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What ETF Investors May Buy Shortly After Tax-Loss Harvesting Season

Gold mining stocks have had a shockingly dismal year. For example, investors of Newmont Mining (NEM) shares have witnessed a 40% decline in just ten months and a day. Worse yet, owners of the stock are exceptionally likely to sell over the coming months to offset capital gains. Indeed, tax-loss harvesting tends to occur more [...] Continue Reading...


Are Metal Miner ETFs Producing Again?

Prior to the collapse of real estate, tradable securities as well as dozens of global financial heavyweights in 2008, investors bet heavily on emerging market growth. Indeed, exporting powerhouses — Brazil, Russia, China — had benefited from an increasing worldwide demand for natural resources. Additionally, economists had ballyhooed the purchasing power of hundreds of millions [...] 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...


Foreign ETFs, Emerging Market ETFs Cheer Louder For The End Of Summers

Consider the golfer who focuses all of his game-improving efforts on hitting from the tee and the fairway. By ignoring the putter in his bag, he fails to improve at putting — an action that account for 50% of one’s overall score. Many in the financial media are no different. There is an extraordinary tendency by [...] Continue Reading...


Why Investors Are Looking At Foreign Stock ETFs For Income And Growth

PowerShares DB U.S. Dollar Bullish (UUP) traded near $22.25 per share at the beginning of September, 2012. One year later, UUP trades near the same share price. In other words, over the course of the last 12 months, the U.S. dollar has not changed much against a basket of world currencies. Why is the dollar’s ability [...] Continue Reading...


Is Inflation Back? Inflation Hedge ETFs Aren’t So Sure

Some prominent voices in the media are beginning to talk about inflation again. Gluskin Sheff’s David Rosenberg, former long-bond advocate and perma-bear on most stocks, believes that a deflationary spiral has abated; in fact, he expects inflationary pressures to build more quickly than the “there-is-no-stinking-inflation” crowd will anticipate. He has advised adding some inflation hedges [...] Continue Reading...


Is Gold Just Another Metals ETF?

There was a time when Gold ETFs seemed unstoppable. They worked when the global economy hummed. They provided relative safety when the world economy collapsed. They hedged against inflation. Heck, they even appeared to hedge against deflation. And there were very few folks who benefited from bad-mouthing the yellow metal as the commodity ran from [...] Continue Reading...


The Sector ETFs That “Dovetail” Best With The Fed Chairman’s Thinking

Is the current chairman of the Federal Reserve a genius, a knucklehead or a mere mortal? In late May, Ben Bernanke appeared to communicate that our central bank would soon be slowing down its bond purchasing program. Rate-sensitive assets from U.S. Treasury bonds to real estate investment trusts experienced a blood-letting that hardly seemed therapeutic [...] Continue Reading...


Why Infrastructure ETFs Are Overrated

Early in 2007, a prospective client informed me that he would not be placing his $1,000,000 portfolio with my company, Pacific Park Financial. He explained that another Registered Investment Adviser specialized in leveraged emerging market ETFs and that the firm’s performance was amazing. I challenged the individual to better understand daily compounding versus annual compounding, though ultimately, I [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETF Categories Correct 10% Or More

A fellow money manager recently tweeted, “I’m praying for bad econ news so that the Fed will keep buying bonds. I don’t know what else to pray for.” I felt the writer’s pseudo-pain and promptly bit down on my lower lip. After all, think about what we celebrate in the investment universe today. We want the [...] Continue Reading...


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