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New Online Retail ETF Offers Unique Growth Focus

Written by David Fabian, April 29th, 2016

The traditional retail sector has been dominated by brick and mortar business models that have continued to lose market share to online competitors.  Consumers simply don’t shop the way they used to, with a rising trend of mobile transactions and brand loyalty to dominating names such as (AMZN).  Read more

ETFs Are The Antidote To Earnings Season Anxiety

Written by David Fabian, April 26th, 2016

It’s that time of the year again.  That quarterly ritual of earnings season bliss where investors play the loveable game of Russian roulette with their favorite stocks.  Will they beat?  Will they miss?  Will the CEO fire a bunch of employees to hit next quarters’ guidance?  Will they increase the dividend or up their share buyback plan? Read more

Does Factor Or Value Matter More In Low Volatility ETFs?

Written by David Fabian, April 26th, 2016

Low volatility ETFs have become an increasingly popular tool for investors to access a subset of stocks with historical trends of minimal price fluctuations versus their peers.  While these funds have existed for half a decade now, they have recently seen a huge influx of capital in relation to other stock-focused strategies.

According to fund flow data, the iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV) has added $4.4 billion in new asset since the start of 2016.  That ranks as the second highest year-to-date asset accumulation of any U.S.-based exchange-traded fund.  Not far behind is the iShares MSCI EAFE Minimum Volatility ETF (EFAV), which has added $1.9 billion this year as well.  This is likely due to the heightened concern for another dip in stock prices alongside the successful relative performance story that these indexes have been able to generate.

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ETF Investing According To Your Religious Beliefs

Written by David Fabian, April 21st, 2016

Mixing religious beliefs within the context of your investment decisions is a difficult barrier for many people to cross.  These core tenets are always lurking beneath the surface of how we view the world and lead our everyday lives.  However, they are typically reduced to a lesser role as the overriding influences of compounding, fees, and performance dominate our stock market focus.

Furthermore, different religions of the world value different morals and ethics.  So how do you identify which traits are suitable for each group? Read more

Emerging Market ETFs: Value Trade Of The Next Decade?

Written by David Fabian, April 19th, 2016

The concept of value investing is one that has proven its worth over decades of cyclical investment trends.  Most often, investors who adhere to this practice are trying to uncover stocks or areas of the globe that are fundamentally mispriced in relation to more expensive alternatives.  Buying at a low relative valuation, with a long-term time horizon, can provide fruitful results as mature trends fade and fresh momentum takes shape.

One stunning example of this valuation gap can be seen in the divergence between emerging market stocks and those here in the United States.  The iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) has $26 billion dedicated to an index of 842 publicly traded companies in China, South Korea, Taiwan, India, Brazil and many others.

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