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  • 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 ...

  • A $108k Portfolio That Needs an Overhaul ETFguide - Thu, Jul 3, 2014 3:26 PM EDT

    My latest request for a Portfolio Report Card is from Andy in New Jersey. He was curious about whether his investment account was adequately diversified and if he is on the right track. The portfolio I ...

  • 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 ...

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