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Are Record Levels Of Consumer Credit Dangerous To Your ETF Portfolio?

Technology was the best performing sector in the five years prior to the 2000-2002 stock market bear. The acceleration of dot-com mania created a boom-to-bust scenario that few had ever seen. Yet “tech” actually weakened before other segments of the economy. What’s more, corporate shares of technology companies witnessed far more violent sell-offs than stock [...] Continue Reading...


“Old Tech” ETFs Are Better Risk-Reward Prospects Than “New Tech” ETFs

Scores of investors often regard Benjamin Graham as the grandfather of value investing. Even those who shun Graham’s methods of analyzing securities tend to revere quotes attributed to him. For example, on market complacency, “… chief losses to investors come from the purchase of low-quality securities at times of good business conditions.” In this discussion, we [...] Continue Reading...


The Great ETF Rotation Is Accelerating

Back on April 9, I talked about a “Great Rotation” away from momentum plays (e.g., biotech, Internet, small-cap growth, etc.). Where did the smart money go? Demand had been picking up for the least popular asset classes from 2013, including long-dated treasuries, select emerging markets as well as commodities. Five trading weeks have passed since I [...] Continue Reading...


ETF Moves You Can Make Before The Crowd Gets Restless

Nobody can tell you when a 10% stock market pullback is imminent. That has not stopped many from issuing erroneous prognostications over the last 31 months. By the same token, no individual can predict when a correction will morph into a 20% bearish sell-off. Yet Marc Faber (”Dr. Doom”) has routinely served up enormously frightful [...] Continue Reading...


Are Emerging Market Small Cap ETFs Safer Than U.S. Small Cap ETFs?

When U.S. stocks have struggled in 2014, the pattern has had a familiar ring to it. Small-caps have fallen harder than large-caps. Growth-oriented equities have dropped more precipitously than value-oriented equities. Meanwhile, consumer Internet assets have jumped off the proverbial cliff. For those who choose to monitor these sorts of unfriendly patterns, the price of Global [...] Continue Reading...


What You Don’t Know About Relative Strength Shifts In ETFs Can Hurt You

One of the best web sites for identifying trends in the ETF marketplace is ETFscreen.com. And one of the best features at the data aggregation portal is the Relative Strength Factor (RSf) reporting. According to ETF Screen, the Relative Strength Factor (RSf) represents a percentile ranking of fund performance relative to all other funds in the [...] Continue Reading...


Bond ETF Patterns Suggest An Appetite For Less Wealth Destruction

According to the¬†chief U.S. market strategist at RBC Capital Markets, Jonathan Golub, seven of the last eight bull markets ended at the onset of a recession. There are several problems with this assertion. First, it represents an ethnocentric “read” that ignores the interconnected nature of the global economy. Slowdowns in the respective economies of China, [...] Continue Reading...


Dividend ETFs May Gleam, Yet Tech Dividends May Shine Even Brighter

All of those Apple (AAPL) alarmists are eating crow for breakfast. They chastised Tim Cook for months. They declared the death of the tech manufacturing giant at every opportunity. And today, the Cupertino-based multinational is asking those same naysayers, “How do you like me now?” Sentiment changes quickly on Wall Street. The “brightest minds” now concur [...] Continue Reading...


Great Rotation? ETFs Encounter A Different Kind Of Shift In 2014

Whatever happened to the “Great Rotation?” You remember the predictive theory that ultra-low yields would encourage investors to rotate out of bonds and into stocks. The notion picked up steam shortly after the Federal Reserve announced its intention to taper its quantitative easing (QE) program in May of 2013. Yield-sensitive assets of all stripes — [...] Continue Reading...


Disappointing Employment Data Affects Stock And Bond ETFs Differently

In 2008, President George W. Bush expressed regret for an ill-conceived 2003 speech aboard the USS Intrepid in front of a “Mission Accomplished” banner. The blunder? The declaration of victory in the initial battle and the subsequent celebration came a mere month into the war. Consequently, every setback for years afterwards reminded the country that [...] Continue Reading...


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