Are The Tailwinds For Stocks Turning Into Tornadoes?

24 November 2015 at 12:17 pm by Gary Gordon

Recently, I was speaking with one of the co-founders of the popular exchange-traded fund web site, ETF Database. He wanted to get my thoughts about the problems with “buy-n-hold.” I did not hesitate to give him an earful. Rather than chronicle my conversation in its entirety, or reiterate my commentary from dozens of previous articles [...] Continue Reading...

November 22, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

22 November 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & the Fed, Stock Valuations & ETFs, ETFs & Stock Buybacks, Retail ETFs, ETFs & Diversification Click here to listen to the show: 11-22-2015 Continue Reading...

Why Stocks Are Getting Riskier By The Day

19 November 2015 at 11:44 am by Gary Gordon

The central bank of the United States (a.k.a. the Federal Reserve) may hike its overnight lending rate in December. Committee members are also discussing plans to phase out the reinvestment of principal on balance sheet securities. Translation? Borrowing costs are set to move higher. The Fed is tightening for the first time in nearly a [...] Continue Reading...

Asset Class Update: Is Diversification Still A Free Lunch?

17 November 2015 at 12:04 pm by Gary Gordon

According to Barry Ritholtz of Ritholtz Wealth Management, a frequent contributor to CNBC as well as Bloomberg, “the beauty of diversification is that it’s about as close as you can get to a free lunch in investing.” Since 2011, however, investors who diversified in stocks outside of the U.S. and who diversified across other asset [...] Continue Reading...

November 15, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

15 November 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Europe & ETFs, Global Economic Growth & ETFs, Commodity ETFs, ETFs & Market Breadth, The Fed & ETFs, ETFs & Interest Rates Click here to listen to the show: 11-15-2015 Continue Reading...

Why The U.S. Stock Market Never Completely Recovered

12 November 2015 at 2:01 pm by Gary Gordon

Some things go unnoticed. For example, the S&P 500 rallied 13% off its closing lows (1867) set in late August. Lost in the shuffle? The popular benchmark has yet to revisit its closing highs (2130) registered back in May. In essence, the corrective activity that began in the springtime as a function of a faltering [...] Continue Reading...

The Pace Of Fed Tightening And The Next Stock Bear

10 November 2015 at 10:50 am by Gary Gordon

There have been seven bear markets over the last 43 years. The Federal Reserve has played a part in most, if not all, of those bear markets. Before looking at the bear markets themselves, let’s look at the impact of Fed policy on the 10-year Treasury Note. During the inflation-wracked 1970s, the central bank of [...] Continue Reading...

November 8, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

08 November 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Energy ETFs, Global ETFs, ETFs & the Fed, US Dollar & ETFs, ETFs & Market Breadth, Equally-Weighted Index ETFs, ETFs & Current Allocations, ETFs & Yield Spreads Click here to listen to the show: 11-8-2015 Continue Reading...

Can Service-Oriented Sectors Manufacture A Healthy Bull In Stocks?

05 November 2015 at 11:51 am by Gary Gordon

The Institute for Supply Management (ISM) reported that its services index climbed to 59.1 for October. Any reading above 50 represents economic expansion. Meanwhile, the ISM’s manufacturing index limped to the barn with 50.1. Not only is the percentage teetering on the brink of contraction, but the nine point disparity represents the widest divergence between [...] Continue Reading...

Financial Markets Have Not Been Handing Out Participation Trophies

03 November 2015 at 11:25 am by Gary Gordon

I watch more football than I should. It may have something to do with the ability to see any game or any highlight on DirecTV in real time. Or perhaps there are few parenting responsibilities with my 19-year old daughter attending college 60 miles south of our Orange County home. Or maybe it’s a semi-conscious [...] Continue Reading...

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