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Sector ETFs In 2014 And 2007: The Inconvenient Comparison Feels Like A Bone In The Throat

The S&P 500 has served up a 7%-plus return through the first six-and-a-half months of the year. That’s remarkably impressive when one considers the depth of geopolitical conflict, the implication of structural under-employment, the October end of quantitative easing (QE3) and the strong possibility of a significant change to the legislative branch this November. Naturally, some [...] Continue Reading...


3 Rate-Sensitive ETF Categories Demonstrate High-Caliber Endurance

Many of the word’s most respected economists projected the direction of interest rates at the start of the year. The average assessment? Experts collectively anticipated that the 10-year Treasury bond yield would rise from 3.03% to 3.41% by the end of 2014. I didn’t see it. For one thing, the well-being of real estate in a below-trend [...] Continue Reading...


Are Consumer ETFs Ready To Cry Uncle?

Most folks experience anxiety about carrying any kind of debt load. Many of us do not even distinguish between the different types of debt that we owe. Of course, some debts may be “better” than others. A subsidized Stafford loan from the Federal government allows a student to defer his/her principal and interest during college, pay [...] Continue Reading...


Homebuilder and Home Construction ETFs Falter At The Real Estate Altar

Is the enthusiasm for the real estate market built on a solid foundation? Existing home sales fell in March to its lowest pace since July of 2012. Worse yet, sales have declined for seven out of the previous eight months, ever since the the Federal Reserve signaled its intent to slow the pace of its [...] 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...


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...


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