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The seemingly endless tug of war between the bulls and bears on Wall Street can be frustrating for even the most patient investors, which is why arming yourself with knowledge about how previous economic recoveries have played out can give you an edge. Business cycle analysis can help ETF investors distinguish between different phases of economic expansion and contraction, helping to pinpoint sectors of the market that perform better than others throughout certain phases [see 101 ETF Lessons Every Financial Advisor Should Learn].

As such, there are two pressing questions that must be answered at any point in time before jumping into an investment. First, what part of the business cycle are we in now? And the logical follow up is what asset classes should investors over or underweight during the coming months in an effort to favorably position themselves?  [click to continue…]

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ETF Sector Rotation Strategies: Beyond The SPDRs

by on August 10, 2011 | Updated July 9, 2014

ETFs may have originally been designed for investors interested in implementing long-term, buy-and-hold strategies, but the numerous advantages of the exchange traded structure, such as intraday liquidity and enhanced transparency, have attracted all types–including a much more active crowd. It’s no secret that ETFs have become popular among traders that measure holding periods not in years, but in hours and minutes. Many of the new products that have debuted have been explicitly designed for these sophisticated traders operating within a short time frame. [click to continue…]


Sector rotation techniques have been around for decades, a relatively simple strategy often used by investors seeking to capitalize on short-term mispricings in order to generate alpha. In its most basic form, sector rotation involves segmenting the equity universe by industry, and moving into and out of various sectors depending on relative attractiveness from a […]

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