‘Taper Tantrum’ Round 2? It’s More Serious For Stocks This Time Around

09 June 2015 at 12:05 pm by Gary Gordon

By definition, a recovery is the regaining of something lost. Homeowners have partially (and in some instances, entirely) recovered the equity in their property since the start of the Great Recession. Similarly, market-based securities investors have regained their capital and even accumulated additional paper wealth. The jobs recovery is a bit more challenging to quantify. For [...] Continue Reading...

June 7, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

07 June 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & the Economy, Greece ETFs, ETFs and the Fed & Interest Rates, ETFs & Europe Click here to listen to the show: 6-7-2015 Continue Reading...

Why Greece Still Matters To Financial Markets

04 June 2015 at 2:44 pm by Gary Gordon

In recent commentary, I suggested that the inability for Greece to repay its debts can still have an adverse impact on stocks. Not everyone agrees with my assessment. Most in the media maintain that the euro-zone has already inoculated itself from the threat of a “Grexit.” Similarly, anonymous comments underneath my previous article(s) jokingly refer [...] Continue Reading...

Tactical Asset Allocation Changes? Track the Exchange’s A/D Line

02 June 2015 at 2:37 pm by Gary Gordon

I listen to sports talk radio in the morning for entertainment. Today, a popular broadcaster went off script to chat about the ridiculous nature of political correctness, surmising that Americans obsess over social issues when they have few concerns about the economy. He went so far as to describe the economic environment as exceptional, after [...] Continue Reading...

May 31, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

31 May 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Central Banks & ETFs, ETFs & the US Dollar, Transportation ETFs, Treasury Bond ETFs, Currency ETFs, ETFs & Europe, Interest Rates & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 5-31-2015 Continue Reading...

Is It Too Early To Think About 2016?

28 May 2015 at 10:49 am by Gary Gordon

The average economic expansion since the 1940s is roughly five years. The current recovery? We are now at the six year mark. Yet there’s a problem with the current environment that few are willing to talk about; that is, historically, the Federal Reserve raises overnight lending rates to slow economic growth and suppress inflationary tensions. [...] Continue Reading...

3 Reasons June Gloom Is Already Hitting The Markets

26 May 2015 at 10:29 am by Gary Gordon

The theme of maintaining a sunny disposition in spite of genuine concerns has always been prevalent in music. Bobby McFerrin told people not to fear cash flow troubles or paying the rent late in his 80’s chart-topper “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Similarly, an animated meerkat from 1994’s The Lion King sang about ignoring one’s worries [...] Continue Reading...

May 24, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

24 May 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & New Stock Market Highs, The Fed & ETFs, ETFs & Stock Buybacks, International ETFs, Aerospace & Defense ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 5-24-2015 Continue Reading...

Are You Betting On The Fed? Allocate According to the ‘Fundamentals’ and ‘Technicals’ Instead

21 May 2015 at 10:46 am by Gary Gordon

The S&P 500 continues registering highs for the record books. Yet, the benchmark is reaching new peaks with less participation from its constituents. Consider the chart of the Bullish Percentage Index (BPI) for the S&P 500. Typically, a stock market bull is at its healthiest when the majority of companies are moving higher in established [...] Continue Reading...

Three Other Ways To Play Defense

19 May 2015 at 11:19 am by Gary Gordon

The broader stock market (as measured by the NYSE Composite) may be making marginal progress. A 2.5% appreciation in price over the last nine months is mildly positive. Similarly, higher lows are typically indicative of ongoing strength. It would be reasonable, however, to discuss whether the risk of participation is worthy of the potential reward. [...] Continue Reading...

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