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Understanding Why Rates Must Go Lower Leads To Better Risk-Adjusted Results

Is there any conceivable path for Japan – the world’s 3rd largest economy – to escape eventual default? The country owes one quadrillion yen ($8.4 trillion U.S. dollars), yet takes in only $460 billion annually. Even at negligible rates, the Japanese government must allocate approximately 40% of its total tax revenue on paying the interest [...] Continue Reading...


Government and Corporate Indebtedness Provide Investment Opportunity

The former chairmen of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke, acknowledged his belief that the Fed will not normalize overnight lending rates in his lifetime. Yet Mr. Bernanke neglected to share his contribution to the dilemma by agreeing to acquire trillions of dollars’ worth of treasuries with electronic money during his tenure. The quantitative easing (QE) [...] Continue Reading...


Stocks And Long Bonds Know That The Fed’s In A Pickle

Economists should not have been stunned by downward revisions to job creation for January and February. Similarly, analysts should not have been surprised by the painfully weak jobs data for March – information that confirmed the seriousness of the ailing U.S. economy. Some folks are clinging to the hope that the slowdown is attributable to poor [...] Continue Reading...


50% Recession Possibility Calls For A ‘Higher-Than-Usual’ Allocation To Non-Stock ETFs

Other than permanently bearish writers and investors, few address the possibility of the U.S. falling into a recession. Many conclude that the Federal Reserve’s ultra-low rate policy completely altered the landscape such that the idea of a business cycle no longer exists. Others merely ignore warning signs until, unfortunately for them, the opportunity to reduce [...] Continue Reading...


Why A ‘Rate Hike Tantrum’ Will Not Kill Bond ETFs in 2015

The 10-year Treasury note is the most recognizable, and most important, debt instrument in the world’s financial system. It is vital to foreign jurisdictions, banks and investors as a way to gain exposure to the U.S. dollar as well as interest payments backed by the full faith and credit of the U.S. federal government. Stateside, [...] Continue Reading...


Technical Breakouts For Popular ETFs On The World Stage

The current bull market for U.S. stocks is the fourth longest in history. Two others journeyed into a seventh year, while one other (1990s) enjoys the distinction as having traveled into an eighth year. Even if one subscribes to the idea that “bull markets never die of old age,” probability alone suggests that we are [...] Continue Reading...


Three Implications Of “Shifts” In Fed Policy

A large number of stocks in the Dow Jones Industrials Average have moved lower since the¬†Federal Reserve ended its quantitative easing (QE) program in late October. Telecom giants AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) have toiled. Consumer champs Procter & Gamble (PG) and Coca-Cola (KO) have struggled. Commodity-related kings like Chevron (CVX) and Caterpillar (CAT)? They’ve [...] Continue Reading...


Selling Winners In Your Portfolio Is Never Easy

It’s not an easy thing to sell an asset that you still believe has legs. I needed to reduce exposure to Vanguard Extended Duration (EDV)¬†for many of my clients, in spite of the reality that they were sitting on 14-plus months of remarkable capital appreciation and income gains. What transpired? The exchange-traded tracker hit a stop-limit [...] Continue Reading...


What the NASDAQ’s Round-Trip To 5000 Really Means

When the NASDAQ Composite Index hit 5000 in March of 2000, jubilant investors celebrated the milestone. Shortly thereafter, however, scores of individuals lost their collective shirts. Many witnessed losses of 50%, 60% or 80% of their account values on names like Cisco, JDS Uniphase and Pets.com. Back then, the euphoria was akin to unchecked greed. Today, [...] Continue Reading...


Saving Greece? What ETF Investors Should Really Be Focused On

February has been a terrible month for the U.S. economy, but a wonderful month for U.S. stocks. Translation? Investors do not believe that the Federal Reserve will raise overnight lending rates during an economic slowdown. Just how abysmal have the data been so far? Personal spending, construction spending, factory orders, international trade, business inventories, wholesale inventories, [...] Continue Reading...


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