October 12, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

12 October 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Market Corrections & ETFs, Long Term Bond ETFs, Large Cap Stock ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs, ETFs for the Barbell Investment Strategy, Lower Interest Rates & ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 10-12-2014 Continue Reading...

Are All ETF Correlations Barreling Towards 1.0?

09 October 2014 at 2:54 pm by Gary Gordon

Since the S&P 500 hit 2011 on September 18, it has forfeited 4.1%. That may not represent a significant decline. Yet, the year-to-date damage across an array of 18 popular asset classes is a bit more vexing. Depreciation Across 18 Unique Asset Classes % Off 2014 High 200 Day MA Vanguard Total International Bond (BNDX) 0.0% Above Vanguard [...] Continue Reading...

The Barbell Approach To ETF Portfolio Allocation Continues To Shine

07 October 2014 at 3:33 pm by Gary Gordon

I did not invent the barbell strategy. At the start of the year, I simply offered readers a glimpse into the way that I would be managing ETF assets in the late-stage bull market. First, let me take you back to January when I explained that long-term rates would fall, not rise. The contrarian call had [...] Continue Reading...

October 5, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

05 October 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Employment Numbers & ETFs, Interest Rates & ETFs, ETFs & Diversification, ETF Strategies in Today’s Market, Small Cap ETFs, Commodities ETFs, Bond ETFs, Large Cap ETFs   Click here to listen to the show: 10-5-2014 Continue Reading...

Jobs Data Great For ETFs, Grisly For The Economy

03 October 2014 at 2:02 pm by Gary Gordon

“Holy Moly!” exclaim the financial media. They marvel at a headline unemployment number of 5.9%. They celebrate year-to-date job growth that is averaging about 220,000 positions per month. “This economy is much better than people think!” However, the economic optimists are wrong. The labor market is uncommonly weak. So why did stocks rocket higher on the job [...] Continue Reading...

Is The S&P 500 Now Safer Than A Diversified Portfolio?

02 October 2014 at 3:19 pm by Gary Gordon

Both the media and a wide array of financial advisers preach owning a diversified portfolio. Below, I have created a hypothetical asset mix that a moderate growth investor might employ: 30% iShares S&P 500 (IVV) 25% Vanguard Total Bond (BND) 12.5% iShares MSCI EAFE (EFA) 7.5% SPDR S&P Mid-Cap 400 (MDY) 5% SPDR High Yield (JNK) 5% Vanguard Short-Term Bond (BSV) 5% [...] Continue Reading...

What The Daily 1% Price Swings Mean For ETF Investors

29 September 2014 at 2:58 pm by Gary Gordon

In the first half of the U.S. stock market bull (i.e., 2009-2011), 10%-19% corrections occurred annually. That has not been the case in the second half of the bull market. Instead, the frequency as well as the duration of setbacks lessened. There were several 7% sell-offs in 2012, a couple of 5% pullbacks in 2013 [...] Continue Reading...

When Canaries Stop Singing, Riskier ETFs Can Croak

25 September 2014 at 11:53 am by Gary Gordon

In a recent article at WSJ.com, the author interviews Michael Hartnett, a primary investment guru at Merrill Lynch. The top strategist explains that commodities, emerging markets, high-yield bonds and small-cap U.S. stocks are the “four classic canaries” in the investment mines. Moreover, he warns, the archetypal canaries have stopped singing. Yet Hartnett simply views the absence [...] Continue Reading...

Preparing Your ETF Portfolio For Increased Volatility

23 September 2014 at 3:23 pm by Gary Gordon

HSBC’s most recent Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) for the Chinese economy rose to 50.5 from a final reading of 50.2 in August. The manufacturing sector may be expanding, but the growth is noticeably restrained. Meanwhile, German factories registered their slowest growth in 15 months and the French manufacturing segment continues to shrink. Equally disconcerting, the [...] Continue Reading...

September 21, 2014 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

21 September 2014 at 8:00 am by Staff

Global Economic Weakness & ETFs, Small Cap vs. Large Cap ETFs, Fed Policy & ETFs, Bond ETFs, ETFs & Currency Valuations   Click here to listen to the show: 9-21-2014 Continue Reading...

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