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5 ETFs That Could Find A Home For PYPL

Written by David Fabian, July 30th, 2015

Investors were treated to the news this month that PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL) would be spun off from Ebay Inc (EBAY) to create a massive $45 billion stand alone company.  The fervor surrounding the successful IPO, alongside a valuation surpassing its parent company, makes for an interesting investment case.  While some may choose to own the stock directly, others may be seeking to integrate this theme in their portfolio through a diversified exchange-traded fund.

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Trouble Brewing For Emerging Market ETFs

Written by David Fabian, July 28th, 2015

Emerging market countries are once again succumbing to the uncertainty of global commodity deflation combined with the over excess of speculative trading.  While the world has been fixated on the machinations of high profile countries such as China and Greece, more trouble has been brewing throughout Latin America, Eastern Europe, and developing Asia regions.  This confluence of events has pushed even broad-based indexes such as the iShares MSCI Emerging Market ETF (EEM) more than 16% off its recent high.

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New Technology ETF Seeks To Capitalize On Big Data

Written by David Fabian, July 23rd, 2015

When I think of “big data”, I immediately envision companies such as Oracle Corp (ORCL) and International Business Machines (IBM) designing massive databases brimming with information. These companies often provide the backbone for the structure needed to capture information, yet rely on other outlets such as social media and internet companies to accumulate user input. Read more

Why Your ETF Portfolio Hasn’t Taken Off This Year

Written by David Fabian, July 21st, 2015

As I write this article, the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is once again nearing the year-to-date high and is sitting on a whopping 4.4% gain so far in 2015. More interestingly though is that this fund was almost completely flat just two weeks ago.   The choppy nature of the market, combined with bifurcated sector trends, has created an environment of the “haves” and “have nots”.

Either you own growth-oriented ETFs with high fliers such as Google Inc (GOOG), Facebook Inc (FB), Inc (AMZN) and Netflix Inc (NFLX) or you are likely just barely above the flat line for the year. Momentum has been concentrated in internet and technology stocks, while other areas of the market have been left in the dust.

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The Hardest Thing To Do In Investing

Written by David Fabian, July 09th, 2015

The investment world is chocked full of pitfalls, missed opportunities, and unforeseen risks that make the game difficult under the best of circumstances. Many of us worry about high fees, perfect timing, macro headline risks, and security selection with a fervor that can only be described as obsessive. Read more