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ETF Investors React With Caution To A Weakening Consumer

Last week, board members of the Federal Reserve signaled that they may begin hiking overnight lending rates as early as 2015.  A majority of analysts believe that the message is in line with an anticipated acceleration of U.S. economic growth and a more robust expansion. Similarly, economists polled by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) [...] Continue Reading...


U.S. Stock ETFs Completely Decouple From U.S. Economic Concerns

Can we really attribute all of the horrendously weak economic data to icy pavements and polar vortexes? The Institute of Supply Management (ISM) services sector report for February recorded its weakest data point in four years (51.6), posting a percentage decline that is the second worst ever. In the same report, a sub-index on jobs [...] Continue Reading...


Diversification Across ETF Asset Classes Reclaims Its Mojo

Glum economic data derailed U.S. stocks in January. A mammoth “miss” for manufacturing activity, an unsettling decline in mortgage applications as well as an appalling “net-new-jobs” number were some of the high-profile culprits. At long last, it seemed as if the market might treat bad news as a reason to recoil. Here in February, though, disappointing [...] Continue Reading...


Develop Your “They May Never Completely Quit QE” Buy List

Emerging market ETFs are pulling back sharply from gains that they had achieved in recent months. The countries with the largest drops in the past few days are those that are most dependent on foreign capital to finance their super-sized deficits. In essence, speculation that some of the world’s central banks may pare back the [...] 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...


3 Reasons To Consider Transportation ETFs

History tends to punish bull markets when speculative frenzies hover around a narrowing list of stand-outs (e.g., Netflix, First Solar, etc.), an increasing number of initial public offerings (e.g., Twitter, Container Store, etc.) and/or a dramatic rise in margin debt.  Perhaps ominously, all three circumstances currently exist, with margin debt at an all-time peak and [...] 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...


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...


ETFs for the “Third Scenario”

In 2013, Mondays have been noticeably superb for U.S. stock investors. Tuesdays have been even more spectacular; in fact, until a few weeks ago, the Dow closed higher on 20 consecutive occasions. However, what began as a siren song of riskless gains back in November could be shifting in pitch and tempo. The Dow has risen [...] Continue Reading...


U.S. Manufacturing Shrinks. Should You Rethink Your Exposure to High Beta ETFs?

The possibility of the Federal Reserve slowing its bond purchasing program sent interest rates rocketing in May. Rate-sensitive assets — dividend stocks, REITs, MLPs, preferreds, muni bonds — all began to depreciate in value. By the end of the month, even common stocks began to stammer. Here on the first trading day of June, however, the [...] Continue Reading...


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