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

10 April 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

Debt & ETFs, ETFs & Wage Growth, ETFs & Employment Data, Interest Rates & ETFs, ETFs & Capital Expenditures, Defensive ETF Allocations Click here to listen to the show: 4-10-2016 Continue Reading...

Three Charts: What Debt, ‘CapEx,’ and Whole Profits Tell Stock Investors

07 April 2016 at 11:03 am by Gary Gordon

For several years now, I have expressed concern about the accumulation of debt by governments, corporations and households. Some folks seem to recognize that – across the board – total debt levels are on an unsustainable path. Others have argued that the only thing of importance is the ability to service existing obligations, and that [...] Continue Reading...

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