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  • Sexy vs. Boring: Who’s Winning? ETFguide - Mon, Jun 20, 2016 3:21 PM EDT

    Higher investment risk leads to higher investment returns, right? It’s a Wall Street axiom that we’ve heard so many times it’s become ingrained in us. But conventional wisdom and reality have the peculiar ...

  • Should You Hedge Currency Risk? ETFguide - Fri, Jun 10, 2016 8:27 PM EDT

    Currency prices go up, they go down, and sometimes they crash. And just like other financial markets, currency prices are not immune to volatility. Should you be hedging your portfolio against currency volatility? ...

  • How Should Your Non-Core Portfolio Look? ETFguide - Fri, Jun 3, 2016 6:42 PM EDT

    I’ve written extensively about the role of an investor’s non-core portfolio. It’s one of the three cornerstones of a well-built portfolio (see figure below) and it always plays a complementary role to ...

  • (Podcast) How to Predict Fund Performance ETFguide - Fri, May 20, 2016 9:50 AM EDT

    The phrase “past performance is not an indicator of future performance” is a frequently written and spoken legal disclaimer for virtually all investments sold by Wall Street. Yet, hardly anyone from individual ...

  • Should Correlations Drive Your Investment Decisions? ETFguide - Tue, May 10, 2016 4:03 PM EDT

    Do stock market correlations matter? Statisticians use correlations (or cross-correlation) to measure the relationship between asset classes or investments. The general idea is to better understand the ...

  • Energy Sector Crushes Conventional Wisdom ETFguide - Fri, Apr 29, 2016 6:21 PM EDT

    Never mind the abysmal results of first quarter earnings for the depressed energy sector. It doesn’t matter. And never mind the conventional wisdom of group-think and scary analyst warnings like,  “Energy ...

  • SunEdison now joins the endless parade of defunct stock market ex-darlings like Enron, eToys, IndyMac, and Washington Mutual. Yes, the circumstances are different, but the results are the same: bankruptcy. ...

  • Are Equal Weight Indexes Bias-Free? ETFguide - Wed, Apr 20, 2016 9:50 AM EDT

    Over the past several years there’s been a lot of derogatory talk against traditional market cap weighted indexes. And one of the oft-repeated arguments against traditional indexing that you’re guaranteed to ...

  • The Performance of Active Managers Keeps Getting Worse ETFguide - Thu, Apr 14, 2016 9:50 AM EDT

    Years ago John Bogle once quipped, “If the data do not prove that indexing wins, well, the data are wrong. ” Here’s the latest: There’s no need to second guess Bogle on this particular matter because a) ...

  • Globe’s Dullest Sector is Effortlessly Beating the S&P 500 ETFguide - Tue, Apr 5, 2016 9:47 AM EDT

    The ho-hum utilities sector is the antithesis of popular stocks like Netflix (NasdaqGS:NFLX) and Tesla (NasdaqGS:TSLA). It’s a hyper un-sexy industry sector that’s been long associated with widows and ...

  • Is “Saving More Money” Always the Cure? ETFguide - Tue, Mar 22, 2016 4:36 PM EDT

    Wall Street’s remedy for fixing whatever problems that afflict your investment portfolio is simple: “Save more money.” And if you happen to be among the godforsaken group that always manages to have unsatisfactory ...

  • A $1.58 Million Portfolio with No Captain ETFguide - Mon, Mar 14, 2016 9:50 AM EDT

    Has your financial advisor contacted you lately? Although global stock markets (NYSEARCA:VT) have recovered from their earlier in the year losses, it could’ve revealed flaws with your investment portfolio’s design. ...

  • Being a Contrarian Investor Still Pays Off ETFguide - Mon, Mar 7, 2016 3:37 PM EST

    Contrarian investing takes gumption. Not only are you buying assets that are hated by most investors, but you’re doing it at prices that are depressed. It’s a scary proposition for many people and because ...

  • 3 Reasons Why Robo Advisors are Hazardous to Your Wealth ETFguide - Mon, Feb 29, 2016 2:00 PM EST

    “Robo advisors will manage over $5 trillion in 10-years.” Have you seen headlines like this? According to the reports, robo advisors are so wonderful, they’re going to overtake the world and make it a ...

  • Legendary speculator Bernard Baruch once quipped: “Don’t try to buy at the bottom and sell at the top. It can’t be done except by liars.” Baruch was on to something. And since reams have been written and ...

  • (Podcast) The Gold Monster Awakens ETFguide - Tue, Feb 16, 2016 2:48 PM EST

    How difficult of a trading environment has 2016 been? It’s been so bad that BlackRock’s $1.9 billion global credit hedge fund is off to its worst yearly start in almost two decades. According to reports, ...

