Archive | Middle East ETFs

Emerging Markets Versus U.S. Small Caps: Which Provides Better Reward For The Risk?

Downward revisions to economic growth going forward have little to do with the weather in the first few months of the year. Yet economists are already concluding that gross domestic product (GDP) in the second, third and fourth quarters will be lower than originally anticipated. Similarly, the National Retail Federation (NRF) is blaming the so-called [...] Continue Reading...


Does Diversifying ETFs Across the Asset Classes Cause Portfolio Abuse?

Several days ago, one of my clients referred a friend to Pacific Park Financial, Inc. The elderly gentlemen came to my office with a familiar dilemma. Specifically, he struggled to see the value of holding different asset classes in his portfolio. His investments had appreciated nicely over the years. What’s more, he was proud of the [...] Continue Reading...


Frontier Market ETFs Or Emerging Market ETFs?

Daisy Maxey is a talented financial columnist for WSJ.com. Ms. Maxey also follows me on Twitter. Not surprisingly, then, I may be slightly hesitant to question the timing of her recent feature, “Frontier Market Funds Offer Promise, Risk.” By the percentages, Ms Maxey cites data that is supposed to represent opportunity in the least developed countries [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Market Stock ETFs: Too Much Risk For Too Little Reward?

Wayne Lin manages money at Baltimore-based Legg Mason Inc. In a phone interview with the folks at Bloomberg, he explained that many investors have been surprised by the significant under-performance of emerging market equities in the global “risk-on” rally. How anemic have the upside gains for emergers been? ¬†Since the October lows of 2011, Vanguard Emerging [...] Continue Reading...


Domestic ETF Risk Taking Vibrant, International ETF Risk Taking Constrained

The S&P 500 has not merely been resilient in its six consecutive weeks of gains. The celebrated U.S. stock benchmark has been unstoppable in its 8.3% unrealized run-up. Granted, nearly everyone expects a period of mild selling activity (a.k.a. “a breather”). Indeed, history certainly suggests that unbridled enthusiasm usually gets a reality check or three. The [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Market Small Cap ETFs Distance Themselves From 2011 Lows

Even the bulls have been hedging their commentary lately. For example, Blackrock’s Bob Doll¬†frequently points to accommodative monetary policy,¬†strong corporate results and an increasingly self-sustaining economy as reasons for stocks to grind higher. More recently, though, the chief equity strategist¬†acknowledged¬†economic malaise by philosophizing, “A significant acceleration or deceleration in the pace of jobs growth has [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Market Stock ETFs Will Have The Final Say

The emerging market growth story is beautiful in its simplicity. Younger people with¬†increasing amounts of income in industrializing countries should drive demand for more¬†products, services, infrastructure and housing. Of course, the emergers are not without their concerns. They face more vexing inflation than developed economies. They’re more dependent¬†on the natural resources they can or cannot export. [...] Continue Reading...


Should You Remain Diversified Or Should You Abandon Emerging Market ETFs?

The media remain hell-bent on describing¬†U.S. economic acceleration, Dow 12000 and marginal labor market improvements. The analysts seem equally giddy, reiterating quotable notables like “Don’t fight the Fed!” or “Don’t fight the tape!” I agree that there are reasons to be hopeful. We’ve been privy to¬†robust corporate earnings as well as¬†strong corporate balance sheets,¬†share buybacks and [...] Continue Reading...


Egyptian Riots Highlight Near-Term Strengths in Agribusiness ETF, Oil Services ETFs

The first rumblings of protest in Egypt actually hit international newswires on Wednesday, 1/26.¬†However, world markets didn’t seem to care until Friday, 1/28… on the third day of street riots. And even as the crisis seemed to intensify over the weekend , stocks and commodities continued their march higher on Monday, 1/31. For some, then, what [...] Continue Reading...


Are Emerging Country ETFs Offering An Opportunity Or Signaling A Change?

“Change” is a lot like¬†a pass interference call in American¬†football.¬†The penalty can drastically alter the outcome of the game,¬†but it’s only a¬†”good” call if¬†it helps your team win. In the 2008 election,¬†independent voters decided that Barack Obama represented¬†a change that they could believe in.¬†Like pass interference, however, the changes appeared to penalize the country more than [...] Continue Reading...


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