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  • China: A Bull Market in the Making? ETFguide - 10 hours ago

    In China, real estate makes up over 74% of a household’s wealth with the average family there having a net worth equivalent to $71,000. This is in stark contrast to the U.S. where the mirror image prevails ...

  • Is This Your Portfolio? ETFguide - Mon, Oct 20, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

    Investment portfolios come in all shapes and sizes. Some are big and some are small. But regardless of their size, there’s a common thread. What am I talking about? All portfolios, regardless of whether ...

  • Proof that Fundamentals aren’t Driving Market Prices ETFguide - Fri, Oct 17, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

    It’s been a long known phenomena that the world’s financial markets are highly correlated.  This is much more true today than it was even just 10 years ago. Generally, when European bonds rally, so do ...

  • Is Swelling Volatility on Modest Declines Bullish? ETFguide - Thu, Oct 16, 2014 1:16 PM EDT

    It’s been three years since the last significant stock market decline. The 19% slide from April 2011 to October 2011 stoked fear, but still missed the official definition of 20% bear market. This time ...

  • The Real Reason Behind Gold’s October Surge ETFguide - Wed, Oct 15, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    On October 6 when GLD was trading for $114, I outlined a surprising case for the bullish trend change in the precious metals by asking the question accompanying the chart below, “What is this a chart of?” ...

  • One Rally That Has Blindsided Wall Street’s Throngs ETFguide - Tue, Oct 14, 2014 7:38 PM EDT

    It seems nobody on Wall Street can stop talking about how the S&P 500 just breached its 200-day moving average for the first time since November 2012. From bedazzled TV anchors to nouveau bears, it’s suddenly ...

  • How to Navigate the Stock Market’s Bumpy Ride ETFguide - Fri, Oct 10, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    The past two weeks have seen four of the top 10 most volatile trading days of the year, raising concerns that the market’s advance may be ending. Whether that is true or not, no doubt volatility has increased ...

  • The Crowd Votes for Stocks over Cash ETFguide - Thu, Oct 9, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    What do investors love and what do they hate? Where are they putting their money? Analyzing the money inflow/outflow data for ETFs gives us some clues. In a study of U.S. ETF flows just published by the ...

  • Volatility Outperforms S&P 500 by Almost 50% ETFguide - Tue, Oct 7, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Welcome to October, the most historically volatile month of the year! The good news for bulls is that the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) still trades above key support levels and remains in an uptrend. Yet, stock ...

  • This Secret Uptrend Will Surprise You ETFguide - Mon, Oct 6, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

    Check out the chart below.  Looks rather bullish doesn’t it? Not only has price made higher lows since the beginning of the year, it also recently found support at a key trendline and its 200 day moving ...

  • Whenever we begin a journey, the excitement of getting started frequently overtakes us. We begin with unrealistic expectations and end disappointed. The investing experience of many people follows this ...

  • How could the market be making new all time highs when two of the largest industries continued to struggle and are now down significantly from their price highs? If you follow our work you no doubt know ...

  • So this is the Bursting of the Bond Market’s Bubble? ETFguide - Wed, Oct 1, 2014 6:54 PM EDT

    Never mind which company Bill Gross is working at this week. The talking heads on Wall Street have been ranting about the bursting of the bond market’s bubble for years and it’s getting old. They did it ...

  • Inflation vs. Deflation: Who’s Winning? ETFguide - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 2:17 PM EDT

    When it comes to the inflation versus deflation debate there is basically one distinct caveat that first must be agreed upon before further discussion can commence. An agreement must be made whether the ...

  • This Indicator Correctly Warned About an Equity Pullback ETFguide - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 12:17 PM EDT

    Generally the bond market is considered “smarter” than the equity market. One of the reasons is the mere size of the bond market. Estimates for the U.S. bond market put it around $40 Trillion with the ...

  • Don’t Miss the Next Volatility Wave ETFguide - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    One of the most dominant narratives today is that stock market volatility has gone completely away and is never returning. Is it true? A research paper titled, “Stock Market Volatility during the 2008 ...

  • Here’s Why Bond Spreads Suggest Increased Risk ETFguide - Tue, Sep 23, 2014 12:57 PM EDT

    Small cap stocks on Monday had their largest decline in seven weeks.  While the Dow fell 0.6% (107 points), the small cap index was hit much harder and finished down 1.5%. The Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) ...

