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Susceptibility 101: ETFs That Are Exceptionally Far From Respective Trendlines

Are investors cautiously optimistic? Probably. A little bit greedy? Maybe. Yet I would be hard-pressed to describe the current psychology in terms of euphoria. The most apt descriptor is complacency. Keep in mind, geopolitical tensions are rising in the Middle East, Ukraine and off the coastal waters near China. Not surprisingly, gasoline prices have remained [...] Continue Reading...


Are Consumer ETFs Ready To Cry Uncle?

Most folks experience anxiety about carrying any kind of debt load. Many of us do not even distinguish between the different types of debt that we owe. Of course, some debts may be “better” than others. A subsidized Stafford loan from the Federal government allows a student to defer his/her principal and interest during college, [...] Continue Reading...


Great Rotation? ETFs Encounter A Different Kind Of Shift In 2014

Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation?” You remember the predictive theory that ultra-low yields would encourage investors to rotate out of bonds and into stocks. The notion picked up steam shortly after the Federal Reserve announced its intention to taper its quantitative easing (QE) program in May of 2013. Yield-sensitive assets of all stripes — [...] Continue Reading...


Smoking Hot Emerging Market ETFs: The Real Thing Or Just Another Head Fake?

In a matter of weeks, funds like Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) surged forward by as much as 8.5%. Do investors suddenly believe that Russia, Brazil and China will collectively get their developing economies back on track? Not necessarily. Is the investing community waking up to the 40% price-to-earnings (P/E) discount for shifting capital into emergers [...] Continue Reading...


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...


The Reappearance Of Resources-Rich Country ETFs

For the better part of three years, investing in mining companies has been an exercise in extraordinary patience. A significant portion of the poor performance is attributable to the slowdown in emerging market growth. Economic weakness from China to Brazil to India has contributed to plummeting commodity prices and fresh lows for industrial metals. Shares [...] Continue Reading...


Is The Bear For Gold-Oriented ETFs Over?

Non-residential construction, home building and manufacturing have been decelerating. Nowhere is this more evident than in the new 52-week lows being set by industrial metals like iPath Copper (JJC) and multi-sector metals investments like PowerShares DB Base Metals (DBB). The latter tracks a rules-based index composed of futures contracts in widely used metals like aluminum, [...] 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, [...] Continue Reading...


Telecom, Utilities ETFs Ride The “Risk-Off” Train Alongside Lower Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program (a.k.a. “quantitative easing”) assuaged the fears of most stock market participants last year. From the fiscal cliff to the sequester spending cuts to the financial crisis in Cyprus, there were few hiccups in the price of the S&P 500. Even after May, when Chairman Bernanke hinted at curbing the controversial [...] Continue Reading...


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