With turmoil in the Middle East dominating headlines, many investors are wondering what the recent and growing unrest in the region means for oil prices and for equity portfolios.

In my new Market Perspectives piece, “Oil’s Precarious Balance,” I provide my take: While I certainly can’t predict the outcome of events in the Middle East, oil prices are likely to remain toward the upper end of their recent range for the foreseeable future given current supply and demand dynamics. Even without a sustained spike in oil prices, there’s a strong case for sticking with energy stocks simply based on valuations. [click to continue…]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: August 18th Edition

by on August 18, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are popular indicators for gauging long-term and medium-term trends, respectively. [click to continue…]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects: August 18th Edition

August 18, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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High-Yield Prospects: August 18th Edition

August 18, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive income opportunities. The high-yield candidates included in this list meet two sets of criteria. First, each of these funds is deemed to be a high yield prospect because it boasts an annual dividend yield upwards of 5%.

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Best & Worst Weekly Performers: August 18th Edition

August 18, 2014

Here is a look at the 25 best and 25 worst ETFs from the past trading week. Traders can use this list to find prospective candidates that have deviated too far from their longer-term trends, thereby serving as potential starting points for those looking to take on either short or long positions.

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FXI vs. ASHR: Major Difference in These ETFs

August 18, 2014

Amid the vast ETF landscape, investors are bound to run into seemingly-identical offerings from different issuers. In many of these instances, the differences between the products are often trivial; sometimes it’s just a few basis points in the expense ratio or slight differences when considering the underlying holdings. On the other hand, there are instances when […]

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ETF Scorecard – August 15th Edition

August 15, 2014

Buyers returned to Wall Street as selling pressures from the prior week finally eased off and left the doors open for the bulls once again. Despite a lack of noteworthy developments, easing tensions between Russia and Ukraine have been enough to welcome back the bulls following a round of geopolitical-induced profit taking pressures. On the […]

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Inside the Credit Default Swap ETFs (TYTE, WYDE)

August 14, 2014

The ETF world saw a big step forward on the innovation front last week, as ProShares debuted two ETFs that utilize credit default swaps for their investment strategy: the CDS North American HY Credit ETF (TYTE) and the CDS Short North American HY Credit ETF (WYDE). These actively managed funds are the first of their kind and are arguably […]

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What’s Driving the Recent High Yield Sell-Off?

August 13, 2014

We have written a few times on The Blog about the ongoing effects of the low Fed Funds rate and quantitative easing. They have pushed interest rates down across markets, propelling investors into asset classes such as corporate bonds and emerging market debt in search of yield. One area where we have seen a lot […]

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What Investors Need to Know about Money Market Fund Reform

August 12, 2014

When the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) voted to change several key rules on money market mutual funds (MMFs) last month, its Chair, Mary Jo White, said the revisions aim to protect the financial system. Although the new rules will likely result in significant changes within the money market industry over time, most investors will […]

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: August 11th Edition

August 11, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive short selling opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as sell candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in a downtrend based on the fact that it is trading below its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which […]

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Buy On The Dip Prospects: August 11th Edition

August 11, 2014

Here is a look at ETFs that currently offer attractive buying opportunities. The ETFs included in this list are rated as buy candidates for two reasons. First, each of these funds is deemed to be in an uptrend based on the fact that it is trading above its 200-day and 50-day moving averages, which are […]

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