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Welcome to ETF University

November 7, 2014

I am proud to tell you about a new website my team and I created called ETF University (ETFU.com). We created this website for one primary reason, and that is to help investors learn more about the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). As you may know, I have been a passionate advocate of ETFs for […]

The Fed Says Bye Bye to QE

October 29, 2014

Before we get into the details of the Fed’s decision to end its bond buying program, and what that means going forward, I want to make an exciting announcement. The Weekly ETF Report is moving to a new day, Friday. The change will start next week on Friday, Nov. 7. We will no longer be […]

Snap Back: Is the Correction Over?

October 22, 2014

After last week’s severe drubbing in stocks, the mass of buy-and-hold investors out there is starting to let out a huge sigh of relief. I can’t say that I blame them, especially after last Wednesday’s huge 460-point intraday Dow drop. Since then, the market has made a notable comeback, but does this mean that the correction […]

The Easiest Way to Get to the Exits

October 15, 2014

As I write today’s Weekly ETF Report, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is down more than 450 points, or 2.8%, and it now has fallen forcefully below the 16,000 level. The selling in the Dow isn’t unique, as we’ve seen big declines in nearly every major domestic market index, as well as in virtually every […]

Global Growth Shakes up Investors

October 8, 2014

Global growth just ain’t what it used to be. At least that’s the latest read from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). On Tuesday, the IMF lowered its global growth forecast for 2015, while also issuing a warning about the risks posed by increasing geopolitical tensions, as well as by an equity market trading at what it […]

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The Shifting Tides of the Third Quarter

October 1, 2014

I’m a surfer, and it’s a sport I’ve been doing since I was a kid. To be a good surfer, you need to know how to read the sea. That means you need to know when the sets are likely to be best, what the water temperature is and, perhaps most importantly, when the tide […]

Global Climate Change, ETF Style

September 24, 2014

This week, the United Nations is hosting what it calls the UN 2014 Climate Summit, a meeting of world leaders for the purpose of dealing with a gradually warming planet. Now, I’ll leave this politically charged event aside for the moment and flip the focus to another kind of global climate change — the one that’s taking […]

A Trip Around the World with Four Key ETFs

September 17, 2014

I love to travel, but the constraints of running a business, family obligations and the fondness I have for my hometown of Huntington Beach, California, mostly keep me tethered to my personal fort. Yet not choosing to travel doesn’t stop me from taking a daily trip around the world with exchange-traded funds (ETFs). To do […]

A Red-Hot August for ETF Inflows

September 10, 2014

What can you say about the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) besides the fact that they are just red hot? Well, we can start by looking at the numbers for August to see just how hot these investment vehicles have become. One data point that tells us a lot about just how earnest the embrace […]

Will September Bring Back the Volatility?

September 3, 2014

The summer is over, at least in Wall Street’s eyes, and traders now have returned to the floor after the long Labor Day weekend. Back to work means back to big trading volume, and I suspect that means we could see a return of volatility. To be certain, this year volatility has been largely absent, […]

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