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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...


Three Characteristics Of ETFs Near 52-Week Highs

The investing public tends to place a great deal of faith in the forecasts of economists. To be frank, I am not entirely sure why. An overwhelming majority missed the impact that well-documented declines in real estate were having on the economy in 2007. Here in 2014, the latest housing data may be showing cracks as [...] Continue Reading...


Three Big Time Trends That ETF Investors May Miss

How do stock market benchmarks pop 1% out of the blue? Check your Twitter news feed. Crimea voted to join Russia as everyone anticipated. Industrial production rose more than expected in February. And the second largest e-commerce site in the world, China-based Alibaba, is getting increasingly close to an IPO date. In essence, buying the previous [...] Continue Reading...


3 Lesser-Known ETFs For An Escalating Ukraine Conflict

Russia’s “beef” with Ukraine is leading to a variety of near-term repercussions. The turmoil is producing interest in traditional safer-haven assets like the Japanese yen, U.S. Treasuries as well as gold. It should be noted, however, that these perceived safer holdings have been gaining in price since the year began. Russia’s recent military maneuvering has merely [...] Continue Reading...


Diversification Across ETF Asset Classes Reclaims Its Mojo

Glum economic data derailed U.S. stocks in January. A mammoth “miss” for manufacturing activity, an unsettling decline in mortgage applications as well as an appalling “net-new-jobs” number were some of the high-profile culprits. At long last, it seemed as if the market might treat bad news as a reason to recoil. Here in February, though, disappointing [...] Continue Reading...


3 ETF Indicators That Challenge The “Economy Is Improving” Assumption

CNBC commentators and Bloomberg analysts have spent the last few months explaining how the Federal Reserve’s measured withdrawal (a.k.a. “tapering”) from electronic dollar creation (a.k.a. quantitative easing) is a sign that the U.S. economy is capable of standing on its own. Personally, I believe that it should be allowed to stand on its own regardless; [...] Continue Reading...


3 Ways An ETF Investor Can Approach The Increasingly Erratic Stock Market

If an economic data point came in much weaker than expected last year, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s monetary stimulus offered reason enough to buy stocks. Bad news served as good news. At the same time, when a data point exceeded expectations, the resilience of the American economy also inspired equity purchases. Good news served as [...] Continue Reading...


Minimum Volatility ETFs, Health Care ETFs Ahead Of the Jobs Report

If you followed my contrarian investing lead several weeks ago, then you’ve already made a number of profitable shifts to take advantage of falling bond yields. (See Against the Herd: Lower Rates Rather Than Higher Rates In 2014.)  Perhaps you ventured back into the long end of the curve by acquiring shares of Vanguard Long-Term [...] Continue Reading...


Telecom, Utilities ETFs Ride The “Risk-Off” Train Alongside Lower Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve’s bond-buying program (a.k.a. “quantitative easing”) assuaged the fears of most stock market participants last year. From the fiscal cliff to the sequester spending cuts to the financial crisis in Cyprus, there were few hiccups in the price of the S&P 500. Even after May, when Chairman Bernanke hinted at curbing the controversial [...] Continue Reading...


Are Low Volatility ETFs Safer In A Rising Rate Environment?

Headline unemployment has fallen to a 5-year low of 7%. The perception that job growth is strengthening may pressure the Federal Reserve to curb its program of electronically printing money ($85 billion per month) and, subsequently, purchasing U.S. bonds. Buying government debt in various amounts since late in 2008 has had the desired effect of [...] Continue Reading...


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