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  • 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 ...

  • Are Gold and Silver Topping Out? ETFguide - Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:17 AM EDT

    Where have all the precious metal bears gone?  They are now as scarce as the gold bugs (NYSEARCA:NUGT) were back at the December lows. After a 9% year to date rise in silver (NYSEARCA:SLV) and a similar ...

  • How healthy are corporate balance sheets? It depends who you ask. One news outlet said that U.S. firms are hoarding a record $1.6 trillion in cash led by Apple, Google, and Microsoft. Shockingly, that ...

  • Beware! Reaching for Yield has Never Been More Deadly ETFguide - Fri, Jun 27, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Did you know the Dubai stock market has been crashing? The Dubai Financial Market General Index fell from a high near 5,400 on 5/6/14 to below 4,000 this past week. It now sits near 4,200, down over 20% ...

  • Don’t Make These Widespread Mutual Fund Mistakes! ETFguide - Thu, Jun 26, 2014 5:12 PM EDT

    “People should only buy mutual funds with experienced portfolio managers that have good long-term track records.” “Investing in highly rated mutual funds with at least 4 or 5 stars is a sure-fire way to ...

  • Watch out! The Stock Market is Slow ETFguide - Wed, Jun 25, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    How slow has the stock market gotten? Answer:  All time extremes in slow. Volatility, daily ranges, and even volume have all fallen to levels not seen in years.  If you’ve been observant enough to notice ...

  • How to Print Money in the Psychotic Gold Market ETFguide - Thu, Jun 19, 2014 8:39 PM EDT

    The gold market is the epitome of human psychosis.* On one hand, there’s the anti-gold camp that have utter disdain for precious metals 24 hours a day, eight days a week. On the other hand, there are the ...

  • Dow Hits Key Milestone, Despite Slowing Growth ETFguide - Wed, Jun 18, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    The Dow is up just 1% for the year, its weakest start since 2010, as GDP expectations continue to be slashed in what has now become a laughable common theme for the first half of each year since the financial ...

  • Did Draghi just put the Dagger in the Euro Rally? ETFguide - Thu, Jun 12, 2014 12:54 PM EDT

    Last week the ECB’s Mario Draghi again took unprecedented steps to weaken the Euro when he made bank deposit rates a negative -0.15%. In addition to the rate changes he added an additional package of $400B ...

  • Is Gold Ready to Bounce? ETFguide - Tue, Jun 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Gold and silver have been all over the map in 2014.  Through February, they were both up over 10% and outperforming stocks. Since then, they have given back all of their gains. Gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) now ...

  • I’ve always wondered what a professional gambler’s portfolio would look like. Would it be a broadly diversified portfolio of penny stocks with a Kenny Rogers box set and a shot of whiskey to boot? Or perhaps, ...

  • 3 Industry Sectors Vital to the Stock Market’s Health ETFguide - Tue, Jun 3, 2014 3:49 PM EDT

    Performance divergences, especially in key industry sectors, are either supportive or non-supportive of the broader stock market’s move. Although the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) and Dow Jones Industrial Average ...

  • A $725,000 Portfolio on Shaky Ground ETFguide - Tue, May 27, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Having a six or seven figure sized investment portfolio doesn’t automatically make it smart. Such is the case with a $725,000 investment portfolio that I recently graded. An investment Portfolio Report ...

  • Beware! The Holy Grail ETFguide - Sat, May 24, 2014 7:57 AM EDT

    One of the toughest jobs an investor has is finding indicators that work during all kinds of markets, not just bull markets. Too often analysts find something that has signaled key market turning points ...

  • 2 Times When Diversification Becomes Di-Worsification ETFguide - Fri, May 23, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    Diversifying your investment portfolio: It’s a dull exercise that people repeatedly hear, yet a chore they execute with consistent imprecision. Are there times when diversification can actually become ...

  • Home Depot is Optimistic. Should You Be? ETFguide - Thu, May 22, 2014 11:25 AM EDT

    If you follow our research you know that we have been bearish the housing sector since May 2013 when we warned falling lumber prices were a leading indicator of soon to be weakness for homebuilders. In ...

  • Why Do So Many Investors Self-Destruct? ETFguide - Wed, May 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    “The investor’s chief problem—and even his worst enemy—is likely to be himself,” once quipped the great Benjamin Graham. The truth of Graham’s observation is seen in the consistent pattern of mutual fund ...

  • Are Emerging Markets Ready to Outperform? ETFguide - Tue, May 20, 2014 12:49 PM EDT

    Since 2011 emerging market stocks have been significantly underperforming the more traditional U.S. and European indices. In fact, over the past three years the ETF that tracks the emerging markets (NYSEARCA:EEM) ...

  • Building Your Investment Portfolio Shouldn’t Be Scary ETFguide - Mon, May 19, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    How frightened to invest are people? So frightened, they’d rather die! A poll taken by Harris Interactive for Nationwide Financial found that 62% of surveyed respondents are afraid of investing in the ...

  • Do Regulators Encourage Market Manipulation? ETFguide - Fri, May 16, 2014 10:23 AM EDT

    The latest episode of stock market cheating by high-frequency traders (HFT) has set in, yet unanswered questions remain. Do regulators like the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) encourage market ...

