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Robert Ciura is an independent equity analyst. His articles focus on dividend stocks, mutual funds, and exchange-traded funds across a wide range of sectors, including technology, energy, and consumer goods. Robert holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from DePaul University, as well as an MBA in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

Recent Content By Bob Ciura
Yuan Devaluation

Reasons for Yuan Devaluation

The devaluation of the Chinese currency has been one of the most talked about issues among...

ETF Investing

How Market Catalysts Affect ETFs

Market catalysts are events that move the market in a significant way. When the Dow Jones...


The Turkey Coup: What ETFs to Play

On the evening of Friday, July 15, Turkey experienced a coup attempt by some members of the...


4 ETFs to Play the Leave Vote

On Friday, June 24, Britain voted to leave the European Union (EU). This was huge news for a...

ETF Investing

10 ETFs for Risk Reduction in Your Portfolio

Investors who suspect that the stock market may be about to decline can take action to reduce the...


Are Defensive ETF Plays Overbought?

The past year has been a rocky one for the markets. In an environment of collapsing commodity...


Where Are Crude Oil ETFs Headed?

With a renewed sense of optimism over resilient demand and the possibility of global supply cuts,...

Portfolio Management

What’s the Difference Between Sampling Strategy and Full Replication ETFs?

Many investors prefer their exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to try to match the performance of an...

Portfolio Management

What Is Beta and What Does It Mean for Your ETF Portfolio?

Investors utilize a wide range of financial metrics when performing investment analyses. It is...


Shift in Sectors in 2016

In 2015, technology and financial sector stocks outperformed the broader market. One major reason...


Is it Time to Buy Financials?

Even though the financial sector has come a long way since the last recession, investors...


ETF Scorecard: January 22 Edition

To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a...


ETF Scorecard - January 15 Edition

To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a...


Bullish Long ETFs That Weathered the Downturn

Last week was a brutal one for the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average and S&P 500...

Portfolio Management

What Should Your Expected Return Be?

One of the most important topics in finance is the concept of expected return. This is the total...

Portfolio Management

When to Rebalance Your Portfolio

When constructing a portfolio, an investor should not just “set it and forget it.” The task of...


Chinese Yuan Recognized as Reserve Currency by IMF: What Next?

On Monday, November 30, the International Monetary Fund, or IMF, announced that the Chinese yuan...

Currency Hedged ETFs

ECB Quantitative Easing and Currency-Hedged ETFs

Central banks around the globe are embarking on yet another round of monetary and quantitative...


Energy Companies Are Headed for Disaster

By now, investors are well-aware of the carnage sweeping through the energy sector. In the United...

Rising Interest Rates

6 ETFs for Rising Interest Rates

We all want to know when interest rates are expected to rise and how to benefit from them. Read...


The Impact of the Strong U.S. Dollar

In 2015 so far, corporate profits largely have not met analyst expectations.

Currency Hedged ETFs

Currency-Hedged ETFs and Why They Matter

Hedging is one of the best ways for an investor to protect their portfolio from currency risk,...


Earnings Outshine in the Healthcare Industry

Once again, it’s earnings season for corporate America. The healthcare sector takes its turn this...


Potential New Twitter ETF: What Investors Need to Know

Thanks to the boom in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the past several years, there are more...


Are There Opportunities In The Defense & Aerospace Industry?

Over the past few years, the bearish argument against investing in defense and aerospace has been...


Earnings in Technology and Consumer Discretionary: What Investors Need to Know

Earnings season has once again kicked off, and two of the major sectors in the stock market,...

Currency Hedged ETFs

Currency Hedging When Investing in Developing & Emerging Markets

Many exchange-traded funds (ETFs) focusing on developing and emerging markets have lost value...

Leveraged ETFs

What Is a Leveraged ETF?

In the past few years, exchange-traded funds, or ETFs, have become increasingly popular...

Popular Articles

New ETF 'VSPY' Aims to Hedge Bearish Bond Markets

Last week ETF newcomer VectorShares launched their first fund, the VectorShares Min Vol ETF, an...

Thematic Investing Channel

Will 'HERO' Heat Up as Netflix Moves Into Gaming?

Internet streaming giant Netflix is making a move into the gaming industry, which could heat up...

China Insights Channel

China ETFs Weaken as Beijing Cracks Down on Tech Again

China country-specific exchange traded funds reeled as Beijing increases scrutiny on domestic...