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Profit Takers Bid Farewell to the Highest-Flying Stock ETFs. Should You?

In 1986, I visited the Philippine Stock Exchange. There were few, if any, computers on the floor. Black markers registered trading activity on a giant whiteboard. And the feeling that I came away with was that I had caught a glimpse of an incomplete science experiment. Today, however, a number of frontier economies have upped their [...] Continue Reading...


Frontier Market ETFs Or Emerging Market ETFs?

Daisy Maxey is a talented financial columnist for WSJ.com. Ms. Maxey also follows me on Twitter. Not surprisingly, then, I may be slightly hesitant to question the timing of her recent feature, “Frontier Market Funds Offer Promise, Risk.” By the percentages, Ms Maxey cites data that is supposed to represent opportunity in the least developed countries [...] Continue Reading...


How Long Will Stock Market Exuberance Last? These 3 ETFs May Tell You

According to EPFR Global, money poured into stock funds at a faster pace over the last week than at any time since September of 2007. For those who may not immediately recognize the date as particularly significant, October 2007 kicked off one of the most volatile and bone-jarring bear markets in U.S. history. By no means [...] Continue Reading...


Exporter ETFs Unfazed By U.S. Political Drama

The S&P 500 traded in a 20-point range on Thursday, 12/27. And most of that activity was consistent with risk-off, “sell-it-all” fretfulness. What have investors been fretting? What else… the fiscal stand-off. Early on Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid sent broader indexes 1% lower on statements suggesting that a budget deal could not be reached before year-end. Later [...] Continue Reading...


Unique Alternatives For Extremely Overbought ETFs

Since the summertime lows, a number of themes have gained enormous traction. U.S. real estate is benefiting from ultra-low mortgage rates, limited supply and remarkable demand from overseas buyers. Chinese leadership continues to provide just enough government support to maintain economic targets. And the European Central Bank (ECB) is having success at containing its sovereign [...] Continue Reading...


Reversal of Fortune: Asia ETFs Lead the Way After 2-Year Hiatus

Nearly two months ago, Ben Bernanke announced an open-ended promise for the Federal Reserve to purchase $40 billion in mortgage-backed bonds every month. Prior to the 9/13 announcement, investors expected another round of electronic money printing, yet the size and scope of the plan exceeded everyone’s expectations. U.S. stocks surged to multi-year highs through the [...] Continue Reading...


Economically Sensitive Stock ETFs Have Struggled Since The Fed’s Mortgage-Backed Bond Initiative

It may not take much to send the markets down these days. A profit miss by Google. A weak revenue showing by McDonalds. Or perhaps the most detrimental data point of the week: Existing home sales fell 1.7% on a year-over-year basis. With interest rates this low, properties have become increasingly affordable. Yet existing homeowners who [...] Continue Reading...


Three ETF Categories That Are Not Afraid Of The Big Bad Cliff

The second presidential debate served up smoke, mirrors, sound and fury. However, it did very little to advance either candidate’s prospects. In brief, the Kabuki theatrical production was entertaining, but it may not have swayed many voters. Shockingly, for all the tax rate rhetoric, neither candidate detailed a vision for avoiding a fiscal cliff calamity. If [...] Continue Reading...


QE3 Continues To Rev Up Emerging Market Corporate Bonds And Currencies

In the steamy September days (9/13-9-14) of central bank euphoria, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke announced that the Fed would immediately begin purchasing $40 billion in mortgage-backed securities each month. What’s more, the chairman did not include an end date for the quantitative easing program known as “QE3.” Bernanke’s summertime bazooka sent S&P 500 stocks skyward, [...] Continue Reading...


A Stealth Recovery In Emerging Asian ETFs?

There has been so much negativity with regard to emerging Asian equities over the last 12-18 months. Some of it has been attributable to concerns of a “hard economic landing” in China, while some of it has been due to fears regarding Europe’s recession and debt crisis. Nevertheless, U.S. equities at the higher end of the S&P 500’s trading range (1278-1420). And [...] Continue Reading...


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