  • Here’s 50 Blue Chip Stocks that Should Make Shareholders Mad ETFguide - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Regardless of whether you believe the stock market is overvalued or undervalued, one thing we can all agree upon is that stocks have been stellar performers. The S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) has risen five consecutive ...

  • Should You Chase the U.S. Dollar’s Rally? ETFguide - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    The U.S. Dollar (NYSEARCA:UUP) has been rallying since early May, and is 6% higher since.  This is a really big move in such a short time for the world’s largest currency. Even though the implications ...

  • Is the Stock Market’s Momentum Fading? ETFguide - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 3:50 PM EDT

    This just in: U.S. stocks are at record highs, but caveat emptor. Why? Because fewer and fewer stocks are participating in the rally. Almost half of the stocks (47%) within the Nasdaq Composite (NYSEARCA:ONEQ) ...

  • Price Action in Homebuilders Says Worst is Ahead ETFguide - Thu, Sep 11, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Did you know that homebuilding stocks topped way back in May 2013 and are still down in price over 15% since?  It’s true.  And 16 months later, homebuilders still have not made new price highs! Check out ...

  • Equity Bearishness Sinks to 20 Year Lows ETFguide - Wed, Sep 10, 2014 1:21 PM EDT

    Is pessimism about the stock market really as high as equity bulls claim? One measure of the stock market’s mood is the Investor’s Intelligence Sentiment Index, which offers us a compact view of how market ...

  • Are Junk Bonds Signaling Pause in Equity Rally? ETFguide - Tue, Sep 9, 2014 2:41 PM EDT

    What does the bond market know that the stock market doesn’t? Even the U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:IWV) have been scoring one record high after another, the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:JNK) has ...

  • Is a Correction Coming in the Municipal Bond Market? ETFguide - Mon, Sep 8, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Although the stock market gets most of the attention, it’s not necessarily the first in pecking order in investment universe.  Not only is this true from a markets movement perspective, it also holds in ...

  • Here’s What One Time Tested Indicator Says about Stocks ETFguide - Thu, Sep 4, 2014 4:27 PM EDT

    Dow Theory is one of the oldest trading strategies. Having been created in the early 1900s from the writings of the first editor of the Wall Street Journal, Charles H. Dow,  the Dow Theory utilizes sector ...

  • Warren Buffett is Once Again Doing the Opposite of the Crowd ETFguide - Tue, Sep 2, 2014 5:17 PM EDT

    The disdain for cash is nearly universal. Cash instruments like money market funds are yielding around 0%. And nobody needs or wants cash because stocks are up. The S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:IVV) just rallied ...

  • Are you Ready for the September Selloff? ETFguide - Fri, Aug 29, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    The markets have been practically dead this week leading up to the long holiday weekend. New all time S&P 500 highs were once again set Monday, August 25, but volume was dismal as the futures contracts ...

  • 6 Really Bad and Sad Portfolio Types ETFguide - Wed, Aug 27, 2014 5:23 PM EDT

    We live in a Golden Era of misaligned investment portfolios. These are rogue, poorly designed portfolios (401k, IRA, Roth IRA, UGMA, 529 plans, etc.) that are architecturally unsound. And for whatever ...

  • Ready for the Upcoming Decline in S&P Earnings Estimates? ETFguide - Tue, Aug 26, 2014 6:30 PM EDT

    Dear C-Suite executives and Wall Street analysts, I know the games you are playing. And it’s time your financial perversion is rightly exposed! On Monday, the Dallas Fed released data that showed new orders ...

  • Trick question: What does the optimal investment portfolio look like? Do you know? For example, is it the portfolio with the best performing 5-star rated fund managers of yesteryear? Is it the investment ...

  • S&P 500 Earnings Growth Still Below Historical Norms ETFguide - Tue, Aug 19, 2014 3:39 PM EDT

    With 95% of companies reporting, it looks like Q2 earnings are coming in as expected, around $27 per S&P 500 share. But what does this mean for 2014 and 2015 full year estimates and how does this compare ...

  • Treasury Doomsayers Get Grilled by Hated Rally in Bond Prices ETFguide - Mon, Aug 18, 2014 10:10 AM EDT

    In late 2013 just before the Federal Reserve began its scaling back on monthly Treasury bond purchases, the conventional wisdom was that interest rates would rise and bond prices would fall. Invariably, ...

