Roughly one year ago today (9/6/2011), gold hit a spot price high of $1921 an¬†ounce. In¬†mid-May of 2012, the yellow metal reached¬†$1526 — ¬†a bearish drawdown of -20.5%. And yet, the resilient commodity has worked its way back up to $1670 per ounce.
Numerous articles lambasted investors who demonstrated interest in owning the precious commodity at [...] [...more]
Currency ETFs, European Crisis, Mining ETFs, Commodity ETFs, Gold ETFs, Food & Beverage ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 6-24-2012
Most Influential ETFs, Energy ETFs, Materials ETFs, Gold ETFs, Muni Bond ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 4-22-2012
Dave Fry is one¬†of the finer technical analysts blogging for The Street.¬†This week, he covers¬†10 of the most widely covered Real Estate ETFs.
In essence, Dave first presents an overview of¬†the important¬†attributes¬†of any ETF investment.¬†They include, but are¬†by no means limited to: (a) the tracking of an¬†established¬†index, (b) consistency in¬†tracking over time, (c) low fees, (d) [...] [...more]
Less than 60% of¬†all U.S. corporations have¬†beaten analyst¬†estimates for Q4 profits. Revenue numbers are equally questionable,¬†as the “beat rate” is only 54%. Both¬†readings are the weakest since the¬†bull market in stocks began in March of 2009.
Bespoke Research Group¬†points out that forward guidance has been¬†equally disconcerting.¬†By analyzing the spread between¬†the percentage of corporations raising guidance (expectations) [...] [...more]
It wasn’t that long ago that gold bears were sticking a fork in the yellow metal. And they had¬†several reasons. The $300+ per ounce price drop was not¬†attracting¬†tons of bargain-hunters. What’s more, the SPDR Gold Trust (GLD) had fallen below its 200-day trendline for the first time since 2009.
That said,¬†precious metals have reclaimed their luster [...] [...more]
In January, some of the “risk on” attitude has¬†favored the sector that many investors love to hate. That’s right… financial stocks are back on a roll.
That said, investors may be “smart” to dislike the financial segment. Wells Fargo notwithstanding, most of the banks have put forward terrible Q4 earnings and revenue numbers. The forward guidance [...] [...more]
ETFs for 2012, 2012 ETFs, 2012 Investing Preview, Gold ETFs, MLP ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 01-01-2012
U.S. stocks rallied 4% on the last day of November. Granted, China formerly announced that bank reserves would be lowered, a form of easing that hasn’t taken place in China in 3 years. And the ADP private payroll report on U.S. employment¬†indicated¬†a healthy pick-up in hiring.
Nevertheless, the primary driver for one of the best¬†sessions in [...] [...more]
In spite of stock market woes in November, the spot price of¬†crude has managed to push back towards the $100 per barrel mark. Not surprisingly,¬†ETFs with¬†exceptionally high correlations to¬†oil such as Market Vectors Russia (RSX), have significantly outperformed¬†the iShares MSCI All-World Fund (ACWI).
That said,¬†Canada, the second largest non-OPEC producer, may also be worth a look.¬†Don [...] [...more]