January 17, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

17 January 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & Corporate Profits, Bear Markets & ETFs, ETFs & The Economy, Small Cap ETFs, Commodities ETFs, ETFs & Oil, Retail ETFs, Large Cap ETFs, Investment Grade Bond ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 1-17-2016 Continue Reading...


Damage Control: Is It Too Late Too Become More Defensive?

15 January 2016 at 9:36 am by Gary Gordon

A manufacturing recession doesn’t matter… until it does. Consider industrial production. For the third straight month, industrial production, which includes mining, utilities, as well as manufacturing, contracted. How anemic is American industry right now? The year-over-year percentage change provides a helpful snapshot of the weakness. Not surprisingly, media mega-stars routinely dismiss manufacturers, miners and utility [...] Continue Reading...


1704 on the S&P 500 in 2016? Less Far-Fetched Than Investors Want To Believe

12 January 2016 at 12:15 pm by Gary Gordon

How does a favorable bullish uptrend become an unfavorable bearish downtrend? Does the transition happen overnight? Do commentators, analysts, money managers and market participants simultaneously concur that the environment for risk-taking is exceptionally poor? The transition from “good times” to “bad times” is far more gradual than many realize. Granted, prices on the Dow or [...] Continue Reading...


January 10, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

10 January 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & the Fed Wealth Effect, Stock Valuations & ETFs, ETFs & Bear Markets, The Economy & ETFs, ETFs & Market Internals, ETF Portfolio Allocations, Treasury Bond ETFs, Large Cap ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 1-10-2016 Continue Reading...


“We Front-Loaded An Enormous Stock Market Rally”

07 January 2016 at 2:36 pm by Gary Gordon

Richard W. Fisher served as the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas for more than a decade (2005-2015). His appearance on CNBC this week offered remarkable insight into why voting members on the Federal Reserve Open Market Committee (FOMC) embraced zero percent rate policy as well as quantitative easing (QE) for so many years. [...] Continue Reading...


Why The S&P 500’s Record High From Last May Seems So Far Away

05 January 2016 at 1:33 pm by Gary Gordon

Some bear markets feature dreadful price catastrophes that occur quickly. At the onset of last decade’s banking crisis, the S&P 500 plummeted close to the requisite 20% bear level in a five month period between October of 2007 and March of 2008. The Federal Reserve joined JP Morgan Chase in bailing out Bear Stearns to provide [...] Continue Reading...


January 3, 2016 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

03 January 2016 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & Diversification, Small Cap Stock ETFs, ETFs & Market Breadth, Stock Valuations & ETFs, ETFs & Fed Policy, Credit Spreads & ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 1-3-2016 Continue Reading...


Profit Shortage + Economic Weakness + Stimulus Removal = Less Risk Taking

31 December 2015 at 11:16 am by Gary Gordon

Healthy bull market uptrends tend to feature similar risk-taking characteristics. Specifically, market-based participants will invest in a wide range of stock sectors (e.g., industrials, telecom, health care, energy, etc.) and asset types (e.g., large, small, foreign, preferreds, REITs, high yield corporate, convertibles, cross-over corporate bonds, etc.). There is little reason to discriminate because across-the-board risk [...] Continue Reading...


Do Historical Comparisons Matter? Strong Similarities Between 1937 And 2015

29 December 2015 at 4:24 pm by Gary Gordon

The case for the continuation of the U.S. bull market heavily rests on the shoulders of steady economic growth and low interest rates (on an absolute basis). Many believe that, as long as these circumstances exist, stocks will provide venerable results. However, market participants might want to consider a similar period in history – a [...] Continue Reading...


U.S. Stocks In 2016? Keep An Eye On The Global Economy

24 December 2015 at 1:16 pm by Gary Gordon

During the previous bull market (10/02-10/07), financial media fawned over the critical importance of diversifying one’s equity exposure across the globe. And why not? Performance for foreign exchange-traded trackers like iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) and iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM) far surpassed anything the S&P 500 could muster up; developed international markets doubled U.S. capital [...] Continue Reading...


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