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3 (More) Mistakes To Avoid With Your ETF Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, September 18th, 2014

A little over a year ago I wrote a well-received article about the 5 mistakes to avoid with your ETF portfolio. The tips ranged from not falling in love with your ETFs to trade execution and tax consequences.

Fast forward to today and the ETF universe has expanded in a number of ways that warrant some additional advice in a number of key areas. I share these thoughts as a consequence of my daily research and experience so that you can be better prepared to analyze your holdings and make informed decisions about your ETF portfolio. Read more

ETFs To Hedge A Seasonally Weak September

Written by David Fabian, September 18th, 2014

ETF investors are no doubt concerned about the modest slide that stocks have begun this month turning into a more serious sell off. This uncertainty becomes even more heightened by the fact that September is historically the weakest month of the year. According to recent data published by Yardeni Research, the month of September has had an average annual return of -1.00% since 1928. That’s certainly not an inspiring statistic even in light of the resilience in stocks over the last several years. Read more

How Apple Stock Impacts The ETF World

Written by David Fabian, September 16th, 2014

The technology world is aflutter this week with the news that Apple will be releasing new versions of its iconic iPhone along with a new wearable device. Product announcements from this technology giant are treated similar to national holidays and the initial reaction from the stock has been quite favorable so far.   As a result, numerous exchange-traded funds have been impacted across the investment universe.

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Putting The Decline Of European ETFs in Context

Written by David Fabian, September 10th, 2014

European ETFs have experienced a difficult summer amid a faltering currency and central bank that is scrambling to implement looser monetary policies. On the surface, the recent announcement of further rate cuts and asset purchases to stimulate economic growth seem like a step in the right direction for the European Central Bank. However, reaction to the news by shares of European companies has been less than stellar. Read more

Utility And Consumer Discretionary ETFs Switch Leadership Roles

Written by David Fabian, September 02nd, 2014

The turnaround in sector leadership from 2013 to 2014 has been an interesting changing of the guard.  Last year, consumer discretionary stocks were high fliers as companies like Amazon (AMZN) and Priceline Group Inc (PCLN) emerged as momentum favorites.  By contrast, 2014 has been a year of investors exchanging their growth stocks for stalwart value companies with strong yields such as Duke Energy Corp (DUK) and Southern Company (SO).

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