  • The worst January start for U.S. stocks since 2009 should get your attention. If you’ve been hiding underneath a rock or hibernating in a cave-like dwelling, it’s time to come out. “A little sunlight is ...

  • What’s more important? Making gains in the stock market or preventing losses? Before answering that question, let’s list a few common fallacies about risk: • The full spectrum of market risk can be accurately ...

  • Rising Stock Market Volatility, A Sign of the Times ETFguide - Tue, Jan 19, 2016 6:03 PM EST

    Stock market volatility ain’t what it used to be. And unlike recent years, the VIX, a benchmark of volatility in S&P 500 stocks, (NYSEARCA:VOO) has been consistently up in 2016. The chart below illustrates ...

  • Don’t Count on the Fed to Backstop Your Investments ETFguide - Tue, Jan 5, 2016 9:50 AM EST

    Yes kids, stock prices can sometimes plummet. And they did during the first trading session of 2016. It’s a helpful reminder to forgetful innocents about this unforgiving fact. The chart below shows how ...

  • (Podcast) Your 2016 Investing Philosophy in Just Three Words ETFguide - Thu, Dec 31, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    The beginning of a new year is always an important moment for personal reflection. And whatever it is that we want from our lives – whether it’s to become a better spouse, begin a new exercise routine, ...

  • How to Profit from Rising Volatility ETFguide - Tue, Dec 22, 2015 9:45 AM EST

    Stock market volatility is often wrongly portrayed by the mainstream media as an enemy. In reality, it’s not. First, prudent investors use volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) as an effective tool to measure ...

  • How to Cut Your Trading Cost in Half ETFguide - Tue, Dec 15, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    Although our era of discount brokers and commission free platforms has greatly reduced the cost of online trading, the cost of buy and selling stocks along with ETFs can still add up. This is especially ...

  • Does your portfolio have a margin of safety? I ask that question because the total U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:SCHB) has been rocky over the past few weeks and now has a year-to-date (YTD) loss of -1.23%. ...

  • Will Stocks End the Year on a High Note? ETFguide - Fri, Dec 4, 2015 4:58 PM EST

    Heading into the final trading month of the year, the U.S. stock market has history riding on its side. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (NYSEARCA:DIA), the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY), and the Nasdaq Composite ...

  • NYSE to Phase Out GTC and Stop Trading Orders ETFguide - Fri, Nov 27, 2015 7:40 PM EST

    In a statement the NYSE said: “Subject to effectiveness of a rule filing with the SEC, NYSE and NYSE MKT will no longer accept new Stop Orders and Good Till Cancelled (“GTC”) Orders beginning February ...

  • DON’T Invest a Single Dime Without this Crucial Document ETFguide - Wed, Nov 25, 2015 8:35 PM EST

    Imagine hiring a builder to construct you a home. You tell the builder how you want the home to look and you tell them about all your desired features. Instead of showing you a blueprint, the builder starts ...

  • The Cost of Investment Advice is Still Too High ETFguide - Wed, Nov 18, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    There are 118 million U.S. households and 108 million have under $500,000 of investable assets while 100 million have less than $100,000 to invest. What does it mean? It means the vast majority of the ...

  • Is a Liquidity Crunch in the Solar Sector Ahead? ETFguide - Fri, Nov 13, 2015 4:40 PM EST

    Stocks in the solar and alternative energy space are getting crushed. Will it lead to a liquidity crunch? Since the beginning of the year, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) has lost a stunning 21.80% ...

  • The Proper Context of Hedge Fund Money ETFguide - Fri, Nov 6, 2015 9:50 AM EST

    In case you missed it, Wall Street’s rich and famous are having their worst yearly performance since 2011. Big bets by hedge funds on energy (NYSEARCA:XLE), healthcare (NYSEARCA:XLV), and commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC) ...

  • Why the Debt Ceiling Deadline Isn’t That Scary ETFguide - Fri, Oct 30, 2015 4:46 PM EDT

    On Oct. 15, the sitting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew sent his warning letter to Congress to increase the U.S. debt ceiling “or else.” Should bond investors be scared? Here’s an excerpt from Lew’s letter ...

  • Why Bogle’s 50/50 Portfolio Flunks ETFguide - Thu, Oct 22, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    Jack Bogle has made changes inside his personal investment portfolio. In a news interview last week, the legendary indexer revealed that his 60% allocation to U.S. stocks and 40% to bonds via index funds ...

  • S&P 500 Investors Get New Choice for Direct REIT Exposure ETFguide - Wed, Oct 14, 2015 6:44 PM EDT

    Real estate investment trusts (REITs) have long been buried inside the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA:SPY) but have now received a giant promotion. S&P Dow Jones Indices and MSCI — the index providers who jointly maintain ...

