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Buyback ETFs: Hold Off On The U.S. Version, Evaluate The International Adaptation

According to a study by LPL Financial, the “smart money” may be exiting equities. Hedge funds, institutions, insiders and foreigners were net sellers of stock in June. The net buyers? Individuals and corporations. The brokerage firm’s chief market strategist, Jeffrey Kleintop, further explained that companies buying back shares of their own stock accounted for most [...] 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...


3 Rate-Sensitive ETF Categories Demonstrate High-Caliber Endurance

Many of the word’s most respected economists projected the direction of interest rates at the start of the year. The average assessment? Experts collectively anticipated that the 10-year Treasury bond yield would rise from 3.03% to 3.41% by the end of 2014. I didn’t see it. For one thing, the well-being of real estate in a below-trend [...] Continue Reading...


When The S&P 500 Breaks A Record, Reduce Your ETF Portfolio Risk

In the history of the NBA Finals, no team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit. Miami Heat believers explained that records were meant to be broken. And Lebron James asked, “Why not us?” To the dismay of some basketball fanatics, the San Antonio Spurs mercifully disposed of their inferior competition in the fifth game. [...] Continue Reading...


Three ETF Investments For Persistent Euro Weakness

One of the key themes that I presented at the start of 2014 was the notion that capital would begin shifting abroad. Attractive valuations compared to U.S. equities, ongoing stimulative measures in Europe as well as “carry trade” funding of higher-yielding assets contributed to several high conviction purchases. Chief among them? iShares MSCI New Zealand (ENZL). [...] 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...


Eventual “QE” For The Euro-Zone? Consider European Index ETFs

The European Central Bank (ECB) did not really surprise anyone with its well-telegraphed rate cuts on 6/5/2014. Yet risk assets of all shapes, sizes and geographic origins rallied a bit more than most had anticipated. The reason? Not only did the ECB slash its overnight lending rate — not only will they charge banks for [...] 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...


The Great ETF Rotation Is Accelerating

Back on April 9, I talked about a “Great Rotation” away from momentum plays (e.g., biotech, Internet, small-cap growth, etc.). Where did the smart money go? Demand had been picking up for the least popular asset classes from 2013, including long-dated treasuries, select emerging markets as well as commodities. Five trading weeks have passed since I [...] Continue Reading...


Reduce Your ETF Risk Without Forsaking Well-Deserved Rewards

Chief market technician at MKM Partners, Jonathan Krinsky, is the latest commentator to add perspective on the trouble with U.S. small-cap stocks. He noted that roughly 80% of large-cap S&P 500 components are currently trading above their long-term trendlines (200-day), while only 40% of small-cap Russell 2000 components are above their 200-day moving averages. According [...] Continue Reading...


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