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“Window Dressing” Strongly Favored 5 Emerging Market Stock ETFs

The last 30 days¬†capped a U.S. rally that hasn’t been seen in 70 years. Yet investment managers had a¬†larger hankering for emerging market country ETFs in the final week of September… a sign that “window dressing” is¬†very much alive. During the last 3-5 days of a given month,¬†investment professionals often adjust portfolio holdings¬†so that¬†asset management clients [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Economy ETFs: Better Diversification Means Less Portfolio Risk

Over the last 6 months, the stock ETFs of different economies have largely traveled in the same direction. If stocks were up in China, they were probably up in India, the European Union as well as the¬†United States. If stocks were down in China, well… you get the picture. The correlations between the 10 largest economies [...] Continue Reading...


2010: The Year Of The “Barbell” ETF Portfolio

Throughout the year, I have pursued higher-yielding income. Energy partnerships, preferred shares, high yield bonds, emerging market bonds — it hasn’t mattered. The¬†corresponding ETFs¬†experienced¬†capital appreciation; meanwhile, the 5%-8%¬†annual yield presented extraordinary value up and above comparable treasuries. With that said, how can I completely knock U.S. treasury bonds? Or for that matter, how can anyone slam [...] Continue Reading...


“Risk-Reward” Investing Strongly Favors Emerging Market ETFs

Money has been flowing out of stock assets¬†at a steady pace.¬†Macroeconomic data has been decidedly weak. And unless you hopped aboard the gravy “grains” this past week, a Great White took a bite out of your portfolio. (Or maybe¬†a brown bear is responsible for the mauling. I don’t think it was a brown bear, though.¬†So let’s [...] Continue Reading...


Foreign ETFs Have Been Hitting “Higher Lows” Since May

Since the end of the 2nd quarter in June, The MSCI World Index is up roughly 5%. That’s not a bad start to the second half of the year for world stocks, in spite of the U.S. hitting new lows in the first week of July. Yet more noticeably, scores of foreign stock ETFs reached correction [...] Continue Reading...


Technically, It Is All About Emerging Country ETFs

Here on July 8, 2010, stock assets in the U.S. are looking to trumpet a third straight day of gains. Yet corporate earnings guidance for the remainder of the year will determine¬†whether or not the ultimate developed world market can maintain upward momentum. The knock on developed world stocks isn’t that they aren’t cheap. It’s that [...] Continue Reading...


Top 10 Country ETFs Over 6 Months (With One European Shocker!)

At the halfway mark of Tuesday’s trading (7/6/2010), the S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) is down -7.5% over the last 6 months. This is…¬†in and of itself… hardly¬†surprising. After all,¬†the majority of country ETFs are down sharply over the same time frame. That said, for those who have disowned any financial ties to Europe, one country [...] Continue Reading...


China’s Asian Neighbors Have The Most Attractive Stock ETFs

U.S. markets initially soared on the news that China would allow its currency to appreciate against world currencies. Yet the countries that will benefit the most from a yuan reevaluation are the neighbors throughout Asia. Erroneously, there are folks who believe that China is bowing to developed world pressure prior to the G-20 summit. Anyone who has spent enough [...] Continue Reading...


Stock ETFs Distance Themselves From May Lows

The first day of June sent stocks, commodities and high-yield bonds back within a stone’s throw of their closing May lows. A few days later,¬†we may have¬†witnessed¬†the return¬†of¬†the “risk trade.” On Thursday, June 3, some of the most widely traded ETFs began distancing themselves from their intra-session troughs of May. Here’s how far they’ve come since [...] Continue Reading...


Emerging Market ETFs: The Key To The U.S. Rally

Since January,¬†the SPDR S&P 500 Trust (SPY) has only breached a 20-Day trendline on the downside a single time. It appears that investors are very willing to buy SPY¬†whenever it pulls back a mere 2%-3% from its high. “Buy America” enthusiasm¬†has been nothing less than remarkable. The SEC charges the largest investment bank in the world [...] Continue Reading...


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