ETF Scorecard – September 12th Edition

September 12, 2014

Major equity indexes traded sideways over the last week, with a slight downward bias amid a generally quiet landscape that saw few data releases and a lack of any major developments. On the home front, the NFIB index came in better-than-expected, offering some encouragement for small businesses. Overseas, geopolitical tensions eased up after it was reported that […]

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State Street Launches First Active Fund (RORO); First Trust and PowerShares Launch 2 Funds (FTLS, LDRI)

September 11, 2014

U.S. equities got off to a sour start this week, with Monday and Tuesday seeing major indexes end in the red. Stocks finally stabilized on Wednesday, even though economic data came in worse-than-expected: wholesale inventories rose 0.1% in July versus analyst expectations of a 0.5% rise. In corporate news, all eyes were on Apple after […]

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Three Reasons Financial Stocks Offer Good Value

September 8, 2014

In recent months, I’ve been advocating that investors focus on those market segments that are more reasonably priced with an emphasis on certain cyclical sectors. Six years after the 2008 financial crisis, there are a few cyclical sectors that seem to offer particularly good value. One is the financials sector.

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Sell On The Pop Prospects: September 8th Edition

September 8, 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: September 8th Edition

September 8, 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: September 7th Edition

September 7, 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: September 6th Edition

September 6, 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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ETF Scorecard – September 5th Edition

September 5, 2014

Major equity indexes traded sideways during the shortened week despite a string of upbeat data releases on the home front. Given the steep rise seen throughout August, most benchmarks struggled to inch higher even after good news hit the street; ISM and construction spending came in above expectations on Tuesday, while upbeat factory orders and […]

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ETF Pick of the Month: Sell this “Defensive” Sector

September 4, 2014

We are recommending a new short  position for the month ahead, which looks to favorably position investors in the event of a broad market pullback. Below, we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking […]

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ETF Pick of the Month: Bottom Fishing in Metals

September 4, 2014

We are recommending a new long  position for the month ahead, which looks to take advantage of a beat down corner of the commodities market. Below, we outline our investment thesis and outlook for the new recommendation, and as always, investors of all experience levels are advised to use stop-loss orders and practice disciplined profit-taking techniques.

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FlexShares Launches New Mortgage-Backed Securities Fund (MBSD)

September 4, 2014

Wall Street kicked off the month of September on a mixed note, with equities taking a slide on Tuesday following Labor Day; historically, September has always been a bad month for stock markets. Investors have been keeping a close eye on Europe in recent months, especially focusing on conflicts between Ukraine and Russia [see Annual GDP […]

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Three Investing Lessons from the Napa Earthquake

September 4, 2014

I moved to California with my family nearly 10 years ago. I have never regretted it. But early last Sunday morning, my family and I, along with others living in the Bay Area, were reminded of the downside of life in the Golden State. Fortunately, last week’s earthquake took a greater toll on property than […]

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