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  • A Seasonal Snapshot of the S&P 500 ETFguide - Thu, Jan 29, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Although we know market prices always trump seasonality in terms of importance, we shouldn’t completely ignore the significance of historical seasonal trends. Since 1996, the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) has ended ...

  • Super Bowl Indicator: Bullish or Bearish? ETFguide - Tue, Jan 27, 2015 8:55 AM EST

    Sometimes the quirkiest predictors of stock market performance are the most accurate. And for whatever reason, the Super Bowl Indicator fits that precise description. It has scored an accuracy ratio of ...

  • Assets Flood to Europe ETFguide - Mon, Jan 26, 2015 1:55 PM EST

    How did market participants react to the ECB’s 1.1 trillion euro QE-styled asset purchase plan? By pouring money into European stocks. Europe focused stock ETFs (NYSEARCA:VGK) collectively raked in 65% ...

  • 2015 Outlook: Wall Street Hates Bonds ETFguide - Thu, Jan 22, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    It’s that time of year again. You know, the wonderful season when Wall Street’s strategists crawl out of their crevices to make predictions about the year ahead. What are they prophesying for 2015? Wall ...

  • Are Momentum Stocks Losing Momentum? ETFguide - Tue, Jan 20, 2015 9:56 AM EST

    Never mind how the U.S. stock market is posting modest year-to-date losses close to 2%. Momentum stocks are up and so is risk taking. A comparison of the iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (NYSEARCA:MTUM) ...

  • Portfolio Report Card: A Misaligned $182,000 Retirement Plan ETFguide - Mon, Jan 19, 2015 9:30 AM EST

    What does the optimal investment portfolio look like? Is it the portfolio with the hottest stocks and ETFs? Is it the portfolio managed by famous money managers? Actually, the optimal portfolio is perfectly ...

  • Volatility: Friend or Foe? ETFguide - Fri, Jan 16, 2015 9:56 AM EST

    Stock market volatility is frequently portrayed as an evil force that all investors should strive to avoid. However, embracing volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) rather than avoiding it can be extremely ...

  • Portfolio Report Card: A Risk Heavy $696,000 Investment Plan ETFguide - Thu, Jan 15, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Your investment portfolio is nothing more than a reflection of you. Put another way, it’s a personal statement about how you view risk, taxes, diversification, and investment cost. If you’re negligent ...

  • Are Stocks Ignoring the Bond Market’s Warning? ETFguide - Wed, Jan 14, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    After gaining five consecutive years and gaining nine out the past 10 years, the U.S. stock market is on a roll. And while it’s easy to become complacent, warning signs are already showing up in the bond ...

  • Do Rising Auto Delinquencies Spell Trouble Ahead? ETFguide - Mon, Jan 12, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Is consumer credit quality deteriorating? TransUnion reports: “While delinquency levels for subprime borrowers have grown from 4.2% in Q3 2012 to 4.5% in Q3 2013 to 5.3% in Q3 2014, the contribution of ...

  • Have Energy Stocks Finally Bottomed? ETFguide - Thu, Jan 8, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Energy stocks slid 8.7% last year and was the only S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:VOO) industry sector to lose value in 2014. Have energy stocks (NYSEARCA:XLE) really bottomed? FactSet reports: “Despite declining oil ...

  • All investment portfolios are comparable to a novel, where each individual chooses their own personal genre and classification. If your investment portfolio was a novel, what genre would it be? Adventure? ...

  • Is Rising Stock Market Volatility Bullish? ETFguide - Tue, Jan 6, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    When stocks go up volatility goes down and vice versa. While this historically inverse relationship plays out most of the time, there’s been a significant disconnect as of late. The chart below illustrates ...

  • Is it Time for Stock Market Investors to Play Defense? ETFguide - Fri, Jan 2, 2015 9:05 AM EST

    The U.S. stock market has gained five consecutive years and 9 out of the past 10 years. Put another way, an offensive oriented aggressive approach toward stocks has worked like a charm. Is it time for ...

  • Never mind what the cute marketing brochures or what nouveau indexers say. The trumped-up allegations that beta is somehow “smart” or “better” is a grand ole fairytale. (Audio) A Real Life Story about ...

  • A Boring Sector with Spectacular Results ETFguide - Mon, Dec 29, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    “If investing is entertaining, if you’re having fun, you’re probably not making any money. Good investing is boring,” observed George Soros. Which sector of the stock market fits that description? “Boring” ...

