A Market Top? 15 Warning Signs

18 August 2015 at 3:28 pm by Gary Gordon

Stocks are tumbling in Russia, Brazil, Chile, South Africa, Australia and Canada due to economic weakness in China. Meanwhile, the Vanguard Europe ETF (VGK) remains roughly 5.5% off of its May high, as the feel-good effect of $1.3 trillion in European Central Bank stimulus subsides. In truth, risk assets from across the spectrum are fading. Exchange-traded [...] Continue Reading...

August 16, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

16 August 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

Commodities ETFs, High Yield Bond ETFs, Small Cap ETFs, Emerging Markets ETFs, ETFs & Debt Levels, Transportation ETFs, Industrials ETFs, ETFs & Stock Valuations Click here to listen to the show: 8-16-2015 Continue Reading...

Canaries In The Investment Mine Have Stopped Serenading

13 August 2015 at 11:29 am by Gary Gordon

Eleven months ago, I talked about four classic canaries in the investment mines: (1) commodities, (2) high yield bonds, (3) small-cap stocks, (4) emerging market stocks. I explained that when all four of those canaries stop singing, riskier ETFs usually break down. Indeed, in September of 2014, commodities were tanking, high-yield bonds were plunging, small-cap [...] Continue Reading...

There’s Still Time To Lower Your Exposure To Riskier ETFs

11 August 2015 at 11:57 am by Gary Gordon

A fair number of commenters, callers and perma-bulls were relatively tough on me in May when I suggested a strategic decision to raise cash levels. They were even tougher on me when I mentioned the possibility of picking up safer havens like intermediate treasuries via iShares 7-10 Year Treasury Bond (IEF) and intermediate-to-long duration municipal [...] Continue Reading...

August 9, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

09 August 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & AAPL, Market Timing & ETFs, ETFs & Narrowing Market Breadth, Yield Spreads & ETFs, ETFs & Wage Growth, Employment & ETFs, ETFs & Commodities Click here to listen to the show: 8-9-2015 Continue Reading...

3 Reasons Why Risk Is Exiting The Debate Stage

06 August 2015 at 1:40 pm by Gary Gordon

More than a handful of people asked me if I would be watching the big debate. 10 candidates. One stage. Which politician will emerge as the clear-cut favorite to win the Republican party nomination? It may surprise some folks, but I have zero interest in the made-for-television event. Each individual will receive about as much air [...] Continue Reading...

Buying the Dip In Apple? You’re A Market Timer

04 August 2015 at 11:20 am by Gary Gordon

One of the media’s biggest financial stories this week involves the curious fall of Apple (AAPL). Specifically, the largest company in the world by market capitalization has entered correction territory – a 10%-plus fall from a high-water mark. Not surprisingly, few analysts¬†have soured on shares of the culture changer. Even fewer are discussing the technical [...] Continue Reading...

August 2, 2015 – ETF Expert Radio Podcast

02 August 2015 at 8:00 am by Staff

ETFs & Market Breadth, Industrials ETFs, Materials ETFs, Foreign ETFs, Healthcare ETFs, Technology ETFs, Biotech ETFs, ETFs & the Fed, High Yield Bond ETFs, Treasury Bond ETFs Click here to listen to the show: 8-2-2015 Continue Reading...

5 Reasons To Lower Your Allocation To Riskier Assets

30 July 2015 at 3:26 pm by Gary Gordon

For months, I have been discussing the likely implications of deteriorating market breadth. For instance, fewer and fewer components are holding up the Dow, the S&P 500 and the NASDAQ. Only a small number of industry sectors are keeping the popular benchmarks in the plus column. Similarly, half of the stocks in the S&P 500 currently [...] Continue Reading...

Remember July 2011? The Stock Market’s Advance-Decline (A/D) Line Remembers

28 July 2015 at 11:34 am by Gary Gordon

According to Bloomberg data, the modest year-to-date increase in the S&P 500 is attributable to health care and retail alone. Worse yet, the two industry segments trade at a 20% premium to the market at large. Paying a premium for growth is one thing. Chasing a handful of momentum stocks is another. Brokerage firm Jones Trading [...] Continue Reading...

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