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  • 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, ...

  • 43 Questions for Regulators about High-Frequency Trading ETFguide - Sat, Apr 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Note to the reader: “High-frequency trading” also known as “HFT” is done by firms established for sole purpose of gaining an unfair advantage over other stock market participants. Please keep that in mind ...

  • How to Use Gold’s Sentiment Extremes to Your Advantage ETFguide - Fri, Apr 11, 2014 4:44 PM EDT

    In December 2013 it was tough to find the gold bugs (NYSEARCA:NUGT). Either they went into hiding or at a minimum they were not nearly as vocal after gold (NYSEARCA:IAU) had fallen 30% on the year.  Silver ...

  • Poof! S&P 500 Erases YTD Gains ETFguide - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 5:36 PM EDT

    Was the S&P 500 the last proverbial man standing? Today’s -2.09% clobbering officially wiped out the S&P 500’s (NYSEARCA:IVV) YTD gain.  Put another way, three-months of gains were lost in single trading ...

  • Changing Winds for the Stock Market’s Leaders ETFguide - Thu, Apr 10, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    The Dow and S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) have declined 2% from their highs, while the Nasdaq (NASDAQGIDS:^IXIC) and Russell 2000 (NYSEARCA:IWM) have been hit much harder, down over 5% each from their March price ...

  • Ready for the Next Surge in Volatility? ETFguide - Wed, Apr 9, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Is another surge in stock market fear and volatility ahead? Will you be ready when it happens? “Public psychology is the most important single factor in shaping security markets,” said Gerald Loeb. Loeb ...

  • Frontier Markets: Investors Double Up on Risk ETFguide - Tue, Apr 8, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Money is flowing out of risky emerging market stocks (NYSEARCA:VWO), and guess where it’s going? Into even riskier frontier market debt and stocks (NasdaqGIDS:PMNA). The Economist reports: “Investors in ...

  • Market Froth? Sure, Why Not? ETFguide - Mon, Apr 7, 2014 12:55 PM EDT

    The U.S. stock market keeps making new highs as the S&P 500 approaches 1900 and many popular media discussions revolve around price-to-earnings or P/E multiples that are far from historical highs. It’s ...

  • Have Precious Metals Seen Their 2014 Peak? ETFguide - Fri, Apr 4, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    After posting its first monthly decline of 2014, gold now trades near 7-week lows and the charts are looking ugly. As readers familiar with our research know, last year we were consistently bearish on ...

  • Is the Euro about to Tank? ETFguide - Thu, Apr 3, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Eurozone inflation in March fell to only an annualized 0.5% rate causing a lot of chatter about the ECB’s meeting on Thursday, 4/3.  Much of the discussion has been focused on the IMF’s Managing Director’s ...

  • 4 Bold-Faced Lies about High Frequency Trading ETFguide - Wed, Apr 2, 2014 10:20 AM EDT

    FULL DISCLOSURE: I was once in the camp of high-frequency trading (HFT) supporters. But that changed on May 6, 2010 after the U.S stock market’s “Flash Crash.” After studying the arguments and facts, I’ve ...

  • Stock Market Breadth Continues to Wane and Warn ETFguide - Tue, Apr 1, 2014 10:20 AM EDT

    Although the headlines don’t necessarily reflect it, the U.S. stock market is having a very tough time continuing to make new all-time highs as all the major benchmarks remain flat to negative for the ...

  • Rigging the Stock Market is Old Hat ETFguide - Mon, Mar 31, 2014 6:57 PM EDT

    Is the latest revelation of stock market manipulation by high-speed traders via a just released 60 Minutes report really new? Before Michael Lewis’ latest book “Flash Boys,” there was “Wall Street Jungle” ...

  • Are Chinese Stocks Really a Bargain? ETFguide - Mon, Mar 31, 2014 10:20 AM EDT

    Chinese stocks are the bargain of a lifetime. That’s what pundits from Goldman Sachs to analysts at major media outlets have been reporting. Are they right? The resurgence of borrowing money, led by world ...

  • Bitcoin and the Road to Obsolescence ETFguide - Sat, Mar 29, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Napoleon Bonaparte once quipped that fame and glory is fleeting but obscurity is forever. As it turns out, that’s a fitting description of bitcoin’s illustrious past and probable future. Besides wild price ...

  • Why Can’t the Dow Make New Highs? ETFguide - Fri, Mar 28, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    In statistics, the Pareto rule suggests that generally 80% of effects come from around 20% of potential causes.  This is known as the 80/20 rule and in the business world it is typically used to suggest ...

  • A Portfolio Strategy Warren Buffett Would Approve ETFguide - Thu, Mar 27, 2014 10:14 AM EDT

    What are the attributes of a world-class investment portfolio that even Warren Buffett would bless? Buffett’s 2013 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders gives us a clue: “The ‘know-nothing’ investor ...

