Archive | Defense & Aerospace ETFs

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...


Are Defense Sector ETFs A Post-Sequester Bargain?

The closest thing to bipartisanship in the presidency of Barrack Obama may have come a few weeks ago. Eight prominent Senators — four Democrats and four Republicans — have been crafting an immigration reform bill that many believe could eventually become law. However, finding common ground on economic issues has eluded members of Congress for years. [...] 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...


Media Exaggerate Exodus From Junk Bond ETFs

In my recent commentary, “An Assault on Yield-Oriented ETFs,” I discussed the reasons why the markets had been punishing income producers as much as capital appreciators. Briefly, tax rate hikes on dividends and distributions may turn out to be more onerous than those for capital gains. Additionally, I encouraged investors who had large cash positions to [...] Continue Reading...


Slumping LIBOR Rates Favor Wild-N-Crazy European ETFs

There’s been a great deal of discussion about the NASDAQ’s ability to log an 11-year high this past week. What hasn’t been mentioned, however, is that the tech-heavy composite remains 42.5% below its 12-year high. In fact, the composite would need to pole vault 74% from the current 11-year peak to recover the losses incurred from the bursting of [...] Continue Reading...


The Great Stimulus: China ETFs Getting Closer to Lift-Off

The willingness of Greek leadership to throw salt into the wounds of the global financial system is the only thing on Mr. Market’s mind. It follows that the ongoing European debt crisis continues to steal all of the headline space. Yet there are a number of economic data points that investors should not gloss over. For [...] Continue Reading...


Technically Oversold ETFs: Only A Few Are Worthy Of Consideration Today

It’s one thing to claim that the stock market is pricing in Armageddon… that emotionality is trumping rationality. It’s another thing to dismiss investor fears as silly or absurd. Along these lines, the researchers at Bespoke published a fascinating table of “technically oversold” ETFs. In Analystville, one may regard an ETF as oversold when its current price is more [...] Continue Reading...


Long-Term Thematic ETFs Or Near-Term Momentum?

Scores of investment gurus live on momentum and relative strength. They may advocate investing solely in those assets that have put together streaks over 4, 8 and 12 weeks (3 months). Other media darlings don’t care what happens in a shorter period. They may run with a particular theme for decades. For instance, Jim Rogers likes commodities and the China [...] Continue Reading...


“Unusual” Combination of ETFs Hitting New 52-Week Highs

Stocks haven’t quite “gone away” in May. In fact, the S&P 500 at 1346 remains within spitting distance of its multi-year peak of 1370. In spite of remarkable stock resilience, the 10-year treasury bond yield has dropped to a jaw-droppingly low 3.14%. That has helped Bond ETFs hit 52-week highs for the fourth consecutive week. (Remember, it wasn’t that [...] Continue Reading...


3 Of The Most Consistent Sector ETFs Available Right Now

Face it… you’ve probably been waiting for a more siginificant equity pullback. And you’ve been wondering why market participants haven’t taken more profits or waited for larger dips to put new money to work. In some ways, it may or may not be as simple as this: Short-sellers have yet to throw in the towel. It is true that investors [...] Continue Reading...


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