There is an erroenous assumption that some investors make about Dividend ETFs. For one thing, many mistakenly believe that a fund needs to be labeled as a dividend exchange-traded product to provide a high level of income. For another, many fail to look overseas.
Granted, Vanguard Dividend Growth (VIG) is a fine example of capturing long-term [...] [...more]
Is it a loss of confidence in gold thatÂ has caused aÂ 10%Â sell-off over the previous 5 trading sessions? Have under-performing hedge fund managers been forced to liquidate the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) — hedge fund managers like John Paulson who ownÂ super-sized stakes in theÂ world’s largest gold ETF?
Data may suggest otherwise.
Futures traders have yet to close out [...] [...more]
Some don’t believe in the curative powers of band-aids with Neosporin.Â In particular, if Greece is going to default in 2011 or early 2012,Â some seeÂ European ETFs asÂ ripe forÂ short-selling opportunities.
Daniel Sckolnik at iStockAnalyst.com suggests that one may benefit from a worseningÂ 16-country crisis viaÂ shortingÂ Vanguard European ETF (VGK).Â Â The author alsoÂ opines thatÂ shortingÂ CurrencyShares Euro (FXE) is likely to be beneficial over [...] [...more]
How can you tell when some of the best mindsÂ are focused solely onÂ relative strength? They recommend what has been working, or what hasn’t been hurting as badly, over the last 1, 2 and 3 months. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)
Relative strength is a venerable tool. And when there’s a clear “risk-off” bias in [...] [...more]
As many times as gold vigilantes try to short the yellow metal — as often as gold bugsÂ try to take profitsÂ near $1900 oz — new buyers still keep coming back. For example, after a 3%+ smackdown on 9/7/11, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) managed to rally back 2% onÂ Thursday, 9/8/11.
Yet, even as precious metal funds [...] [...more]
How difficult do the stock bulls have it?Â The iShares DJ Transports (IYT) hit a new 52-week low, and mayÂ be marking a new bear signal for DowÂ Theory proponents.Â The financial sectorÂ via SPDR KBW Banks (KBE) alsoÂ reachedÂ new 52-week lows.Â Worse yet, many European benchmarksÂ haveÂ plummetedÂ to depths not visited in more than 2 years.
The reasons are too plentiful to tally. That [...] [...more]
History may not repeat itself, but the run on European banks is beginning to look strikingly familiar. Remember toxic assets? Remember subprime?
Back in 2008-2009, the U.S. stock market didnâ€™t break free of the bearâ€™s grip until â€śtoo-big-to-failâ€ť institutions were bailed out by Congress. In fact, the panic didnâ€™t cease until the Fed agreed to purchase [...] [...more]
There are a wide variety of active risk management strategies. None of them are fool-proof.
The one that we advocate — stop-limit loss orders — may have adverse tax consequences; the stop may also fail to execute in a rapidly declining market.
OptionsÂ and futuresÂ investors cheer the “out-of-the-money” puts. This has the benefit of an insurance policy, though [...] [...more]
During the health care legislative debate in 2010, Health Care ETFs served as the investments everyone loved to hate. And in 2010, as the overwhelming majority of sector ETFs notched remarkable returns, health care had been stuck in neutral.
Suddenly, the most undervalued sector on a historical P/E ratioÂ basis began to ignoreÂ Obamacare uncertainty. In fact, [...] [...more]
Currency ETFs, Quantitative Easing And ETFs, Bond ETFs, Emerging Market Bond ETFs, Local Debt ETFs, Materials-Rich Country ETFs
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