  • What’s Next for U.S Stocks? Watch the Yen ETFguide - Wed, Mar 26, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    While all eyes are on Russia’s next move, my eyes are focused farther east, to Japan. Much has been made in the media about the sanctions the U.S. is placing on Russia and many smart people are scrambling ...

  • Beating the Dividend Income Drought ETFguide - Tue, Mar 25, 2014 10:22 AM EDT

    Will dividend yields test 1999 lows? That was the title of my post from a few weeks ago in which I explained to readers how the dividend income drought facing investors continues into 2014. Interestingly, ...

  • Are Rising Inventories Good? ETFguide - Mon, Mar 24, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Two of the latest economic releases that caught my eye were wholesale sales and inventories, partly because sales fell off a cliff, but also because inventories did the opposite, rising significantly. ...

  • 3 Big Shortcomings of Target Date Funds ETFguide - Sat, Mar 22, 2014 10:07 AM EDT

    Around 41% of all 401(k) savers have are using target-date mutual funds (TDFs) and the numbers keep rising. Experts in the financial services industry applaud this trend, but are target-date funds really ...

  • Smart Beta Investing: New Paradigm or Word Trick ETFguide - Fri, Mar 21, 2014 10:30 AM EDT

    Is so-called smart beta investing a new and improved way to invest or just another one of Wall Street’s fancy sales pitches? Smart beta strategies (formerly known as “fundamental indexing”) in the investment ...

  • How Much Money is Enough for a Comfortable Retirement? ETFguide - Wed, Mar 19, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    In 2011, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation reached retirement age and over the next 15 years, around 8,000 Boomers per day will turn 65. And as more Americans contemplate life in retirement ...

  • Chinese Stocks are a Wonderful Value Trap ETFguide - Mon, Mar 17, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    When it comes to properly assessing China’s stock market, are financial experts bad or just blind? Here’s what they’ve been saying: Buck the Trend, Buy Chinese Stocks – Forbes, Jim Oberweis, 7/9/13 Huge ...

  • 2 Easy Ways to Add Commodities to Your Portfolio ETFguide - Sun, Mar 16, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    Commodities have outperformed stocks since the start of the year, but many investors have not benefited. Why? Because if there’s one category where most investment portfolios are lacking market exposure, ...

  • The Myth of Improving Corporate Balance Sheets ETFguide - Fri, Mar 14, 2014 2:14 PM EDT

    One of the major themes pushed by the financial networks and advisors the last few years is that corporate balance sheets have never been better. Is this really true? The usual suspects look at the amount ...

  • What Tumbling Copper Prices Mean for the Market ETFguide - Wed, Mar 12, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    Earlier this week we discussed China’s unfolding credit crisis and how this is likely just the first inning of a long and drawn out fall from grace as its growth continues to slow. In reality, China’s ...

  • Government Overspending is Fueling Debt Boom ETFguide - Tue, Mar 11, 2014 10:15 AM EDT

    Each month, our Mega Investment Theme Report organizes the order of major events by their impact and importance. And swelling sovereign debt (NYSEARCA:BWX) continues to be a stubborn trend that has made ...

  • The First Inning of China’s Bear Market ETFguide - Mon, Mar 10, 2014 6:45 PM EDT

    Never mind China’s reputation for cooking the books; its raw uncooked economic data is sagging. China’s unexpected drop of 18.1% for February exports was the biggest decline in Chinese exports in almost ...

  • Two Odd Bedfellows: U.S. Stocks and the Yen ETFguide - Fri, Mar 7, 2014 10:15 AM EST

    The U.S. Federal Reserve’s dual mandate is to maximize employment and combat inflation, nothing else right?  Well, if Japan’s central bank and monetary policy is any sign, the Reserve banks of the world ...

  • Stock Market Fear is Tapering, Greed is Back ETFguide - Thu, Mar 6, 2014 4:19 PM EST

    The stock market’s wild mood swings from fear to greed and back are in full swing again. And this time around, the investing public’s fear of missing out on potential stock gains is greater than its fear ...

  • How Much Upside Do Precious Metals Have? ETFguide - Wed, Mar 5, 2014 10:15 AM EST

    Tension between Russia and Ukraine are high, sending precious metals significantly higher as a safe haven bid. The question of whether this has the potential of becoming World War III or if the conflict ...

  • $17.41 Trillion in U.S. Debt, like Stocks, at Record Levels ETFguide - Tue, Mar 4, 2014 3:25 PM EST

    The Russell 2000 small cap index (NYSEARCA:IWM) just made a new all-time high, but stocks aren’t the only thing topping. U.S. public debt is at record levels too and heading higher. Total outstanding public ...

  • Russia Isn’t Only Trouble Spot for Emerging Markets ETFguide - Mon, Mar 3, 2014 7:57 PM EST

    As if war between Russia and Ukraine wasn’t bad enough, emerging market stocks (NYSEARCA:BKF) are still dealing with two other major problems: China’s unfolding credit crisis and Latin America’s currency ...

