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Are Record Levels Of Consumer Credit Dangerous To Your ETF Portfolio?

Technology was the best performing sector in the five years prior to the 2000-2002 stock market bear. The acceleration of dot-com mania created a boom-to-bust scenario that few had ever seen. Yet “tech” actually weakened before other segments of the economy. What’s more, corporate shares of technology companies witnessed far more violent sell-offs than stock [...] Continue Reading...


Three Reasons Top Earners Should Favor High Yield Muni ETFs

Many fear that rising interest rates will crush income-oriented portfolios. Get over it — that was last year’s news. In fact, the vast majority of high-yielding assets have been the best performers of 2014, including utility stocks, REITs as well as long-dated U.S. Treasuries. Naturally, some investors still wish to hedge against rate risks. What these [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Investors React With Caution To A Weakening Consumer

Last week, board members of the Federal Reserve signaled that they may begin hiking overnight lending rates as early as 2015.  A majority of analysts believe that the message is in line with an anticipated acceleration of U.S. economic growth and a more robust expansion. Similarly, economists polled by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) [...] Continue Reading...


Three Big Time Trends That ETF Investors May Miss

How do stock market benchmarks pop 1% out of the blue? Check your Twitter news feed. Crimea voted to join Russia as everyone anticipated. Industrial production rose more than expected in February. And the second largest e-commerce site in the world, China-based Alibaba, is getting increasingly close to an IPO date. In essence, buying the previous [...] Continue Reading...


U.S., European Stock ETFs Will Take Their Cues From Japanese Stimulus

The S&P 500 and the Dow may be toiling to reclaim the glory of all-time record peaks. On the other hand, nearly 200 ETFs have already recovered 52-week highs, terminating the notion of a lengthy stock market correction. The list of winners includes some of the biggest names from 2013, including: (a) Powershares DJ Pharmaceuticals [...] Continue Reading...


Diversification Across ETF Asset Classes Reclaims Its Mojo

Glum economic data derailed U.S. stocks in January. A mammoth “miss” for manufacturing activity, an unsettling decline in mortgage applications as well as an appalling “net-new-jobs” number were some of the high-profile culprits. At long last, it seemed as if the market might treat bad news as a reason to recoil. Here in February, though, disappointing [...] Continue Reading...


3 High Yielding ETFs That Hit 52-Week Highs

There are scores of writers, commentators and analysts who have declared the death of bonds. It should be noted that many of these people prematurely made the same declaration 10 years earlier in 2003-2004. Nevertheless, the overwhelming sentiment today is that an attempt to squeeze cash flow from a stone produces more risk than reward. For [...] Continue Reading...


Against the Herd: Lower Rates Rather Than Higher Rates In 2014

Bloomberg News surveyed banks and securities companies on where the 10-year Treasury yield would finish 2014. Economist forecasts averaged 3.41%. With 2013 closing near 3.01%, perceived strength in the underlying U.S. economy, and the Federal Reserve reining in its controversial bond buying program (”QE3″), the predictions are hardly outlandish. On the other hand, where in the [...] Continue Reading...


What Current Federal Reserve Policy Will Mean For Stock ETFs in 2014

Stock markets initially plummeted on the notion that the Federal Reserve would print less money, buy less government debt and stand by as interest rates soared into the stratosphere. Very quickly, however, Fed officials extinguished fears of skyrocketing borrowing costs by simultaneously announcing that its policy of zero-percent overnight lending would continue “well beyond” the [...] Continue Reading...


Regional Banking ETFs Stronger, Diversified Financial Sector ETFs Weaker

Some analysts expected the United States Federal Reserve to finally begin reducing the size of its money printing program. Others, myself included, believed that the Fed would not take action in 2013. Either way, I would be surprised if tapering one month — December, January, March — is not followed by an increase in electronic [...] Continue Reading...


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