Sidestepping The S&P 500 ETF Trap

16 June 2014 at 11:48 am by Gary Gordon

Upon his passing, Warren Buffett would like a trustee to place 10% of his wife’s money in short-term government bonds and 90% in a low-cost S&P 500 index fund. Buy-n-holders see this as vindication for the idea that lazy asset management is superior to every other approach. After all, who in the world can claim [...] Continue Reading...

June 15, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

15 June 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Bear Markets & ETFs, ETFs & Fundamentals vs. Technicals, ETF Strategies in Overvalued Markets, The Japanese Yen & ETFs, Foreign Stock ETFs, ETFs & the Eurozone, New Zealand ETFs, New Tech ETFs, Old Tech ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 6-15-2014 Continue Reading...

Three ETF Investments For Persistent Euro Weakness

12 June 2014 at 10:20 am by Gary Gordon

One of the key themes that I presented at the start of 2014 was the notion that capital would begin shifting abroad. Attractive valuations compared to U.S. equities, ongoing stimulative measures in Europe as well as “carry trade” funding of higher-yielding assets contributed to several high conviction purchases. Chief among them? iShares MSCI New Zealand (ENZL). [...] Continue Reading...

Managing ETF Portfolio Risk: Be Mindful Of Reversions To Long-Term Averages

10 June 2014 at 2:49 pm by Gary Gordon

The Internet buzzes with predictions for the next bear market. Some use fundamental analysis to make their case. For instance, Shiller’s cyclically-adjusted price-to-earnings ratio for U.S. equities (PE 10) employs 10 years of trailing corporate profits. It currently stands at 25.6, while the historical average is roughly 16.5. This suggests that if U.S. large-cap stocks [...] Continue Reading...

Uber and Tech ETFs: Stupid Is As Stupid Does

09 June 2014 at 1:33 pm by Gary Gordon

Economist Hyman Minksy argued that when a private sector accumulates too much debt, an economic system buckles. Supporters of his theories point to the catastrophic effect that sub-prime mortgages had on the 2007-2009 U.S. economy. Detractors simply highlight the 2010-2011 euro-zone crisis. In essence, the excessive borrowing and spending by beleaguered European nations nearly destroyed [...] Continue Reading...

June 8, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

08 June 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Consumer Discretionary ETFs, ETFs & a Credit Bubble, Low Volatility ETFs, Europe & ETFs, Foreign Equity ETFs, Home Builder ETFs, Financial ETFs, ETFs & the Yen Carry Trade Click here to listen to the show: 6-8-2014 Continue Reading...

Eventual “QE” For The Euro-Zone? Consider European Index ETFs

05 June 2014 at 4:04 pm by Gary Gordon

The European Central Bank (ECB) did not really surprise anyone with its well-telegraphed rate cuts on 6/5/2014. Yet risk assets of all shapes, sizes and geographic origins rallied a bit more than most had anticipated. The reason? Not only did the ECB slash its overnight lending rate — not only will they charge banks for [...] Continue Reading...

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

03 June 2014 at 3:45 pm by Gary Gordon

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...

3 “Risk-Off” Signs For ETF Investors

02 June 2014 at 3:37 pm by Gary Gordon

Committee members of the U.S. Federal Reserve forecast economic growth every year. Not surprisingly, investors place a great deal of faith in those projections. After all, Fed estimates may impact monetary policy. Estimates for each of the last five years turned out to be exceedingly rosy. Time and again, the “recovery” turned out to be sluggish [...] Continue Reading...

June 1, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

01 June 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Retail ETFs, Consumer Discretionary ETFs, ETFs & Falling Interest Rates, The Fed & ETFs, Growth vs. Value ETFs, Europe & ETFs, Gold ETFs, Precious Metals ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 6-1-2014 Continue Reading...

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