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A Dangerous Glitch in the ETF Matrix

March 22, 2017

On Tuesday, the markets belched a big decline, experiencing their first drop of more than 1% in the major indices in some 111 trading days. That’s a long time without the sellers asserting themselves, and it was a pullback that was long overdue. Markets have settled a bit today, but make no mistake, the selling […]

Is the Fed’s Decision the End of the Easy Money Era?

March 15, 2017

The Federal Reserve did what I, and nearly every Wall Street soothsayer, expected today, and that is raise the benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter percentage point to a range between 0.75% and 1%. The central bank also announced plans to continue raising rates “gradually” if the economy continues to perform in line with […]

A Stock Market Anniversary Lesson… Don’t Be a Loser

March 8, 2017

Tomorrow is an important anniversary for investors. On March 9, 2009, U.S. stocks hit their recession low. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped to 6,547, a level not previously seen since April 1997. The S&P 500 fell below 700, which was as a 13-year low. Well, nearly eight years ago to the day, there weren’t […]

President Trump Promotes Pro-Growth Agenda

March 1, 2017

Welcome to the first day of March, or the day after the first de facto State of the Union address by President Trump. As I write this, the market is up about 320 Dow points, or 1.5%. I guess we know the answer to the question a lot of people were wondering about last night, […]

Are Value ETFs the Best Way to Play this Market?

February 22, 2017

Another week, another string of all-time highs for the domestic markets. That’s good if you’re long in this market, and we are in my Successful ETF Investing advisory service. Yet despite the bullish mood and the new-high headlines, this rally remains largely dependent on the fate of politics for its sustenance. The bottom line is […]

Even Leftists are Embracing the Trump Trade  

February 15, 2017

Even Leftists are Embracing the Trump Trade   Haters are gonna hate, as the kids these days say. But the smart haters are going to hate while also making money. That’s precisely what leftist icon, and billionaire manipulator of markets, George Soros, has decided to do. The big money backer of so much liberal activism […]

Confident People Don’t Look Down

February 8, 2017

I’m a horseman, and I take pride in learning about myself from one of the best teachers on earth — the horse. You see, the horse is a herd animal, and one that has evolved over hundreds of thousands of years to thrive in its group social structure. The horse also is an animal that […]

Weekly ETF Report: On Love, Poverty and War

February 1, 2017

There’s an old saying in the literary world that a man’s life is incomplete until he has tasted love, poverty and war. Beginning with the latter, my closest brush came in January 1991. I was just graduating from the U.S. Army Airborne School at Ft. Benning, Georgia, when the bombs began raining down on Saddam […]

As I Bid You a Fond Farewell…

January 27, 2017

When I first got into the investment business with my father, Dick Fabian, nearly four decades ago, about 95% of mutual funds were high-fee and charged a “load.” The attraction of my family’s newsletter back then was that it served as a sort of “investor guidebook” to navigate the then-relatively-new landscape of low-fee, “no-load” mutual […]

‘Trump On’ or ‘Trump Off’?

January 24, 2017

If you’ve been watching markets on a daily basis, as I have for the past 20-plus years, you know that there are various periods when trading has shown certain specific characteristics. In the 1990s, it was “buy the dip” in Internet stocks. After the financial crisis, and for most of 2009 through Election Day 2016, […]

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