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Nobody to Blame But ETFs

June 28, 2017

In case you missed it, I encourage you to read my e-letter article from last week, which features part three of this article   http://www.stockinvestor.com/29606/etfs-music-markets-part-iii/   […]

ETFs and the Music of the Markets, Part III

June 21, 2017

I love music, and I love exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Both allow us to hear the “music of the markets” play out in real time. In the third and final installment of our series, ETFs & the Music of the Markets, we look at the tune being played in two sectors leading the market rally… semiconductor ETFs […]

ETFs and the Music of the Markets, Part II

June 14, 2017

  ETFs and the Music of the Markets, Part II ETF Talk: Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Fund Excels On Avoiding Investor Overconfidence Firmness, Not Strut ETFs and the Music of the Markets, Part II One of the beauties of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) is that they allow us to hear the “music of the markets” playing […]

ETFs and the Music of the Markets, Part I

June 7, 2017

What do exchange-traded funds (ETFs), music and the markets have in common? Well, aside from the fact that I happen to love them all, ETFs, music and the markets have a lot in common. Here’s a little analogy to help illustrate my point. Remember the 2004 biopic “Ray” starring Jamie Foxx in the lead role […]

You Won’t Guess Which ETF Just Hit an All-Time High

May 31, 2017

If I asked you to venture a guess at which S&P sector exchange-traded fund (ETF) just hit an all-time high, you might say something like the Technology Select Sector SPDR (XLK) or the Consumer Discretionary Sector SPRD (XLY). Those would be good guesses, and each does trade close to its respective all-time highs. But on […]

5 ETF Cellar Dwellers to Avoid Like the Plague

May 24, 2017

In the investment business, advisors, pundits and brokers like to tell you about the stocks, sectors and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) lighting up the scoreboard with big gains. Hey, I understand that. After all, it’s fun to read about the big winners and to speculate as to whether those winners can keep delivering outsized performance. So […]

On Markets and Self-Made, Manufactured Crises

May 17, 2017

It is said that man is a being of self-made wealth and self-made soul. By “soul,” I mean a man’s conscious contents (and by “man” I mean human beings). So, when I see what looks to me to be a set of consistent self-made, self-inflicted wounds by the president of the United States, well, I […]

Are Stocks about to Step on a Low-Volatility Land Mine?

May 10, 2017

If it seems like the action in the equity markets has been, well, a bit boring lately, then you’re not wrong. In fact, on Tuesday, markets hit the lowest level of volatility in some 23 years intraday, before climbing back up late in the session. That reading is based on the CBOE Volatility Index, or […]

The Fed Gets ‘Transitory,’ and Markets Shrug

May 3, 2017

The Fed spoke today, and while there was almost zero chance we would see another hike in short-term interest rates, there was still a sense of mystery about how the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement would read. Here, I and other market watchers were hoping to see language that acknowledged the slight slowdown of […]

Rejoicing in the Reflation Trade

April 26, 2017

On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “Buy American, Hire American.” The president said the order will protect American workers and those in the building and manufacturing trades. He also used the following rhetoric to drive home the point: “It’s America first, you better believe it. It’s time. It’s time, […]

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