The closest thing to bipartisanship in the presidency of Barrack Obama may have come a few weeks ago. Eight prominent Senators — four Democrats and four Republicans — have been crafting an immigration reform bill that many believe could eventually become law.
However, finding common ground on economic issues has eluded members of Congress for years. [...] [...more]
Standard & Poor’s infamously downgraded U.S. treasuries. Ever since, investors have been richly rewarded for purchasing bonds of the downgraded, AA-quality debt.
Now Moody’s¬†downgraded French banks for their exposure to the sovereign debt of the PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain).¬†And yet, iShares MSCI France (EWQ) rose¬†more than 3% shortly after¬†the announcement.
Of course, these are two very [...] [...more]
Many financial commentators believed that the stock market would continue¬†managing the realities of¬†record price depreciation in U.S. property, new lows in consumer confidence as well as¬†ongoing¬†debt uncertainty in Europe.¬†Who could¬†blame them for thinking that way? After all, didn’t the stock market surge 1% across-the-board on the last day of May?
It’s not that the market’s resilience [...] [...more]
Tom Lydon¬†proposed¬†that defense¬†cuts by the U.S. government could actually help positions like the Aerospace and Defense ETF (ITA).¬†If you agree that budget cuts will actually help Aerospace and Defense ETFs,¬†should you bolster your exposure to¬†the sector? Or, should you first get a look at ETFs that may¬†determine the overall direction of U.S. stock assets?
Defense Budget [...] [...more]
Most of the conversation has been centered around the inevitability of rates going higher… much, much higher. Yet every time that the 10-year treasury yield works its way towards 4%, bond buyers have been stepping forward.
With Intel confirming strength in semis… and perhaps the broader economy at large… is 4% about to break altogether? If [...] [...more]
Tom Cruise knew what it was like to be “the best of the best” in the 80s classic, “Top Gun.” But which Defense ETF is¬†the Ace of¬†Aerospace?
In a separate sector vein,¬†some folks are giving Utility ETFs¬†a serious look. Is¬†Utility ETF underperformance since the Lehman bankruptcy¬†a good enough reason to rotate over?
The Best Of The Best [...] [...more]
According to the Wall Street Journal, metals were the best performing commodities in 2009.¬† Many investors believe that a recovering world economy will further boost metal mania¬†well into the New Year.
Does the “Metal Rally” still have momentum?¬†You may also wish to look at positions that could be used for diversification within the sector.
Metal Rally Has [...] [...more]
After a¬†pullback in the last week of October, the start of November has been equally unsettling.¬†Should you be getting defensive with your ETF investing? How might the¬†Consumer Staples sector benefit your portfolio?
Find out how you may or may not be affected by Vanguard’s recent rate hike announcement. Also, we look at one person’s thoughts on [...] [...more]