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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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