This week certainly got started in unusual fashion for me, as I was nearly thrown out of bed on Sunday by the force of a 6.0 earthquake that rocked the Napa Valley. I was staying in that beautiful part of the country for the annual San Francisco MoneyShow, and this year Mother Nature made it […]
I am in San Francisco today, making the final tweaks to my MoneyShow presentations. Now, if you’ll be in the Bay area during the next several days, I encourage you to come out and see me and to attend one of my free presentations. I also have the privilege of conducting a more in-depth paid presentation […]
When a major benchmark in the market falls to near-historic lows, you had better pay attention. That’s certainly what’s happened with long-term interest rates, i.e. the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury Note. The chart below of $TNX shows the rapid decline in bond yields since July, a decline that continues today. Now, there are […]
The U.S. stock market, as well as the European equity market, has done a bearish roll over in the past week and a half, and that’s sent the major averages down about 3% since July 28. The selling last week actually erased the year-to-date gains on the Dow Jones Industrial Average, and the bellwether index […]
It has been a big week of news so far, with this morning’s second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) print showing the economy grew some 4% from April through June. That number was a welcome relief from the revised contraction of 2.1% in the winter-ravished first quarter. The economy now seems on pace to deliver GDP […]
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There are myriad reasons why investors should choose exchange-traded funds (ETFs) over mutual funds. Factors such as much lower expense ratios (i.e. lower costs), greater tax efficiency, increased access to targeted markets and much more transparency are just some of the headline reasons why I recommend investors choose ETFs as their primary investment vehicles. Yet […]
Where do you stand right now with your portfolio? If you can’t answer this question immediately, then you have some work to do. Given that we are just a little more than halfway through the calendar year, I think that’s as good a time as any to make sure you fine-tune your focus for the […]
This time of year — essentially the halfway point — is a great opportunity for you to do a little post-analysis of your investment holdings to see where you are, and to see if where you are is where you want to be. In today’s Weekly ETF Report video (above), I talk about the importance […]
The first half of a most unusual year for the financial markets now is in the books, and that means it’s time to break out the halftime exchange-traded fund (ETF) scorecard to see which funds have led the charge higher, and how those funds compare to the exchange-traded funds representing the major market indices. Let’s […]
Every year, mutual fund managers, executives and various other industry personnel gather in Chicago for the Morningstar Investment Conference to share ideas on the state of their industry. The latest conference was held a few weeks ago, and, according to one report, there was a conspicuously absent discussion of what I think is the biggest […]