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Beware the Currency Market Turmoil

January 16, 2015

There have been two big trends influencing the markets during the past several months, particularly since early December, and they are the decline in oil prices and the rise in the value of the U.S. dollar vs. rival foreign currencies. I wrote about both of these trends in last week’s issue, as well as in the most […]

New Year, Big Volatility

January 9, 2015

If the first six trading days of 2015 are any harbinger of what’s to come for the entire year, then strap on your seatbelts and get ready for an “A-ticket” rollercoaster ride. Since the start of the year, there has been BIG volatility in the equity markets, as stocks are getting pulled down and then […]

10 Ways to Be a Better ETF Investor in 2015

January 2, 2015

It’s another year, another new calendar and another new set of challenges for investors. Indeed, this time of year everyone is looking to make resolutions and to implement new ways to be better people in the year ahead. And while I can’t really help you with common resolutions like eating better or exercising more, I […]

The Biggest Surprises of the Year

December 23, 2014

Every year has its surprises, and 2014 definitely is no exception. This year brought about what I call the “big four surprises.” I call them that because A) each was truly a big development that influenced the entire global market, and B) because nearly all of these were completely unexpected. The big four surprises are […]

Setting up a Successful 2015

December 19, 2014

The clock is running out on 2014, and though the fireworks in the market courtesy of the Fed’s signal on interest rates aren’t over yet, now is the time to start really thinking about how to be successful in the year ahead. Given that there are only 12 more days left in 2014, I think […]

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Wet and Wild in California, and the Markets

December 12, 2014

I live in California, and that means today I’m soaking wet. Last month, woes about the worst drought in decades had everyone scurrying to save water and finance bond measures to build more water infrastructure. This morning, the rains are formidable, with heavy downpours throughout the state causing major damage to homes and businesses, as […]

China Puts the Smackdown on the United States

December 5, 2014

In the United States, we used to be able to chant, “We’re No. 1; we’re No. 1.” Well, we can’t do that anymore — at least when it comes to the size of our economy. According to the International Monetary Fund, when you measure national economic output in “real” terms of goods and services, this year […]

Why I’m Thankful for ETFs

November 25, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving week! I must admit that this is one of my favorite weeks of the year, and that’s not just because we get an extra day off from the hustle and bustle of the financial markets. What I really love about Thanksgiving is that it provides us with a reminder to stop and reflect […]

China ETFs: The Biggest Dragons in the Lair

November 21, 2014

In last week’s issue of the Weekly ETF Report, I mentioned that my job as an investment adviser allows me to review many prospective client portfolios. I also mentioned that I enjoy this process, as it tells me a lot about how investors are approaching the markets, and where there is a distinct concentration of […]

Chinese Stocks Will Never Be the Same Again

November 14, 2014

Part of my job as an investment advisor is to review new and prospective client portfolios. I like doing this, since it tells me how investors feel about the markets. One trend I’ve noticed during the past several months is the lack of international stock exposure in most investors’ portfolios. This situation isn’t too surprising, […]

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