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Is There A Changing Of The ETF Guard?

The headlines have focused on the year-to-date gains for the S&P 500 as well as the relatively minor losses for the Dow Jones Industrials. Simply stated, most investors are more comfortable hearing about the performance of popular benchmarks than the tribulations of the Russell 2000 or Japan’s Nikkei or the S&P Europe 350. On the flip [...] Continue Reading...


Don’t Fight The Fed? Don’t Fight The Treasury Bond ETF Trend

Media pundits have attributed recent stock skittishness to geopolitical tension in Eastern Europe, military conflict in the Middle East, a 4.0% initial reading for 2nd quarter GDP growth, a hawkish dissenter in the ranks of the Federal Reserve, a surprisingly strong jump in employment costs, a 10-basis point pop higher in the 10-year yield, deflation [...] Continue Reading...


Tactical Asset Allocation And The Understanding Of Longer-Term ETF Trends

One of the most common expressions in the investment world is that “one day does not a trend make.” Indeed, it would be foolhardy to over-analyze the stock and bond market reaction to the initial estimate of 4% economic growth in the 2nd quarter. What is more instructive in determining the attractiveness of asset classes [...] Continue Reading...


Sector ETFs In 2014 And 2007: The Inconvenient Comparison Feels Like A Bone In The Throat

The S&P 500 has served up a 7%-plus return through the first six-and-a-half months of the year. That’s remarkably impressive when one considers the depth of geopolitical conflict, the implication of structural under-employment, the October end of quantitative easing (QE3) and the strong possibility of a significant change to the legislative branch this November. Naturally, some [...] Continue Reading...


Why U.S. Small Company ETFs Are Losing Their Way

There has been a great deal of talk about the housing recovery. Sales of existing homes steadily rose between mid-2011 and mid-2013 on the back of a weak U.S. dollar and an increase in the money supply. Indeed, Federal Reserve monetary policy had stimulated demand for U.S. stocks as well as U.S. real estate. Yet [...] Continue Reading...


Value Versus Momentum: What Should You Buy For Your ETF Portfolio

In a world of high-frequency trading, central bank rate manipulation and cross-border fund flows, fundamental value often gets pushed to the back burner. Without question, U.S. stocks are very expensive — inordinately overpriced. Nevertheless, most will opt to continue placing their faith and their hard-earned dollars in what they know. Can one pursue reasonably priced equities [...] Continue Reading...


Are Stock ETF Investors Placing Too Much Faith In The Fed?

“The contraction in the first quarter is not reflective of the underlying state of the U.S. economy and the subsequent flow of data points to a significant snap-back in the second quarter,” explained the chief economist at Regions Financial. Keep in mind, Richard Moody, like the overwhelming majority of economic pundits, projected rising interest rates [...] Continue Reading...


Seven Investments That Are Beating The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY)

Imagine for a moment that you are not familiar with ticker symbols. Now, let me name seven contenders for your investment dollars — assets that simultaneously diversify your portfolio as well as increase your risk-adjusted performance. Ticker Symbols (Imagine That You Are Unfamiliar With Them) Approx YTD % EDV 19.0% LTPZ 14.4% CLY 11.9% MLN 11.8% BLV 11.7% PCY 10.5% BAB 9.8% SPDR S&P 500 (SPY) 6.5% Cut to the chase, right? [...] Continue Reading...


Managing ETF Portfolio Risk: Be Mindful Of Reversions To Long-Term Averages

The Internet buzzes with predictions for the next bear market. Some use fundamental analysis to make their case. For instance, Shiller’s cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings ratio for U.S. equities (PE 10) employs 10 years of trailing corporate profits. It currently stands at 25.6, while the historical average is roughly 16.5. This suggests that if U.S. large-cap stocks [...] Continue Reading...


Buy “Value ETFs” Here, Buy “Growth ETFs” Over There

Home Depot, Target, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Staples, PetSmart, Sears, Lowe’s, Walmart. What do all of these companies have in common? They sell products to the middle class. Lately, however, these retailers have not been selling a whole of their wares to middle class consumers.  Not only did they reveal disappointing top-line revenue numbers in the [...] Continue Reading...


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