The S&P 500 set an all-time record high on 10/9/2007. Three weeks earlier, the iShares High Yield Corporate Bond Fund (HYG) had reached its pinnacle, and then promptly began falling from grace.
Does this suggest that when low-rated bonds begin to struggle, stocks are not far behind? If so, what should we make of the fact [...] [...more]
At ETF Expert, we’ve been riding the¬†Malaysian express for several years. For example:
1. August, 2009. “Malaysia ETF Offers A Different Slice Of The Emerging Market Pie.”
2. June, 2010. “3 Unique ETFs For Continuing Market Uncertainty.”
3. March, 2011. “3 More Reasons Why You Should Select the Malaysia ETF.”
Not surprisingly to the folks at ETF Expert, iShares [...] [...more]
As outlandish as it may sound to some,¬†Charles Maxwell recently made the claim that we will see $300 per barrel oil by 2020. Granted, a lot could happen in a decade. But if China dramatically increases its demand for commodities, and if other developing¬†nations like India do the same, a¬†massive price increase in¬†crude could indeed [...] [...more]
U.S. markets seem to have avoided the fall off the proverbial cliff in 2009. Today, investor appetite for¬†risk is particularly vibrant in the junk bond ETF¬†(high-yield ETF) world.
Is “high yield” still sensible in the summertime of 2010?¬†Is it possible that the diversification and income stream provided by Emerging Market Bond ETFs may be an equally [...] [...more]
Junk bond yields may be enticing to those seeking¬†income that’s far greater than what you’d find in CDs and¬†money market funds.¬†Some issuers are finding that they can fund their operations easier in the low-grade bond market than through¬†traditional¬†bank financing.¬†Should this trend continue, would that make¬†Junk Bond ETFs¬†profitable?
Must-read¬†information for the ETF investor on October 7, 2009:
The [...] [...more]
U.S. stocks and U.S. high yield bonds¬†rocketed off a Cape Canaveral launch pad 6 months ago. Asset prices rarely looked back… until now.
The first day of September could have celebrated the headlines.¬†After all, the U.S. manufacturing sector grew in August for the first time in 19 months and pending U.S. home sales rose¬†in July to [...] [...more]