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Europe’s QE Experiment: Adding Stock ETF Exposure And Hedging Against The Unforeseen

The scope (current euro-zone member nations) and size ($1.1 trillion euros) of the European Central Bank’s latest stimulus effort has delighted the worldwide investing community. In fact, many began betting on a monumental quantitative easing “project” the minute that Europe registered year-over-year deflation of -0.2% for the month of December. This can be seen in [...] Continue Reading...


How Long Before “They’re Raising Rates” To “They’re Considering QE4?”

The media are telling us that U.S. stocks have been under pressure this January due to global growth fears and an accompanying rout across the entire commodity space. Yet that only tells a small part of the story. After all, the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) has performed quite admirably over the past three years, [...] Continue Reading...


The Best ETFs For Positioning Your Portfolio In 2015

At the beginning of each New Year, Seeking Alpha, the popular financial web portal, interviews Gary Gordon for its¬†Positioning for 2015 series. Here is a transcript of that exchange. SA’s Carolyn Pairitz (CP): How would your clients describe your investing style/philosophy? Gary Gordon (GG): My clients would recite my mantra‚Ķ There are four possible investing outcomes (i.e., [...] Continue Reading...


The 3 “Macro” Questions Investors Must Ask Heading Into 2015

I am ecstatic that the majority of my client base had 65%-70% long exposure in lower-volatility stock ETFs over the last two trading sessions. The S&P 500 picked up roughly 4.5%, which means that these portfolio balances rose approximately 3.0% since the U.S. Federal Reserve promised to be “patient” with respect to raising overnight lending [...] Continue Reading...


Are The Media Exaggerating The Bull Market?

Notorious bears like Peter Schiff and John Hussman have been warning about the bull market’s inevitable demise for many years. Ignoring their gloom-n-doom predictions has been the better way to go. After all, six years of zero percent interest rate policy by the U.S. Federal Reserve successfully reflated portfolios heavily tilted toward U.S. equities. On the [...] Continue Reading...


U.S. Large Cap Stocks: The Only Risky Asset Class Capable of Avoiding a Chaotic World?

It should not be too difficult for investors to remember the financial media’s general recommendation for stock exposure in the previous decade. Based primarily on the enormous success of emerging markets and developed foreign markets – talking heads on CNBC regularly talked about total market cap of world equities being a 50% split between the [...] Continue Reading...


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...


3 Seemingly Crazy ETF Ideas

Japan has now registered two consecutive quarters of economic contraction – a persistent absence of growth that defines most recessions. For worse or for better, the world’s third largest economy will simply commit additional electronic money printing resources to acquire more Japanese stock and bond assets. This activity weakens the yen which, in turn, emboldens [...] Continue Reading...


Three Critical ETF Trends That Require Monitoring

When influential managers (e.g., large financial institutions, hedge funds, etc.) borrow low-yielding assets to invest in higher-appreciating, higher-yielding ones, they are engaging in a speculative art. What is the nature of the artwork here in 2014? Borrow as much yen and euro at negligible rates as possible to finance the acquisition of U.S. stocks and [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Flows: Nobody Believes In Europe, Everyone Believes In North America

The SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) trades at a P/E (trailing 12 months) of 18.64 and a P/B of 2.7. The average P/E ratio since the 1870’s is roughly 15, while the current P/B is higher than 82% of the bull market tops since the mid-1920s. Although several may try to describe the U.S. stock market [...] Continue Reading...


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