  • What the E-Trade Indicator is Telling Us ETFguide - Fri, Aug 15, 2014 11:48 AM EDT

    Let’s be honest with ourselves for a bit.  A marketing campaign that uses a cute little baby talking about how easy it is to trade stocks during the Super Bowl was never meant to target the professional ...

  • This Volatility Cycle Strikes Again! ETFguide - Thu, Aug 14, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    The cyclical two-month pop in stock market volatility (VIX) came early this month. Volatility’s latest spike took VIX levels up over 30% from its July lows in a hurry. Volatility has made a habit of spiking ...

  • World-class investment portfolios deliberately minimize taxes and investment costs. Likewise, a well-built portfolio is handcrafted to perfectly match the unique investor personality of the individual. ...

  • Have you ever wondered why mutual funds that have 80% of their exposure to U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:SCHB) and the other 20% to international stocks (NYSEARCA:EFA) are still measuring their performance versus ...

  • 3 Telltale Signs of Disorderly Portfolio ETFguide - Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Since mid-May, I along with a growing army of independent portfolio analysts, have already graded $10.6 million in investment portfolios. Some of the individual investors are old, some are young. Some ...

  • Is the Corporate Debt Bubble Popping? ETFguide - Thu, Aug 7, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    There is a simple reason why no matter what is attempted as a remedy, the current economic recovery is not near as robust as most would expect after five years. There is also a simple reason why household ...

  • What is the optimal investment portfolio? Is it the one that contains the hottest performing stocks and funds? Actually, it’s the portfolio that perfectly represents a person’s psychology, life circumstances, ...

  • Back in December very few investors were bullish the metals. After all, silver (NYSEARCA:SLV) had fallen over 30% and gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) over 25% for the year. But, by March the metals (NYSEARCA:GDX) ...

  • The No Market Volatility Fairytale ETFguide - Tue, Jul 29, 2014 6:27 PM EDT

    Has 2014 stock market volatility really gone the way of dodo birds and dinosaurs as claimed? The news du jour is that falling VIX means that stock market volatility (NYSEARCA:SPY) is non-existent. Is it ...

  • Here’s Why the Euro has Topped ETFguide - Fri, Jul 25, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    The day June 5th was a very important day for Europe (NYSEARCA:FEZ). That was the day Mario Draghi pulled out all the stops and started to backup his words that he would do “whatever it takes” to prevent ...

  • Not many have noticed but the performance of high yield bonds (also known as “junk bonds”) are breaking down.  The decline in high yield corporate debt has been modest  (-1.5%) thus far, so it’s still ...

  • Portfolio Report Card: A $512,000 One-Trick Pony ETFguide - Mon, Jul 21, 2014 3:42 PM EDT

    Diversification means different things to different people. In some cultures, diversification means having large families to diversify so that when mom and dad get old, there will be plenty of children ...

  • Why You Should Finally Pay Attention to Earnings ETFguide - Thu, Jul 17, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    This week there are some major tech companies reporting earnings. On Tuesday, Intel (NASDAQGS:INTC) and Yahoo (NASDAQGS:YHOO) kicked off the earnings with EBAY (NASDAQGS:EBAY) and Google (NASDAQGS:GOOG) ...

  • Parallels Between 1987 and Today – Should You Be Spooked? ETFguide - Mon, Jul 14, 2014 4:16 PM EDT

    The latest pullback in the markets may have you a little spooked, especially if you own small cap stocks (NYSEARCA:IWM) which are down almost 5% already in July.  Year-to-date (YTD) small cap stocks (NYSEARCA:TZA) ...

  • Choosing the right investments is half the battle. The other half is knowing when to buy and sell. The invention of commission free ETF trading (NYSEARCA:DBC) doesn’t mean you should be ignorant about ...

  • Own Nike, Goldman, or Visa? Here’s Why you Should Worry ETFguide - Thu, Jul 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    How good at stock picking are the people that sit aboard the Dow Jones Industrial Average’s selection committee? Not very good, if you look at the track record of their additions and subtractions to the ...

  • Experts Get the Gold Market Wrong (again) ETFguide - Wed, Jul 9, 2014 7:31 PM EDT

    Two questions: How wrong have experts been about the gold market this year? And how much money has their bad advice cost people? Let’s tackle the first question, by extracting and analyzing some recent ...

  • “The best defense is a good offense.” That axiom has been applied in a broad array of fields including politics, sports, and the military. The 1985 Chicago Bears are still regarded as one of the NFL’s ...

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