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3 New Year’s Resolutions An ETF Investor Can Keep

The first Monday after the New Year’s celebration is unofficially known as, “Blue Monday.” Apparently, media outlets are crediting a United Kingdom purveyor of protein drinks with coming up with a name for the most depressing day of the year. Granted, it may sound as though I am making this up or perhaps pulling it [...] Continue Reading...


How Diversified ETF Portfolios Can Make You Feel Like A Loser

Financial professionals often talk about the importance of diversifying across the asset classes. Had you chosen to do so in 2013, however, you may be feeling less giddy than the “Holy Cow, Look at the Dow” cheerleaders on CNBC. ETFs For 14 Asset Classes 2013 YTD Approx % Large Cap US: SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) 31.9% Mid [...] Continue Reading...


Should You Harvest Energy ETFs?

How good were the employment reports of October and November? It depends who you ask. Those who believe the job market is dramatically improving want you to look at the raw number of new jobs created as well as the headline U-2 unemployment percentage; several hundred thousand jobs have been added to payrolls each month [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETFs To Consider For Reasons Other Than Ultra-Low Interest Rates

I have met David Kotok, chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, at several conferences in which we have both been speakers. He is intelligent, amiable and approachable. Recently, I read an article by Mr. Kotok on whether or not Federal Reserve tapering constituted tightening. He suggested that it may not be. He also maintained that Cumberland [...] Continue Reading...


Are Oil ETFs the Answer?

Oil ETFs may have surged on word of a potential U.S. strike on Syria. Those that have been paying attention, however, realize that West Texas Crude has been comfortably above $100 per barrel for quite some time. Moreover, commodity ETFs/ETNs that track oil and gasoline have performed remarkably well year-to-date. The Re-Emergence Of Oil ETFs/ETNs Approx YTD [...] Continue Reading...


Are Energy and Technology ETFs Cheap?

What exactly makes an exchange-traded fund in a given economic segment “cheap?” I am beginning to think that the concept is as arbitrary and as disobliging as the automatic spending cuts in Washington D.C. For example, Russ Koesterich is the Chief Investment Strategist for Blackrock. I genuinely enjoy reading his perspectives on “everything iShares.” Indeed, every [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs That May Get A Lift From Snowstorm Nemo

Investing in stock assets when the S&P 500 is hitting fresh highs can be as dangerous as driving on a yet-to-be-plowed stretch of highway. You may get to your destination without a hitch. Then again, you might spin out of control and crash. At present, both the Eurozone’s ongoing recession and “Snowmageddon” on the East Coast [...] Continue Reading...


Overbought and Overvalued Market? Consider One Or More Unconventional ETFs

What are the alternatives for an investor when a large majority of assets are fundamentally overvalued and technically overbought? One can wait to participate, of course. Even if there are no obvious reasons for sellers to enter the marketplace, they always do. On the other hand, stock fund managers are being flooded with cash that they [...] Continue Reading...


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 — data like book value, cash flow and earnings — to determine overpriced and under-priced sectors. My first reaction to [...] Continue Reading...


Taxing The Wealthy Part II: MLP ETFs Experience A “Double Whammy”

Over the last 20+ years, my opinions have aroused emotional reactions from readers and listeners alike. And the forum — national talk radio, podcast, newspaper, magazine, digital ink — has been far less critical than the topics themselves. For example, I was one of a handful of original ETF advocates in the mid-90s when few people [...] Continue Reading...


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