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When The S&P 500 Breaks A Record, Reduce Your ETF Portfolio Risk

In the history of the NBA Finals, no team had ever come back from a 3-1 deficit. Miami Heat believers explained that records were meant to be broken. And Lebron James asked, “Why not us?” To the dismay of some basketball fanatics, the San Antonio Spurs mercifully disposed of their inferior competition in the fifth game. [...] Continue Reading...


Three ETF Investments For Persistent Euro Weakness

One of the key themes that I presented at the start of 2014 was the notion that capital would begin shifting abroad. Attractive valuations compared to U.S. equities, ongoing stimulative measures in Europe as well as “carry trade” funding of higher-yielding assets contributed to several high conviction purchases. Chief among them? iShares MSCI New Zealand (ENZL). [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Investors React With Caution To A Weakening Consumer

Last week, board members of the Federal Reserve signaled that they may begin hiking overnight lending rates as early as 2015.  A majority of analysts believe that the message is in line with an anticipated acceleration of U.S. economic growth and a more robust expansion. Similarly, economists polled by the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) [...] Continue Reading...


Protecting ETF Portfolios from the Currency Wars

On Wednesday, 5/8/2013, U.S. stocks recorded gains for a 5th consecutive session. In fact, the S&P 500 logged its 12th gain in 14 trading days, rising 6% since a mid-April hiccup and reaching yet another all-time peak. Equally intriguing, the last week has witnessed a renewed interest in foreign equities. In spite of a deepening recession [...] Continue Reading...


Should You Short Gold and Silver ETFs?

According to Steven Russolillo at WSJ.com, Goldman Sachs advises investors to short gold. Granted, the yellow metal has experienced a brutal downtrend that has lasted 6 arduous months. What’s more, you may not be able to find an uglier chart on a major asset class than the one for SPDR Gold Trust Shares (GLD). If there’s [...] Continue Reading...


Waiting On A Market Correction? Watch These 3 ETFs Closely

Bullish commentators have been busy admonishing those who might be cautious. Their reasoning? Long-term investors should focus on the signs that point to stable economic growth in the U.S., a recovery in China as well as unwavering stimulus by the Federal Reserve. Besides, with Treasuries offering more risk than reward, where else are you going [...] Continue Reading...


ETFs That May Get A Lift From Snowstorm Nemo

Investing in stock assets when the S&P 500 is hitting fresh highs can be as dangerous as driving on a yet-to-be-plowed stretch of highway. You may get to your destination without a hitch. Then again, you might spin out of control and crash. At present, both the Eurozone’s ongoing recession and “Snowmageddon” on the East Coast [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETFs For The Bulls, 3 ETFs For The Bears

Las Vegas odds-makers believe that the San Francisco 49ers will beat the Baltimore Ravens to win Superbowl XLVII this Sunday, February 3. That’s what is implied by a 4-point spread. In contrast, if the professionals did not feel that the 49ers had a definitive edge, there would neither be a spread nor a so-called “favorite.” And [...] Continue Reading...


What The New 52-Week Lows In iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) Tell Us

On Tuesday, 5/1/2012, CNBC trumpeted the Dow’s highest close since December of 2007.¬†On Wednesday, the media giant celebrated the¬†price-weighted index’s ability to shrug off weaker-than-anticipated employment data in the United States. There are reasons to be pleased with the progress of U.S. stocks in 2012.¬†My clients continue to benefit from¬†exposure to risk assets like Vanguard High [...] Continue Reading...


Bets On Bond ETFs In Spite Of Manufacturing “Renaissance”

Doug Kass, prominent helmsman at Seabreeze Partners and frequent commentator at CNBC, embraces social media. In fact, Mr. Kass tweets roughly 8-10 times throughout the day. Yesterday (4/30), Mr. Kass tweeted that his largest investment was short bonds, and he listed Inverse Bond ETFs like ProShares UltraShort 20+ Treasury (TBT) and ProShares Short 20+ Treasury (TBF). This morning (5/1), [...] Continue Reading...


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