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Discussing the Role of Volatility in Asset Allocation and Risk Management Strategies

I just returned home from the 20th Annual Global Indexing & ETFs Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. Popular topics included moving beyond cap-weighted index funds, the growing search for yield and the increasing role of volatility in the management of risk. The conference organizers had asked me to participate on the volatility panel and the moderator kicked [...] Continue Reading...


Stick With Stock ETFs, But Consider A Multi-Asset Hedge

According to updated GDP reports, the U.S. economy grew at its fastest back-to-back quarterly rate since 2003. Yet few would attribute the U.S. dollar’s surge against competing currencies to the upbeat news. Rather, the dollar’s ascent is mostly a function of declining economies in Europe and Asia. Even the most ardent optimists realize that the [...] Continue Reading...


Stock ETF Investors Should Track Junk Bond ETF Apathy

Perhaps as long as China is cutting rates and Europe is buying asset-backed securities – and as long as the U.S. maintains its policy of zero percent interest rates – investors can ignore traditional risk in stock assets. Then again, contrarian assessments suggest that participants are closing in on euphoric extremes and credit spreads are [...] Continue Reading...


Choosing Your Domestic and Foreign Stock Allocation

There are times when an important statistic simply does not pack a punch. For instance, the percentage of working-aged individuals employed in the labor force sits at 62.8%. This percentage dwells in a 36-year low cellar. Why is it so troubling? The lack of workers adversely affects middle-class consumption capability – the supposed engine that [...] Continue Reading...


Record Setting Stock ETFs: It’s About The Stimulus, Not The Economy

At the beginning of the year, analysts and economists explained why interest rates would climb significantly. They anticipated a year-end 10-year yield of 3.4%, not 2.4%. Only a few bond fund managers, doom-n-gloomers and contrarians dared to suggest that rates would drop. (For more on the topic, review my January commentary, “Against The Herd: Lower Rates, [...] Continue Reading...


Value Versus Momentum: What Should You Buy For Your ETF Portfolio

In a world of high-frequency trading, central bank rate manipulation and cross-border fund flows, fundamental value often gets pushed to the back burner. Without question, U.S. stocks are very expensive — inordinately overpriced. Nevertheless, most will opt to continue placing their faith and their hard-earned dollars in what they know. Can one pursue reasonably priced equities [...] Continue Reading...


The Bears On Gold ETFs Are Wrong

Most of the top 50 economies in the world have engaged in one form or another of monetary stimulus since the start of 2009. Halfway through 2014, most still endeavor to keep interest rates low to encourage borrowing by consumers and businesses; nearly all of those countries or regions also hope to fuel exports with [...] 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...


Bargain ETFs Are Sitting In Plain View

Last week, at the same time that the Dow had been hitting an all-time high, the Russell 2000 had been crossing below its long-term 200-day trendline. This particular divergence between U.S. large-cap stocks and U.S. small-cap stocks has only occurred on two other occasions over the past four-and-a-half decades — in early 2000 and in [...] 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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