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Great Rotation? ETFs Encounter A Different Kind Of Shift In 2014

Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation?” You remember the predictive theory that ultra-low yields would encourage investors to rotate out of bonds and into stocks. The notion picked up steam shortly after the Federal Reserve announced its intention to taper its quantitative easing (QE) program in May of 2013. Yield-sensitive assets of all stripes — [...] 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...


An Easy Way To Insure Against A Big Loss With Your ETFs

One of the more noticeable trends in the current U.S. stock bull has been the flip-flopping of the bears. Steven Russolillo at WSJ.com recently profiled a variety of prominent voices who received accolades in the past for extreme pessimism. Yet, even as price gains started to pile up in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, these folks [...] Continue Reading...


Why Across-The Board Negativity On Commodity-Related ETFs May Be Misplaced

Investors are punishing commodity-rich countries yet again. As popular developed market funds like iShares MSCI United Kingdom (EWU) prosper, iShares MSCI Canada (EWC) and its heavy energy allocation keep the exchange-traded tracker languishing near 52-week lows. Similarly, iShares MSCI Frontier Markets 100 (FM) continues attracting buyers, whereas copper king Chile via iShares MSCI Chile (ECH) [...] Continue Reading...


Low P/E ETFs Become Less Risky When They Boast Technical Uptrends

Many value-oriented stock pickers do not see a self-sustaining U.S. economy and they continue to play “Taps” on their trumpets. Commonly cited warning signs include: (1) The 10-year annualized price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of U.S. stocks is above 25, (2) In absolute dollar terms, the amount of borrowed money (i.e. margin debt) in the stock market [...] Continue Reading...


How Diversified ETF Portfolios Can Make You Feel Like A Loser

Financial professionals often talk about the importance of diversifying across the asset classes. Had you chosen to do so in 2013, however, you may be feeling less giddy than the “Holy Cow, Look at the Dow” cheerleaders on CNBC. ETFs For 14 Asset Classes 2013 YTD Approx % Large Cap US: SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) 31.9% Mid [...] Continue Reading...


Resources-Based ETFs Coming Back From The Dead

If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? After all, Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) registered a dismal 9-month showing of -8%. Think [...] Continue Reading...


Profitable Stock ETFs That May Not Have Appeared On Your Radar Screen

What happened to the benefit of diversifying across different types of assets? Shouldn’t it be beneficial to own a mix of foreign stocks, U.S. stocks, foreign bonds, U.S. bonds and commodities (e.g., gold, oil, etc.)? Here‚Äôs a quick look at what has transpired over the last 3 months: Asset Classes Over 3 Months (2nd Quarter) ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† 3 Months ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† U.S. Stocks [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Market Truths, Frontier Market Truths and ETF Statistics

China’s manufacturing sector is contracting, Brazil’s consumers are retrenching and India’s economy is growing at the slowest pace in a decade. Is it any wonder that commentators as well as investors are abandoning the concept of “BRIC” (Brazil, Russia, India, China) funds? Others muse that the real opportunities can be found in different emerging markets or [...] Continue Reading...


Does Diversifying ETFs Across the Asset Classes Cause Portfolio Abuse?

Several days ago, one of my clients referred a friend to Pacific Park Financial, Inc. The elderly gentlemen came to my office with a familiar dilemma. Specifically, he struggled to see the value of holding different asset classes in his portfolio. His investments had appreciated nicely over the years. What’s more, he was proud of the [...] Continue Reading...


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