Written by David Fabian, August 04th, 2017
Emerging markets have been off to the races in 2017 and China has played a huge role in fueling that growth. The world’s second largest economy felt the heavy contraction that plagued many stock markets throughout 2015 as commodity and currency volatility took their toll. However, its turning point coincided with a global rally in risk assets that has been persistently strengthening over the last eighteen months. Read more
Written by David Fabian, August 01st, 2017
The transportation sector of the stock market is one with a rich and impactful history. Technicians, economists, and forecasters often lean on this industry to predict major changes in global growth trends. When transport companies are thriving, it is commonly viewed as a positive sign of worldwide trade and business activity. Conversely, when they are contracting, it can be deemed as a negative omen of shrinking commerce.
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Written by David Fabian, July 18th, 2017
International stocks have made a big run through the first half of 2017 and one region that’s spearheading the charge is Asia. Countries like Japan, India, South Korea, and Taiwan continue to exhibit dominant momentum driven by a combination of technical and fundamental factors. The depreciation of the U.S. dollar versus regional foreign currencies is one of the more prominent stories driving this thrust, in addition to favorable corporate growth forecasts.
An excellent market capitalization weighted benchmark for tracking the Pacific Rim is the Vanguard FTSE Pacific ETF (VPL). This low-cost index fund has exposure to over 2,200 securities spread throughout the Asia region.
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Written by David Fabian, July 15th, 2017
We’ve finally hit peak “FANG”. The acronym used to describe a handful of high growth stocks including Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. It’s a way for market watchers and CNBC aficionados to easily reference these big winners without overtaxing their jaw muscles.
All four of these household names have gained more than 30% over the last 52-weeks. Their momentum has become so unstoppable that someone felt it would be a good idea to create an ETF geared specifically towards this theme. Read more
Written by David Fabian, July 13th, 2017
I’ve been fascinated watching the sentiment and price trends in publicly traded retail stocks over the last six months. Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that Amazon.com (AMZN) has been minted as the frontrunner to take over just about every conceivable retail segment in the next decade. Their share price shows it too after crossing the $1,000 barrier and showing no signs of immediate distress. Read more