|Bid||0.0000 x 1100|
|Ask||0.0000 x 1000|
|Day's Range||253.1500 - 256.6100|
|52 Week Range||232.4200 - 270.6700|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||N/A|
|Beta (3Y Monthly)||1.00|
|Expense Ratio (net)||0.04%|
Are you wondering if the S&P 500 is a good place to park your investment dollars? While last week's selloff might have unnerved you, no less a sage than Warren Buffett says that the best retirement plan is to put 10% of your funds in short-term government bonds and 90% in an S&P 500-tracking exchange-traded fund (ETF). The S&P 500 is perhaps the best depiction of the U.S. economy, covering all the main sectors and representing roughly 80% of the nation's market cap.
As we discussed previously in this series, the SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has fallen ~9.0% year-to-date and ~12.0% from its April peak. While gold prices have generally disappointed in 2018, there are many reasons to believe that this could be about to change and gold might be in the process of bottoming out. As we have discussed previously in the series, this buying is expected to continue going forward and with greater vigor, which should support gold prices.
Investors are keenly awaiting the US CPI (consumer price inflation) figures. The markets have placed huge importance on inflation figures (TIP) in 2018, as inflation has been one of the most important deciding factors related to the Fed’s future interest rate (TLT) path. The US CPI underwhelmed in August with a 0.2% rise sequentially compared to the 0.3% growth that was expected by economists.
Gold prices dropped for the sixth straight month in September, which is gold’s longest monthly losing streak since January 1997. Year-to-date, gold prices are down by 9%, and they are down 12% from their April peak. Gold’s price decline is especially puzzling given the presence of many factors that would have usually supported its safe-haven appeal and thus its price.
Will the S&P 500 and ETFs tracking the index find support and rebound off the 50-day this week? Or will they slice through the line?
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell is making investors jittery, according to JPMorgan Chase & Co. ( JPM). In a research note, reported on by CNBC and MarketWatch, analysts claimed that the stock market suffered losses of around $1.5 trillion in market cap following speeches from the Fed’s top boss. Powell has hosted three news conferences after Federal Open Market Committee meetings since taking over as chairman in February.
If you’re new to investing, one of the best ways you can dip your toe into the water is to buy a mutual fund or exchange-traded fund (ETF) that invests in all 505 of the S&P 500 stocks. Your first question: What is the S&P 500? Your second question: How come there are 505 stocks, not 500? Both are relatively painless questions to answer. First, the S&P 500 represents 500 of the largest and most established companies listed on a U.S. stock exchange.
The U.S. stock market isn’t far from records, but recent trading activity could have set the S&P 500 up for a steep decline if it falls below a key point.
Morningstar's fair value estimate for exchange-traded funds leverages the bottom-up fundamental analysis produced by our global team of equity research analysts, distilling their extensive work into one powerful metric of the estimated intrinsic value of a portfolio of stocks. Morningstar's equity analysts might not cover each of the stocks in an ETF's portfolio.
It seems like fund managers can’t get enough of technology stocks. They continue to invest in the so-called FAANG and BAT stocks—US stocks Facebook (FB), Apple (AAPL), Amazon (AMZN), Netflix (NFLX), and Google (GOOGL) and China’s Baidu (BIDU), Alibaba (BABA), and Tencent (TCEHY). They’re the most crowded trades.
The SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) has fallen ~8.4% year-to-date and ~11.5% from its April peak. September is usually a stronger month for gold after the summer doldrums. In this September, however, investors could remain in a wait-and-see mode until the Federal Reserve’s September 25–26 meeting is over.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) recently became the third US-listed exchange traded fund to reach $100 billion in assets under management. The other two are S&P 500 tracking ETFs, but for some investors VTI and other total market funds could be better alternatives to the S&P 500. A year ago, VTI had about $82 billion in assets under management.
Year-to-date, the UUP ETF (UUP) has risen 5.2%, while the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) has declined 8.4%. According to a Reuters poll, while the US dollar could hold onto its gains for the rest of this year, it’s unlikely to maintain its ascent after that. Other factors supporting the dollar such as rate hikes and trade tensions have now been priced into the dollar. Morgan Stanley analysts also believe that the US dollar is “topping out,” according to Bloomberg.
Fidelity already offers index funds at a lower cost than Vanguard. That's not the only way the king of index investing is falling behind.
U.S. stocks could soon be knocked off their perch by a new round of trade tariffs against China, according to UBS. In a research note, reported on by Bloomberg, Keith Parker predicted that American stocks might be set to encounter their biggest fall since April if President Donald Trump imposes tariffs at the higher end of expectations. Introducing a 25% levy on an extra $200 billion of Chinese goods, the analyst warned, could see the S&P 500 drop 5% as investors have yet to price in these risks and likely retaliatory measures.
What Does the Market Expect from the August Jobs Report? Wage growth remains the most important component of the US (SPY) (VOO) jobs report and will be closely watched by investors. Despite historically low levels of unemployment, wages haven’t picked up as they should have.
What Does the Market Expect from the August Jobs Report? The miss in the July numbers was partially compensated by upward revisions in job gains for May and June from 244,000 and 213,000 to 268,000 and 248,000, respectively. Overall, the retail sector (XRT) added 7,000 net jobs in the month.
As the U.S. dollar rallies, other nations, especially those with emerging markets, are suffering from weakening currencies against the benchmark. Starting with the crash of the Turkish lira a few weeks ago, the Mexican peso, Argentinean peso, South African rand, and Indonesian rupiah have all crashed in a very short span of time.
The Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI) continues cementing its status as one of the largest US-listed exchange traded funds. Recently, the venerable VTI topped $100 billion in assets under management, becoming just third ETF to do so. The other ETFs to accomplish that feat are the SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust (SPY) and the iShares Core S&P 500 ETF (IVV) .