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  • 3 Ageless Lessons for Nasdaq 5000 ETFguide - 11 hours ago

    Back to the future! The Nasdaq Composite Index (NasdaqGIDS:^IXIC) just crossed 5,000. Other stock market yardsticks like the Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA) and S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:VOO) sit atop ...

  • Volatility Sleeps, Risk Doesn’t ETFguide - Thu, Feb 26, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Higher stock prices (NYSEARCA:DIA) have kept a lid on stock market volatility. The S&P 500 volatility index (ChicagoOptions:^VIX), also known as the “fear index,” has now fallen around 17% over the past ...

  • Love Affair with High Risk Debt Overtakes Bond Market ETFguide - Wed, Feb 25, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    The most important single factor in shaping security markets is the public’s psychology. That was Gerald Loeb’s observation about how financial markets operate. And history has proven this assessment to ...

  • Q&A: How Many ETFs Do You Need for a Well-Rounded Portfolio? ETFguide - Tue, Feb 24, 2015 1:46 PM EST

    Q. How many ETFs do I need to own to have a balanced and diversified portfolio? – C.L. in Plano, TX A. One of the common investing fallacies is that the number of holdings within your investment portfolio should increase ...

  • A good investment plan today is better than a perfect plan tomorrow. Unfortunately, most people don’t have either. What about you? Building a healthy portfolio with sustainable and satisfactory performance ...

  • Cyber Security: An Emerging Sector within Technology ETFguide - Thu, Feb 19, 2015 1:11 PM EST

    The highly publicized cyber-attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment in November 2014 is the type of greatly feared computerized catastrophe that all individuals and institutions face. Although a personal ...

  • Some illnesses can go undetected for many years. Others are accompanied by obvious warning signs like coughing, sniffling, shortness of breath, and other red flags. Similarly, we can distinguish between ...

  • Excessive Bullishness Toward Gold Points to a Retreat ETFguide - Fri, Feb 13, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Sentiment extremes, regardless of whether they’re bullish or bearish, invariably point to a readjustment in prices. This undeniable truth applies to all asset classes in all time frames.  Nothing is immune ...

  • What’s Your Income Plan? ETFguide - Wed, Feb 11, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    For just the fourth time in 50 years, the S&P 500’s (NYSEARCA:IVV) dividend yield was briefly more versus 10-year U.S. Treasuries (ChicagoOptions:^TNX). It’s another testament to the difficult climate ...

  • How Probable Are the Chances for a Euro and Greece Divorce? ETFguide - Mon, Feb 9, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    Have market participants underestimated the possibility of a divorce between Greece and the euro? The chart below illustrates the market implied probabilities of a Greek default along with an exit from ...

  • Do ETFs Tempt People to Become Daytraders? ETFguide - Fri, Feb 6, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    ETFs seduce people to become daytraders! That’s the populist claim lodged against ETF investing, but is it supported by facts? What does the data show? To find out, a Vanguard study titled “ETFs: For the ...

  • Q. Trading hours in Asia (NYSEARCA:VPL) and Europe (NYSEARCA:FEZ) don’t coincide with the U.S., so how are ETFs that own foreign securities still able to closely track their indexes even when trading in these ...

  • Are Oil and Energy Stocks Cheap? ETFguide - Tue, Feb 3, 2015 9:55 AM EST

    Crude oil prices (NYSEARCA:USO) have crashed 50% over the past 9-months and energy stocks (NYSEARCA:XLE) were the only S&P 500 sector to post a loss in 2014. The bear market in energy commodities (NYSEARCA:JJE) ...

  • What’s a telltale sign of a poorly designed investment portfolio? Answer: A portfolio that underperforms indexed yardsticks. Is it reasonable to expect this type of portfolio which is unable to deliver ...

  • 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 ...

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