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ETF Categories That Just Keep On Winning

Stocks as an asset class have shrugged off a wide variety of risks throughout the year. Sequestration failed to derail equity enthusiasm. The May-June interest rate spike did little to deter dip-buyers. And I suspect that any actual downside for the markets in October, whether caused by political strife or disappointing economic data, will ultimately [...] Continue Reading...


Tech and Healthcare ETFs… Are They All That We Have Left?

On Monday, 8/19/2013, U.S. stocks logged their first 4-day losing streak of the calendar year. Until recently, the idea of a pullback had begun to seem far-fetched. The S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) had been hitting high after record high with remarkable ease. Now the only “rally talk” is centering on how high longer-term bond [...] Continue Reading...


3 Reasons Irrational Enthusiasm For U.S. Stock ETFs Will Continue

The city of Detroit just filed for the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history. Crude oil is pushing $110 per barrel. Microsoft, eBay, Intel and Google severely disappointed in their Q2 earnings reports. Housing starts dropped to its slowest pace in 10 months. And while it may appear unlikely to market watchers, the Fed may [...] Continue Reading...


Will the Bernanke Bubble Burst The Value Of Your ETF Portfolio?

Over the last two years, any investor who has attempted to diversify his/her portfolio has effectively been punished. PowerShares DB Commodity Tracking Index (DBC) logged a dismal -14%, iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) registered -12%, and PowerShares DB Precious Metals (DBP) posted a horrifying -29%. Could you have added significant value to your U.S. stock [...] Continue Reading...


How To Play It Safe With Stock ETFs

Transportation bellwether United Parcel Service (UPS) reduced its full-year profit forecast due to a weak economy. Fast food giant Yum Brands (YUM) experienced declines in earnings as well as revenue. Meanwhile, financial behemoth J.P. Morgan (JPM) managed to cover up waning revenue from mortgages and trading with sleight-of-hand accounting. Yet some folks in the financial [...] Continue Reading...


Choose ETFs With Relative Strength As Well As Defensive Attributes

The U.S. economy’s modest growth is attributable to the real estate market, corporate debt restructuring and big ticket consumption like auto. All of these areas are extremely rate sensitive. It follows that, with the Federal Reserve “taper talking” 10-year yields higher by 100 basis points (1%), the U.S. economy should slow in the coming months. [...] Continue Reading...


Muni ETFs, Dividend ETFs For When The Fed Smoke Clears

In a┬árecent article at WSJ.com, Jon Hilsenrath posed several hypothetical questions concerning the Federal Reserve as well as the U.S economy. As I read the piece, I found myself answering each query aloud. Later, I decided to chronicle some of the those thoughts in digital ink. Hilsenrath asked, “Might the prospect of withdrawing stimulus undermine the [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs for When the Fear of Fed Tapering Subsides

The production value of radio commercials can be nearly as comical as the quality of messages that your favorite Aunt posts to Facebook. I should know. I was a national talk radio personality during the rise and fall of the so-called New Economy (circa 1998-2005). ┬áThe network created “spots” with minimum wage or unpaid voice-over [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs for the “Third Scenario”

In 2013, Mondays have been noticeably superb for U.S. stock investors. Tuesdays have been even more spectacular; in fact, until a few weeks ago, the Dow closed higher on 20 consecutive occasions. However, what began as a siren song of riskless gains back in November could be shifting in pitch and tempo. The Dow has risen [...] Continue Reading...


3 “Tweaks” That Will Fortify Your ETF Portfolio

Extraordinary rallies off bear market bottoms are typical. Bullish run-ups in March of 2003 as well as March of 2009 registered enviable unrealized gains of 35% and 65% respectively; each advance experienced little resistance for roughly 9-10 months. Powerful moves off minor corrections are less typical, if not downright suspicious. Investors in the S&P 500 SPDR [...] Continue Reading...


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