  • Q&A: Why Can’t Leveraged ETFs be Bought and Held? ETFguide - Fri, Dec 26, 2014 9:05 AM EST

    Dear ETFguide, You and just about all the other ETF specialists are very adamant about using leveraged ETFs as short-term trades only. Please comment about what I’ve done for a 5-year period of time that ...

  • Prioritize This Task Before Buying Your Next Individual Stock ETFguide - Tue, Dec 23, 2014 10:06 AM EST

    The age of not having a believable investment plan is over. But that still hasn’t solved the problem of having too many investment choices. That leaves the prudent investor with no other option but to ...

  • Is the Table for Higher Stock Market Volatility Set? ETFguide - Mon, Dec 22, 2014 3:09 PM EST

    Rising stock market volatility on the heels of rising stock prices is among the most intriguing market developments over the past few months. And it’s gone little noticed by the mainstream financial media. ...

  • We can officially count 2014 as another bad year for Wall Street’s investment strategists. Not only were they dead wrong about their prediction that interest rates would rise. They were also wrong about bond ...

  • The Long-Term Investing Fallacy ETFguide - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 3:07 PM EST

    The financial services industry likes to preach the benefits of compounding returns and long-term investing. Have they overstated or even misstated their cause? It’s common for industry types to illustrate ...

  • 3 Tips for Trading Leveraged ETFs ETFguide - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    If you think the stock market is a volatile place, you ought to get a load of ETFs that use leverage. From Sep. 15 to Oct. 16, the ProShares Ultra 2x Dow 30 Fund (NYSEARCA:DDM) collapsed 10.22%. But from ...

  • The Bull Market in U.S. Treasuries that Just Won’t Quit ETFguide - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 10:08 AM EST

    Stocks around the globe are swooning and bonds are zooming. The almost 3% correction in the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) over the past week has pushed long-term Treasury bond ETFs (NYSEARCA:TLT) higher by around ...

  • Are Momentum Stocks Losing their Momentum? ETFguide - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 2:31 PM EST

    Are momentum stocks losing their luster? High flying momentum stocks like Tesla Motors (NasdaqGS:TSLA), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and GoPro (NasdaqGS:GPRO) have experienced sharp pullbacks over the past few ...

  • 4 Symptoms of an Unhealthy Investment Portfolio ETFguide - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:10 AM EST

    If you own a portfolio of investments, this article is for you. It doesn’t matter if you’re new at investing or a veteran with years of experience.  It also doesn’t matter whether you have a tax deferred ...

  • Keeping track of global macroeconomic trends is a daunting task. For that reason, each month we organize and rank the key market trends in our Mega Investment Theme Report by order of significance. Here’s ...

  • How Long Will Stock Market Volatility Stay Subdued? ETFguide - Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    Reader poll: What’s among the most depressed asset classes in the world? If you answered “volatility” you’re right on! The problem for volatility bulls (NYSEARCA:VXX) is we haven’t had a sustained level ...

  • Isn’t it more than ironic that of all the times stock picking fund managers would post their worst multi-decade performance – that it would be smack dab in the middle of a raging bull market? Never mind ...

  • Facts and Fiction about Portfolio Diversification ETFguide - Fri, Nov 28, 2014 9:45 AM EST

    Let’s examine the facts and fiction about portfolio diversification. Fiction: A 60/40 stock and bond portfolio (Nasdaq:VBMVX) is fully diversified. Fact: Only investment portfolios with market exposure ...

  • Stocks are Up, So are Valuations ETFguide - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 2:22 PM EST

    When you ask Wall Street about valuations (NYSEARCA:IWD) they are quick to respond that things are “within normal ranges”. A spokesman from UBS sums up the sentiment quite well, “the much broader view ...

  • Stock ETFs Keep Vacuuming in Assets ETFguide - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 5:03 PM EST

    Never mind how U.S. stocks are at all-time highs.  People are pouring more money into stock tracking ETFs. The top three ETFs by asset inflows over the past week were the iShares S&P MidCap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH), ...

  • These 2 Categories are Beating the S&P 500 ETFguide - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    While Wall Street and the mainstream media is enamored by one all-time high after another in the U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:DIA), other key investment themes have largely been ignored or forgotten. If ...

  • Risk On or Risk Off? That is the Question ETFguide - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 10:08 AM EST

    For years we have heard about the “risk on” trade and how the move into riskier and riskier assets was helping drive stock markets higher.  Whether it really is Zero Interest Rate Policies (ZIRP) or just ...