  • Does the Sleeping Giant (VIX) Have More Upside? ETFguide - Mon, Mar 3, 2014 10:15 AM EST

    Like a sleeping giant, stock market volatility can hibernate, but it never goes away. Right now, the giant is showing signs of awakening and whether the beast completely tramples the city is yet to be ...

  • Will Dividend Yields Test ’99 Lows? ETFguide - Fri, Feb 28, 2014 3:32 PM EST

    The past six years have been brutal for dividend and income investors. Zero percent interest rates have depressed bond yields (NYSEARCA:BOND) and with major stock indexes (^DJI) now trading at all-time ...

  • How Strong is the Stock Market? ETFguide - Thu, Feb 27, 2014 10:00 AM EST

    The S&P made a new intraday all time high on Monday, 2/24, hitting 1,858.  Although it couldn’t hold that level and sellers sent price back below the all time closing high of 1,848 from January, the market’s ...

  • Valuation Models Say Stock Market Losses Ahead ETFguide - Wed, Feb 26, 2014 5:17 PM EST

    Overpaying for anything is a bad idea. But it’s an especially bad thing when it comes to investing in the stock market. James Montier at GMO correctly observes: “Over the years I’ve witnessed many attempts ...

  • Is Buying Stocks Near All Time Highs the Right Move? ETFguide - Tue, Feb 25, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Wall Street analysts’ votes are in.  The S&P 500 will end the year around 1,952.  Put your money in an index fund, sit back, and take in 6% this year.  Easy, right? If only investing were so simple.  History ...

  • Is this the Weakest Bull Market in History? ETFguide - Mon, Feb 24, 2014 6:45 PM EST

    “Men, it has been well said, think in herds; it will be seen that they go mad in herds, while they only recover their senses slowly, one by one,” said Charles MacKay in his classic book the Madness of ...

  • Higher Stock Prices on Declining Volume, a Major Red Flag? ETFguide - Fri, Feb 21, 2014 1:46 PM EST

    The February rally has brought stocks back up near their all time highs. The rise to new all time highs followed by a few percent pullback (6% in the market’s latest case) has been the market’s pattern ...

  • Are Corporate Earnings Being Gamed? ETFguide - Thu, Feb 20, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    Are corporate earnings really as great as the executives at the helm and Wall Street want us to believe? Over 70% of S&P 500 (^GSPC) companies that have already reported beat analysts’ earnings estimates ...

  • Don’t Get Blindsided by the Next Volatility Outburst ETFguide - Tue, Feb 18, 2014 6:30 AM EST

    Most investors were caught off-guard by the stock market’s sharp correction in January. From their price highs to their lows the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) fell 6.1%, the Dow (NYSEARCA:DIA) 7.4%, and the Russell ...

  • China’s Busted Bank Loans Hit 2008 Crisis Levels ETFguide - Sat, Feb 15, 2014 10:15 AM EST

    Depending on whom you believe, China is either on the verge of economic utopia or a major economic shock. And the data is leaning toward the latter. Non-performing loans made by Chinese banks soared to ...

  • Have Housing Stocks Topped? ETFguide - Fri, Feb 14, 2014 1:46 PM EST

    On January 30 RealtyTrac realesed their annual report on U.S. home foreclosures.  One of the highlights of the report is the number of homes there were “flipped” in 2013 rose to 157k.  This was up 16% ...

  • Are Covered Call Funds a Smart Income Play? ETFguide - Thu, Feb 13, 2014 4:42 PM EST

    What’s better? A covered call options strategy executed by the individual investor or a covered call ETF or fund that proposes to do the heavy lifting? Selling covered calls is a popular investment technique ...

  • Let the Spending Spree Begin! ETFguide - Wed, Feb 12, 2014 3:38 PM EST

    Debt ceilings have done little to curb the U.S. government’s escalating debt load and if you thought overspending was a serious problem before, welcome to the next cycle. That’s because U.S. politicians ...

  • The Stock Market has Bad Breadth ETFguide - Tue, Feb 11, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    The number of stocks in the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) above their 200 day moving averages is now below 70%, the lowest amount in over a year.  The last time the % was this low, the S&P was on its way … Read ...

  • Emerging Markets and Parallels to the pre-2008 Crash ETFguide - Mon, Feb 10, 2014 4:44 PM EST

    Are there parallels between the pre-2008 U.S. stock market crash and emerging markets today? Emerging market bulls (NYSEARCA:EDC) say that cheap market valuations are a reason to own stocks from countries ...

  • MyRA is Dead on Arrival ETFguide - Fri, Feb 7, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    During his State of the Union address, President Obama unveiled his new plan to increase retirement savings. The plan is dubbed “MyRA” and is geared for people without a company sponsored retirement plan. ...

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