Archive | January, 2013

How Do You Know When An ETF Is Actually A Bargain?

Jack Hough recently wrote an “Ahead of the Crowd” article for Barron’s on finding value in the stock market. The author cited a Merrill Lynch study that looked at core fundamental data dating back 25 years ‚ÄĒ data like book value, cash flow and earnings — to determine overpriced and under-priced sectors. My first reaction to [...] Continue Reading...


How Long Will Stock Market Exuberance Last? These 3 ETFs May Tell You

According to EPFR Global, money poured into stock funds at a faster pace over the last week than at any time since September of 2007. For those who may not immediately recognize the date as particularly significant, October 2007 kicked off one of the most volatile and bone-jarring bear markets in U.S. history. By no means [...] Continue Reading...


January 13, 2013 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

Interest Rates & ETFs, Higher Yielding ETFs, China & ETFs, Real Estate & ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 1-13-2012 Continue Reading...


How ETF Investors Might Get In On Single-Family Rentals

The leading measure for residential property, the S&P Case-Shiller Home Price Index, pointed to 4.3% year-over-year gains in the 12 months ending last October. Clearly, prices have stabilized. That said, can consumers genuinely contribute to a longer-lasting real estate recovery? For example, I recently purchased a 2nd property. My credit scores were phenomenal. The loan-to-value (LTV) [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs for Rising Consumption and Manufacturing Activity in China

There are scores of erroneous beliefs that mislead the investing public. However, few are as dangerous to one’s portfolio as the notion that economic growth correlates to stock market performance. Consider the inglorious ride for Chinese equities via SPDR S&P China (GXC). In 2010, China’s GDP growth rate topped 10%, while GXC managed a modest total [...] Continue Reading...


Abandoning High Yield Bond ETFs? Rethink Your Premises

Every year for the past 3 years, scores of pundits have predicted the demise of high yield bonds. Reasons have included record low yields for the asset class, an imminent rise in interest rates, questionable balance sheets, recession, inflation and overvaluation. In spite of gloomy forecasts, Morningstar revealed that high yield bonds have averaged 10.5% annually over the past 3 [...] Continue Reading...


January 6, 2013 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

ETFs for 2013, Asia ETFs, Investing for Income & ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 1-6-2012 Continue Reading...


Euro-Denominated ETFs May Recoil Rather Than Spring Forward

In early September, the European Bank (ECB) put its money where Mario Draghi’s mouth was. Specifically, the congregation of decision makers agreed to purchase unlimited amounts of short-term, troubled country bonds in the event that a¬†beleaguered sovereignty requested aid. (Note: A¬†country would have to agree to certain reforms, but… who genuinely wants details?) Apparently, the ECB [...] Continue Reading...


Worst ETFs In 2012? Consider Last Year’s Losers In 2013

There’s a tendency in the financial media to wrap-up calendar years with a focus on the “winners” and “losers.” Inevitably, a large number of unsophisticated investors will allocate money to the so-called best performers, while avoiding any commitment to the underachievers. Herein lies one of the biggest mistakes that ETF enthusiasts make. Specifically, they view success [...] Continue Reading...


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