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Are Energy and Technology ETFs Cheap?

What exactly makes an exchange-traded fund in a given economic segment “cheap?” I am beginning to think that the concept is as arbitrary and as disobliging as the automatic spending cuts in Washington D.C. For example, Russ Koesterich is the Chief Investment Strategist for Blackrock. I genuinely enjoy reading his perspectives on “everything iShares.” Indeed, every [...] Continue Reading...


Are Small Cap ETFs Still Beautiful?

Over the last 3 months, U.S. small cap stocks as well as foreign and emerging market small caps logged spectacular profits. Moreover, they beat the pants off of larger-cap competition. Consider the recent highs in various price ratios. For instance, SPDR S&P Emerging Market Small Cap (EWX):iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) demonstrates increasing relative strength for [...] Continue Reading...


Value ETFs Have All Of The Momentum That Growth ETF Investors Crave

Ten short weeks ago, financial journalists celebrated a growth stock renaissance in 2012, applauding the super-sized gains for growth funds and downplaying the performance of value-oriented counterparts. Year-to-date (through 10/1), large-company growth mutual funds had amassed 17.1% whereas large-cap value mutual funds had picked up 14.3%. John Wagoner of USA Today explained that the lag had to [...] Continue Reading...


Insider Sentiment ETF Shows More Promise Than Insider Selling Data

According to Paul La Monica at CNN Money, the level of insider selling is near the highest that it has been in a decade. Specifically, close to 1800 S&P 500 executives cashed in shares over the most recent 3-month period. Does this mean that the “smart money” is leaving equities? Or do perma-bears love to point [...] Continue Reading...


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...


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