  • A Financial Roadmap for Millennials ETFguide - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    Being a millennial means you’re young. And while it’s great to have youth, it’s vanity unless you put it to good use. It’s been said that a good plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. This ...

  • Does Stock Market Trading Volume Still Matter? ETFguide - Mon, Nov 17, 2014 10:08 AM EST

    As of late, stock market trading volume has been lethargic and is now far below its 50 and 200 day moving averages. It’s too early to blame it on the Thanksgiving holiday, so what is going on? A look back ...

  • How Long Will it Take Before Bond Yields Hit Bottom? ETFguide - Fri, Nov 14, 2014 12:04 PM EST

    A skilled magician knows the art of distracting the audience is just as important as mastering the trick. And the magicians on Wall Street have once again successfully deflected the investing public’s ...

  • Dow 100,000? Sure, in this Fantasy World ETFguide - Wed, Nov 12, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    The Dow could go to 100,000, easily.  All it would take is a Dollar that is worth about 17% what it is today.  It’s simple math really, and the Japanese stock market (NYSEARCA:EWJ) has also been doing ...

  • 3 Signs Your Mutual Fund is a Looming Tax Headache ETFguide - Tue, Nov 11, 2014 10:07 AM EST

    Even if you don’t sell your mutual funds in 2014, you could still be on the hook for a hefty tax bill. The good news is you can limit the tax bite by paying attention to what’s going on with the … Read ...

  • Is Your Investment Portfolio a One-Trick Pony? ETFguide - Fri, Nov 7, 2014 3:39 PM EST

    One-trick investment portfolios are everywhere.  Do you have one? What is a one-trick pony portfolio? It’s the kind of investment mix that is over-weighted or concentrated in one stock, one asset, or just ...

  • Slaying Fiction about Gold and QE ETFguide - Wed, Nov 5, 2014 10:05 AM EST

    Assassinating financial fairytales is something I enjoy doing. And the precious metals (NYSEARCA:GLTR) market is jam-packed with fiction of all sizes, flavors, and colors. One of the biggest pieces of ...

  • Auto Companies are Back to Their Old Tricks ETFguide - Tue, Nov 4, 2014 12:05 PM EST

    This week GM (NYSE:GM) reported “its best October in seven years” as sales ticked up 0.2%, but wound up well below the consensus estimate of 3.1%.  As a result the autos fell in price on Monday when the ...

  • Most of the almost $20 million in investment portfolios that I’ve analyzed and graded this year have been on individual accounts. But a few, like my latest Portfolio Report Card on a $823,000 portfolio ...

  • A Dow Theory Bull Signal for Stocks? ETFguide - Fri, Oct 31, 2014 10:22 AM EDT

    Dow Theory is one of the oldest market techniques in existence and right now it suggests the Dow is in a very precarious situation. On one hand the Dow Transports have again roared to new all time highs, ...

  • Is Gold’s Knockout Punch Coming? ETFguide - Thu, Oct 30, 2014 2:50 PM EDT

    Having an entrenched view is a good recipe for failure. And perhaps, there’s no better Wall Street case study than Peter Schiff, a precious metals permabull. Never mind his incorrect calls about a U.S. ...

  • Goldilocks and the Three Bears ETFguide - Wed, Oct 29, 2014 9:58 AM EDT

    Sometimes keeping the forest from the trees is the hardest thing to do. Think about this dilemma when it comes to the markets. For the past two years investors, traders, and everyone in between have been ...

  • Why do we take unnecessary risk with our investments? Is it because we’re gluttons for punishment or is it because we’re incredibly brave? Often, it’s because we’re simply distracted or unaware. Although ...

  • Rules for Trading Leveraged ETFs ETFguide - Fri, Oct 24, 2014 4:41 PM EDT

    If you think the stock market is a volatile place, you ought to get a load of ETFs that use leverage. From Oct. 10 to Oct. 15, the Direxion Daily S&P 500 Bull 3x ETF (NYSEARCA:SPXL) collapsed 10.07%. But ...

  • Psst…Volatility is Still Outperforming the S&P 500 ETFguide - Wed, Oct 22, 2014 10:08 AM EDT

    One week after the VIX (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) spiked to 30, Wall Street’s Kool-Aid drunks are back to saying that stock market volatility is over. It’s done. And it’s never returning. The Santa Claus rally ...

  • China: A Bull Market in the Making? ETFguide - Tue, Oct 21, 2014 5:01 PM EDT

    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 ...

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