  • Wall Street’s Perennial Optimists Strike Again ETFguide - Thu, Oct 1, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    It’s been said the only bubbles that Wall Street sees are the bubbles in its champagne glasses. It appears those words are true because year-end targets for the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) by Wall Street’s finest ...

  • How Would Your Portfolio Do in a 50% Market Decline? ETFguide - Wed, Sep 23, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    Prudent investing in a reckless world has become a long-forgotten idea. And the 6-year run-up in U.S. stock prices (NYSEARCA:VOO) has certainly been a contributing factor. After love, risk might be the ...

  • Gift-Wrapped Trades Courtesy of the Fed ETFguide - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    The almost +2% jump in the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) just three-days before the release of the Federal Reserve’s no rate hike decision looks suspicious and so does the heavy call buying volume. And while this ...

  • Is the risk character of your investments compatible with you? If not, it’s a telltale sign that your investment portfolio is seriously flawed. Frequently, these risk incompatibilities are camouflaged ...

  • Should You Invest in Market Neutral Funds? ETFguide - Fri, Sep 11, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    I was recently asked by a reader named M.M. about the benefits of investing in market neutral funds. Equity market neutral funds hold long/short stock positions and aim to capitalize on investment opportunities ...

  • 4 Signs Your Portfolio Isn’t Ready for a Bear Market ETFguide - Tue, Aug 25, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    In case you didn’t get the memo, global stocks are now in correction mode. And the velocity of the rout has been shocking to seasoned financial pros not to mention the investing masses. For perspective, ...

  • It’s commonly and incorrectly presumed that people with large investment portfolios are smart investors. But as counterintuitive as it may sound, this false presumption is simply not true. How do I know? ...

  • (Podcast) The $700 Million Man Who Lost His Fortune ETFguide - Fri, Aug 14, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    What’s hot and what’s not? The chart below shows that U.S stocks (NYSEARCA:SPY) are still outperforming other asset categories like bonds (NYSEARCA:BND), global real estate (NYSEARCA:RWO), and gold (NYSEARCA:GLD) ...

  • The Stock Market’s Small Cap Problem ETFguide - Fri, Aug 7, 2015 4:25 PM EDT

    The extraordinary performance of U.S. stocks over the past six years has been like the 1960s Boston Celtics: Dominant and unbeatable. But is the tide changing? From 2009 to present the SPDR S&P 500 ETF ...

  • How many people sold their stocks at the 2009 bottom, went to cash and then bought gold at its 2011 peak? In my latest Index Investing Show podcast episode, I explain how “double whammy” effect has damaged ...

  • Does Diversifying Damage Performance? ETFguide - Mon, Jul 27, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    During the 1849 California Gold Rush people sold all their possessions to chase gold (NYSEARCA:IAU). A small minority hit the jackpot, but most did not. Back then, the few people that did get wealthy by ...

  • Does Your Portfolio Have a Margin of Safety? ETFguide - Thu, Jul 23, 2015 9:50 AM EDT

    Building an architecturally sound investment portfolio doesn’t happen by chance. A structurally strong and healthy portfolio is organized into three basic parts: 1) the portfolio’s core, 2) the portfolio’s ...

  • (Podcast) Is Gold Headed Below $1,000? ETFguide - Fri, Jul 17, 2015 3:57 PM EDT

    It’s been 1,383 days since the U.S. stock market’s (NYSEARCA:SCHB) last 10% correction. And although the S&P 500 (^GSPC) has climbed just over 10% during the past year, not all segments of the equity market ...

  • Is Elevated Volatility on Modest Losses Normal? ETFguide - Wed, Jul 15, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    Stock market volatility creeps up when most investors least expect it. But even more intriguing about the latest upward explosion in equity volatility is that it occurred on small percentage losses in ...

  • A Risky $1.31 Million Portfolio that Flunks on Cost ETFguide - Wed, Jul 8, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    A few months ago the NASDAQ Composite Index (Nasdaq:ONEQ) eclipsed 5,000 for the first time since March 2000. Put another way, we are all 15 years older since the NASDAQ’s first dance with all-time highs, ...

  • Can you believe it? The year 2015 is already half over. As second quarter investment account statements arrive, now is the time to un-distract yourself and focus on what’s impacting the performance of ...

  • How to Increase Your Odds of Investment Success ETFguide - Fri, Jun 26, 2015 9:55 AM EDT

    Investing and gambling share at least one common thread; it’s all about odds. And depending on how you build your portfolio of investments, you will either increase or decrease your odds of investment ...

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