Rising stock prices often have a way of covering up significant woes. Many journalists and market prognosticators had all but buried the Eurozone debt crisis, declaring that bankrupt member nations had discovered a viable path forward.
Not surprisingly, the facts are starting to trip up the rhetoric. Spain’s economy shrank 0.7% in the final quarter of [...] [...more]
There’s a tendency in the financial media to wrap-up calendar years with a focus on the “winners” and “losers.” Inevitably, a large number of unsophisticated investors will allocate money to the so-called best performers, while avoiding any commitment to the underachievers.
Herein lies one of the biggest mistakes that ETF enthusiasts make. Specifically, they view success [...] [...more]
MLP ETFs, ETFs for 2012’s 2nd Half, Income-Oriented ETFs, Risk Management and ETFs, High Dividend ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 7-1-2012
ETFs for 2012, 2012 ETFs, 2012 Investing Preview, Gold ETFs, MLP ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 01-01-2012
I represent hundreds of families as the president of my Registered Investment Adviser, taught financial concepts to classrooms around the world, spent years as the CFP on a national talk radioÂ showÂ and receive countless e-mails fromÂ wisdom seekers. Yet I would not be able to tally theÂ number of investors who I have encountered in my lifetime.
However, there [...] [...more]
As popular as dividend stocks have become — as attractive as REITs may be –Â the pipeline partnershipÂ possibilityÂ isÂ finally getting widespread recognition.Â In fact, Energy MLP ETFs/ETNs like JP Morgan Alerian MLP (AMJ)Â have beenÂ beatingÂ the total return competition.
What makes an Energy MLPÂ ETF (ETN)Â particularly worthwhile? For one thing, owningÂ a diversified basket of energy infrastructure partnerships lets you tap intoÂ an oligarchical [...] [...more]
Master Limited Partnership ETFs, MLP ETFs, Drug ETFs, Pharmaceutical ETFS, Emerging Market Infrastructure ETFs
Click here to listen to the show: 11-6-2011
There are 4 exchange-traded vehicles with sufficient volume that a master limited partnership (MLP)Â enthusiast should consider.Â More specifically, for those investors who do not wish to pick individual securities, there are several diversified MLP products offeringÂ the possibility of capital appreciation and the certainty of a solid income stream.
First,Â a quick primer onÂ energy pipeline partnerships. Energy MLPsÂ typicallyÂ own the [...] [...more]
Are you wondering if the market can go significantly higher by year end? Maybe your question should take the U.S. market’s remarkableÂ resilienceÂ into account.
Specifically, the S&P 500Â has not closed in bear market territory. In fact, the large-cap barometerÂ would have to close below 1096 to get there. Yet,Â with the exception ofÂ a few scary moments, theÂ gauge hasÂ demonstrated its [...] [...more]
Two weeks earlier,Â the U.S. stock market (S&P 500) sat near 1340. By the close of Monday’s bell, the market finished at 1119â€¦ a startling -16.5% breakdown.
Perhaps more shocking, however, was the indiscriminate selling of several long-time, non-volatile income producers. For example, in the same period,Â iShares S&PÂ Preferred (PFF) tumbled -14.1%. Considering the fact that preferred shares [...] [...more]