  • Market Breadth is Blowing Warning Signs ETFguide - Thu, May 15, 2014 4:01 PM EDT

    After today’s selloff, the Dow and S&P are still less than 2% from making new all time price highs, but breadth indicators suggest the market may be rolling over here. The number of stocks that are participating ...

  • Will Small Cap Stocks Find their Mojo? ETFguide - Wed, May 14, 2014 7:23 AM EDT

    Followers of our research already know that the latest market pullback is not like any of the recent others. For starters, we are entering the 32nd month since the last 10% pullback in the S&P 500. The ...

  • How to Beat the Low Yield Cycle ETFguide - Mon, May 12, 2014 3:21 PM EDT

    How would you like an 11% cut to your paycheck? That’s exactly what’s happened to income investors who own long-term Treasuries (ChicagoOptions:^TYX). At the beginning of the year, 30-year U.S. Treasury ...

  • This Five-Year Trend is in Jeopardy ETFguide - Fri, May 9, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    It is no secret the Nasdaq (NASDAQGIDS:^IXIC) and Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) have been hit much harder than the larger cap indices the last two months, still down over 6% and 8% each from their March ...

  • Treasury Bonds Sizzle, High Tech Fizzles ETFguide - Wed, May 7, 2014 3:54 PM EDT

    What do you get when you add up Twitter, Yelp, and Weibo? Answer: Deflation. That’s the latest joke as former high-flying tech stocks fizzle, while Treasury bonds sizzle. Over the past several weeks we’ve ...

  • Is Stock Market Volatility Increasing? ETFguide - Mon, May 5, 2014 5:49 PM EDT

    Is stock market volatility rising or falling? For most of this year, stock market volatility has actually outperformed the stock market itself. But for whatever reason, it’s an unpopular narrative that’s ...

  • Big Misses in GDP? Here’s Why the Market isn’t Spooked ETFguide - Fri, May 2, 2014 12:47 PM EDT

    In shock of the year (OK, not really), GDP was barely positive in the first quarter; up only 0.1% with weather taking the primary blame. Of course this faltering growth rate was completely missed by every ...

  • Corporate America’s Late Cycle Behavior ETFguide - Thu, May 1, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    The pace of U.S. merger and acquisition (M&A) activity has erupted. Bankers and lawyers love it because it gives them work. And investors of the targeted companies love it so long as the buyout premium ...

  • What Would Baron Rothschild Say about Russian Stocks? ETFguide - Wed, Apr 30, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Russia is in deep trouble. Never mind that it’s on the brink of full-blown war with Ukraine. International sanctions were just imposed against 17 companies with close ties to President Vladmir Putin, and ...

  • Followers of our research already know that the latest market pullback is not like any of the others of the past two years. For starters, it has now been 31 months since the last 10% S&P pullback. The ...

  • Housing – Looking Over the Edge of a Cliff ETFguide - Sat, Apr 26, 2014 9:45 AM EDT

    After underperforming during winter 2014, March’s housing market data was expected to rebound.  That did not happen, and housing remains crucially poised at the edge of a cliff, with higher home prices ...

  • Stock Prices Are Cheap! Valuation Geeks Get it Wrong Again ETFguide - Fri, Apr 25, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    “Stocks are cheap by historical standards” is the latest fiction being promoted by valuation geeks. Is it true? Meb Faber, proprietor of the Cambria Global Value ETF (NYSEARCA:GVAL), and a valuation guru ...

  • Auto Sales: What’s underneath the hood? ETFguide - Thu, Apr 24, 2014 10:23 AM EDT

    How good are auto sales? Earlier this month, General Motors (NYSE:GM) released March sales growth of 4.1%, positively surprising the much lower consensus 0.8% increase.  These are excellent sales numbers ...

  • Gold vs. Silver: Is the Ratio Bullish or Bearish? ETFguide - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    The gold/silver ratio has been on a fierce bullish run, what does it mean? This ratio measures the relative strength of gold compared to silver and is calculated by dividing one ounce of gold’s current ...

  • A Closer Look at What S&P Sector Performance is Saying ETFguide - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    What does the performance of S&P 500 industry sectors telling us right now? For one, the recent sell-off that took down the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average a few percentage points looks very different ...

  • Should Your Portfolio Own Commodities? ETFguide - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Should your investment portfolio have exposure to commodities? The problem with commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC) is that most of us don’t have storage space in the garage for a herd of cattle or pork bellies. ...

  • Don’t Get Hit By a Falling BRIC ETFguide - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    A credit bubble (China), inflation (Brazil), and the threat of war (Russia) have made BRICs a dangerous place to invest. Is the worst over? “BRIC” is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, and China that ...

  • Stocks and the Yen, Married at the Hip ETFguide - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Wanna know where stocks are headed? Watch the Japanese Yen! If you follow our research, it’s been no secret that the Yen has been driving the stock market’s ups and downs. In a research piece I did on ...

  • 3 Steps to Beating the Retirement Income Shortage ETFguide - Tue, Apr 15, 2014 6:46 PM EDT

    One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. This is an apt description of retirement income investors who definitely want and need more dividends, ...

  • Has Momentum Investing Lost its Mojo? ETFguide - Mon, Apr 14, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Former high flying industry sectors like biotech (NASDAQGIDS:IBB) and social media stocks (NYSEARCA:SOCL) have crashed between 14-16% over the past month. Have hot momentum stocks lost their mojo? One ...

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