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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...


August ETF Selling Into Strength

Throughout the bulk of 2013, investors became accustomed to seeing U.S. stock market benchmarks close near their intra-day highs. In August, however, we may be witnessing the birth of a disconcerting pattern whereby institutional investors sell broad-based equities into strength. Consider the trading activity on seven of the most popular ETFs on Tuesday, 8/20: On Tuesday, 8/20/2013, [...] Continue Reading...


Which Income ETFs Are Handling The “Taper Time” Pressure?

On Thursday, 8/15/2013, the 10-year yield broke through the psychological barrier of 2.75%. Since May, the intermediate-term 10-year Treasury has catapulted from a year-to-date low near 1.6% to a year-to-date high of 2.8%. Clearly, the U.S. Federal Reserve is having trouble persuading investors that — absent its $85-billion-per-month bond binge — they have the tools [...] Continue Reading...


The Rich ETFs Get Richer, The Poor ETFs Get Poorer

The best performing exchange-traded stock funds over the last three months are essentially the same ones that outperformed over the last six months and over one year. The worst performers were consistently weak over all three time periods as well. Simply stated, the rich ETFs are getting richer, while the poor ETFs are becoming impoverished. Consider [...] Continue Reading...


5 Reasons To Pursue Alternatives To More U.S. Stock ETF Exposure

In September of 2012, the central bank of the United States (a.k.a. “the Fed”) announced its largest debt-buying policy ever. The $85-billion-per-month endeavor sent mortgage rates to amazingly low levels. Real estate purchases soared, property prices rose sharply and homeowners became enamored with “3.4% Fixed for 30 years.” Naturally, the central bank hoped that its manipulation [...] Continue Reading...


Investors Take Another Look At Stock ETFs With Above-Average Yields

Morningstar offers its paid subscribers a premium service called, “ETF Valuation Quickrank.” The company offers price-to-fair value estimates for several hundred ETFs that are based upon a proprietary analysis of the underlying stock holdings. At present, each investment is being labeled as fairly valued or overvalued; you will not a find a single fund — [...] Continue Reading...


Interest Rate Volatility Slams Real Estate ETFs and Telecom ETFs

Has global monetary stimulus by the world’s central banks squashed euro-zone collapse fears forever? On Wednesday, European leaders hinted that they may withhold bailout euro-dollars from Athens due to lack of progress on government reform initiatives. The occurrence barely registered as an afterthought on most people’s radar screens. Of course, there was a time when a [...] 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...


REIT ETFs Recover On Declining Bond Yields

The 10-year Treasury flirted with a yield of 2.75% as recently as last week. That was before Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke did the Texas Two Step, clarifying the central bank’s intention to suppress interest rates for an extended period. Bernanke’s habituated partner in the rate dance? The yield hungry investor who is addicted to low [...] Continue Reading...


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