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Three Potential Surprises To Tempt The “Early Bird” ETF Investor

After eight consecutive weeks of U.S. stock dominance, a few days of selling pressure should not come as a shock to anyone. In fact, it does not matter if the profit-taking is due to the worst retail report for Black Friday revenue since 2006 or if it is due to record-setting purchases on Cyber Monday; [...] 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...


What ETF Investors May Buy Shortly After Tax-Loss Harvesting Season

Gold mining stocks have had a shockingly dismal year. For example, investors of Newmont Mining (NEM) shares have witnessed a 40% decline in just ten months and a day. Worse yet, owners of the stock are exceptionally likely to sell over the coming months to offset capital gains. Indeed, tax-loss harvesting tends to occur more [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETFs For Hedging Against A Falling Dollar

The Federal Reserve is getting ready to announce its decision to stay on its ultra-accommodative course; that is, they will continue to print $85 billion each month to buy U.S. debt and to suppress intermediate-term interest rates. However, the central bank’s rationale for avoiding the choice to taper its bond buying may not sit well [...] Continue Reading...


Equal Weight ETFs: Will Tilting Your Portfolio Help You Or Hurt You?

Over the years, I have written articles extolling the virtues of “Equal Weight” ETFs at the expense of traditional market-cap weighted index ETFs. The folks at Rydex (now Guggenheim) certainly appreciated my observations; several equal-weight advocates even asked for republishing rights. Here are a few examples: 1. Equal Weight Edging Out Market Cap (June, 2007). In this [...] Continue Reading...


Are Metal Miner ETFs Producing Again?

Prior to the collapse of real estate, tradable securities as well as dozens of global financial heavyweights in 2008, investors bet heavily on emerging market growth. Indeed, exporting powerhouses — Brazil, Russia, China — had benefited from an increasing worldwide demand for natural resources. Additionally, economists had ballyhooed the purchasing power of hundreds of millions [...] Continue Reading...


Resources-Based ETFs Coming Back From The Dead

If one focused his/her attention solely on year-to-date performance, he/she might eschew foreign stock ETFs altogether. With the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) and the iShares S&P Mid-Cap 400 (IJH) garnering 18% and 22% respectively, who needs to dabble in emerging markets? After all, Vanguard Emerging Markets (VWO) registered a dismal 9-month showing of -8%. Think [...] 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...


Metals ETFs, Bond ETFs Sniff Out The Unlikeliness Of Fed Action In September

If you typically review the first few paragraphs of conventional media reports, you might conclude that the United States is creating jobs at a torrid clip. Headline unemployment registered a 4 1/2 year low at 7.3%. What’s more, 169,000 positions in August sure sounds like a lot of new workers, doesn’t it? The inconvenient truth of [...] Continue Reading...


A Meaningful Rotation Into China ETFs and Resources-Related ETFs?

Near the start of the present bull market for U.S. stocks, an ultra-accommodating Federal Reserve pushed interest rates lower. In fact, 10-year yields tied to mortgages had journeyed to unbelievably low levels across a four year span; meanwhile, stocks rocketed to all-time records. Today, we still have an ultra-accommodating central bank. And, historically speaking, interest rates [...] Continue Reading...


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