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Buying An International ETF? Check Its Corresponding Currency ETF First

Nobody may have any interest in shorting the U.S. stock market right now. Yet futures traders are growing increasingly excited about the prospect of shorting certain currencies. In particular, bets that the Japanese yen will fall against the greenback are at their highest levels since the summer of 2007. Granted, a contrarian might think that [...] 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...


3 ETFs For Hedging Against A Falling Dollar

The Federal Reserve is getting ready to announce its decision to stay on its ultra-accommodative course; that is, they will continue to print $85 billion each month to buy U.S. debt and to suppress intermediate-term interest rates. However, the central bank’s rationale for avoiding the choice to taper its bond buying may not sit well [...] Continue Reading...


Which ETFs Are Benefiting From U.S. Dollar Woes?

The U.S. dollar has certainly lost value since the Federal Reserve began printing greenbacks to purchase U.S. bonds. On the other hand, most of the damage occurred at the onset of the Fed’s quantitative easing program(s). Since the “euro” came under extreme pressure during the sovereign debt crisis of 2011, and since Japan’s campaign to [...] Continue Reading...


Should You Still Desire Bond ETFs For Your Portfolio?

Nearly 12 years of ultra-easy, unconventional monetary policy in Japan have led to some of the lowest yielding bonds in the world. Specifically, the Bank of Japan (BOJ) had hoped that — by printing yen — its currency would lose value such that export demand would increase. Moreover, by simultaneously using the new-found yen to [...] Continue Reading...


Metals ETFs, Bond ETFs Sniff Out The Unlikeliness Of Fed Action In September

If you typically review the first few paragraphs of conventional media reports, you might conclude that the United States is creating jobs at a torrid clip. Headline unemployment registered a 4 1/2 year low at 7.3%. What’s more, 169,000 positions in August sure sounds like a lot of new workers, doesn’t it? The inconvenient truth of [...] Continue Reading...


Why Investors Are Looking At Foreign Stock ETFs For Income And Growth

PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (UUP) traded near $22.25 per share at the beginning of September, 2012. One year later, UUP trades near the same share price. In other words, over the course of the last 12 months, the U.S. dollar has not changed much against a basket of world currencies. Why is the dollar’s ability [...] Continue Reading...


Best ETFs For A September Stock Market Crash

Over the last few weeks, there have been an inordinate number of articles concerning the high probability of a stock market crash. One theory is that the super-sized year-to-date gains of the Dow coupled with the summertime interest rate spike is analogous to what transpired prior to Black Monday on October 19, 1987. Another premise [...] Continue Reading...


A Quadrillion Reasons to Rethink Japan ETFs

The Japanese debt dilemma is one that I have been thinking about for quite some time. In particular, how has one of the most industrious countries on the planet managed to go from a viable debt-to-GDP level of 50% in 1980 to 240% in 2013? That’s akin to a country generating $100,000 in revenue while [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETFs For Determining Whether to Raise or Lower Your Stock Allocation

U.S. stock investors have largely dismissed several market-moving forces from the previous decade. “Decoupling,” rising interest rates, the yen carry trade — many of the most powerful forces in the financial universe have been less relevant because the Federal Reserve is purchasing $85 billion in government and quasi-government bonds. More recently, however, the uncertainties of yesteryear [...] Continue Reading...


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