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Three ETFs With Momentum That You Probably Don’t Know Exist

There are a variety of ways to¬†interpret stock market volatility. A rising¬†CBOE Volatility Index (VIX) often typifies¬†greater¬†fear on the part of “options” investors such that they require¬†protection against a monstrous sell-off.¬†A widening of the¬†daily trading range on a popular benchmark may also be indicative of explosive moves to the downside¬†or upside. Moreover,¬†upward revisions to the [...] Continue Reading...


Soaring Boomer Demand For Knees And Hips Should Boost Medical Devices ETF

In the 2/10/2012 edition of USA Today, journalist Janice Lloyd presented a number of sobering stats for baby boomers. For example,¬†the demand for knee replacements in the 45-64 age bracket¬†has tripled¬†over the past 10 years. What’s more, nearly 1/5 of the 4.5 million Americans who have already experienced¬†total knee replacements may eventually require revisions due [...] Continue Reading...


Relative Strength Rankings Strongly Favor Value ETFs Over Growth ETFs

How do “value” gurus determine worth?¬†Bill Miller spent 30 years at the helm of Legg Mason Value (LMVTX),¬†buying companies that he believed¬†were deeply discounted. This often meant that he would purchase shares of a company where the market had priced the shares less than what¬†was on the accounting books;¬†sometimes, he might acquire shares for less [...] Continue Reading...


What’s Wrong With Brazil ETFs?

Last October, enthusiasm for Brazil had reached epic proportions. And why not? Not only had the iShares MSCI Brazil Fund (EWZ) risen 175% off its November 2008 lows, but the country constitutes¬†one of the essential building blocks in the BRIC (Brazil, Russia, China, India) fortress. Indeed, the¬†country boasts the world’s 7th largest economy, a consumption-oriented middle [...] Continue Reading...


Insider Buying ETF Wins Big In The Bull Market

Roughly two-thirds of all Americans express a pessimistic outlook on the¬†economy as well as its future. Perhaps ironically, CNBC recently reported that¬†wealthier citizens are even more downbeat than the nation at large. One might hope that the bleak view is “transitory.” However, the middle class, upper-middle class and wealthiest among us are seriously skeptical about their¬†prospects.¬† Need [...] Continue Reading...


Bearish Implications For Bank, Insurance, Retail and Internet Networking ETFs

It often pays to gander at individual companies that are languishing on the list of New 52-Week Lows. In general, if you identify¬†a number of brand name corporations that fit into a particular industry, there’s a high probability that a Sub-Sector ETF has been¬†rattled as well. For instance, Bank of America (BAC)¬†and Hudson City¬†Bancorp (HCBK) reached [...] Continue Reading...


China ETFs: The Importance of Small Cap and Cyclical Outperformance

Riding the China equity wave since the 3rd week of February hasn’t been that difficult.¬†There have been dozens of reasons — fundamental, technical, contrarian, historical — to revisit the mainland. (See “3 More Reasons To Rethink Your China Allocation.”) On the other hand, selecting the best exchange-traded fund for the job may not have been as [...] Continue Reading...


Large-Cap ETFs Beating Small Cap ETFs, Value ETFs Beating Growth ETFs

Over the last 30 days, size has mattered. Large-Cap ETFs¬†have been significantly outperforming Small-Cap ETFs. A¬†similar event¬†has taken¬†place with respect¬†to different investing styles — value and growth. Specifically, over the last month, value-oriented ETFs have picked up ground on growth-oriented ETFs. The shifts may be subtle. In fact, these changes may not even last. Nevertheless, they are¬†definitely [...] Continue Reading...


5 Signs That ETF Investors Are “Buying” The Global Recovery

Financial papers¬†mention items on the “here’s-what-could-go-wrong” list. They’ll cite¬†the uncertainties surrounding¬†U.S. home price depreciation, state insolvency,¬†European nation¬†credit flare-ups¬†and emerging country inflation. Nevertheless, the¬†commonplace¬†assumption is that the healing will continue. And the investment community is eating it up. On the first day of 2011 trading on the U.S. exchanges, the appetite for risk came in a variety [...] Continue Reading...


Equal Weight ETFs Offer A “Compelling And Rich” Alternative

The early 80s may¬†accurately capture my¬†transition to adulthood. Yet the 70s have a grip on a treasure trove¬†of¬†childhood memories — from iZod shirts to Schoolhouse Rock to the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. The 70s also bring back a less nostalgic¬†activity… waiting on gasoline lines that stretched about a 1/2 mile down Route 22. Well, to be fair, [...] Continue Reading...


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