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Vanguard Gets Cozy with China A-Shares

June 5, 2015

Chinese stocks, particularly the stocks traded in Mainland China known as A-shares, have been on fire this year. The Deutsche X-Trackers Harvest CSI 300 China A-Shares ETF (ASHR), which tracks an index of the 300 largest and most liquid Chinese shares traded on the Shanghai and Shenzhen exchanges, has soared nearly 45% year to date, […]

Don’t Fall for the China Bubble Chatter

May 29, 2015

There was a whole lot of chatter out there in the financial media this week regarding China, more specifically on the question of whether a China equity bubble is starting to burst. My recommendation to you, especially if you have money in Chinese stocks, is to not fall for what I consider to be the […]

The ‘New Normal’ Won’t Last

May 22, 2015

Stocks in the S&P 500 are at new, all-time highs. The push to this point hasn’t been really robust, though, as evidenced by the fact that year to date, SPX is only up 3.3%. Still, we can’t deny the evidence that stocks have made the move to new highs, and that’s a good thing. What […]

MoneyShow Musings from the Front Lines

May 15, 2015

I just returned home from the Las Vegas MoneyShow, an annual trek that I feel both honored and privileged to take part in. One of the things I like most about attending the MoneyShow is what I learn from the attendees. It is through “taking the pulse” of individuals who attend the show that I […]

Goldilocks in the Jobs Forest

May 8, 2015

The biggest data point on tap this week came early Friday morning before the opening bell, and it was the “official” April employment report. The Labor Department reported that 223,000 net new jobs were created during the month and that the unemployment rate fell to 5.4%. Average hourly earnings increased slightly, 0.1%, but that metric […]

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Behold the April Commodities Surge

May 1, 2015

April is in the books and, for equities, it was another winning month added on to a winning year-to-date performance. The S&P 500 finished the month up 0.85%, but that was a bit deceptive, as the index sold off about 1% on April 30. That decline trimmed the bullish mood a bit, but still the […]

The Numbers Don’t Lie

April 24, 2015

Very few things in life are as irrefutable as numbers. Sure, statistics can be manipulated to support all sorts of claims (witness the political realm). But when it comes to pure numeric performance, well, the numbers don’t lie. This week, I ran some numbers on the performance of some of the biggest exchange-traded funds (ETFs) […]

Under a Blood-Red Friday Sky

April 17, 2015

Markets began the week with a sense of optimism about the potential for strong bank earnings and a continuation of upside in emerging markets such as China. Though bank earnings were on the whole solid, and while there were some bright spots for the bulls in stocks such as Netflix (NFLX), the real news this […]

Look at the Fire-Breathing China Dragon!

April 10, 2015

Stocks in China are hot, and I mean smoking hot, with HUGE gains during the past month. The table below shows just how powerful the upside has been in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) pegged to the various segments of the Chinese equity market. From small caps to financials to technology to A-shares, the bull market is in […]

End of Q1, So What Should You Do?

April 2, 2015

The first quarter of 2015 is in the books, and that means it’s time to do something that you should be doing every quarter at the very least. That something is taking a critical look at your portfolio to make sure it’s serving your goals. Are you generating enough income from your existing assets to […]

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