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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...


3 New Year’s Resolutions An ETF Investor Can Keep

The first Monday after the New Year’s celebration is unofficially known as, “Blue Monday.” Apparently, media outlets are crediting a United Kingdom purveyor of protein drinks with coming up with a name for the most depressing day of the year. Granted, it may sound as though I am making this up or perhaps pulling it [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Investor Implications Of An Absence In Sector Rotation

Over the last month, investors have witnessed a variety of strange events. The Republican party ungracefully bowed out of its bid to derail Obamacare during the tail end of the government shutdown. The Democrat party helplessly attempted to control damage associated with scores of consumers not being able to keep their health plans or their [...] Continue Reading...


The ETFs To Buy Near Dow 16000

My wife Denise asked me why stocks were hitting record highs this morning (11/18/13). I grinned in a manner that probably appeared smart-alecky. For one thing, stock benchmarks hit record peaks on numerous occasions over the last two months without much in the way of resistance. The only difference on this particular Monday are the [...] Continue Reading...


Why The Rich ETFs Keep Getting Richer

One of the defining debates of our time is what to do about income disparity. Nobody disputes that the wealthy have become much wealthier, particularly over the last five years. At the same time, the poor have become impoverished (e.g., 50 million on food stamps, etc.); meanwhile, middle class families are barely treading water. Yet [...] Continue Reading...


What Can Apple Teach ETF Investors About Performance Chasing?

The hottest ETFs have taken the biggest hit over the past five trading days. Global X Social Media (SOCL), Market Vectors Biotech (BBH) and iShares Russell 2000 Small Cap Growth (IWO) have shed 7.0%, 6.5% and 4.0% respectively. Most attribute the over-sized losses to generalized anxiety over the debt ceiling showdown between Congress and the [...] Continue Reading...


Why Is The Medical Devices ETF Enjoying The Spotlight?

Price-to-earnings (P/E) ratios have been rising over the course of the four-and-a-half year bull market. It follows that there are fewer and fewer bargains. Indeed, a quick screen at Morningstar reveals a dwindling universe of stocks with Forward P/Es that are lower than their respective five year averages. Similarly, Morningstar is relatively stingy when it comes [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Categories That Just Keep On Winning

Stocks as an asset class have shrugged off a wide variety of risks throughout the year. Sequestration failed to derail equity enthusiasm. The May-June interest rate spike did little to deter dip-buyers. And I suspect that any actual downside for the markets in October, whether caused by political strife or disappointing economic data, will ultimately [...] Continue Reading...


Sector ETF Reaction to Budget Impasse

It has been five trading days since “no-taper” euphoria has passed. In that time, U.S. stock assets have been falling, though the declines have been modest. Most investors continue to believe that a last-minute deal will be struck and that a bearish retreat like the 2011 correction is improbable. Nevertheless, different economic sectors appear to be [...] Continue Reading...


Tech and Healthcare ETFs… Are They All That We Have Left?

On Monday, 8/19/2013, U.S. stocks logged their first 4-day losing streak of the calendar year. Until recently, the idea of a pullback had begun to seem far-fetched. The S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) had been hitting high after record high with remarkable ease. Now the only “rally talk” is centering on how high longer-term bond [...] Continue Reading...


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