Written by David Fabian, April 15th, 2014
Last year, the story was all about traders taking on as much risk as possible to keep up with a fast moving market. In 2014, we have seen a significant shift in momentum from high growth areas to value opportunities. This has been precipitated by an increase in overall volatility that has prompted investors to take a second look at more defensive areas of the market. In addition, there has been a transition to large cap stocks that are considered to be more stalwart during periods of uncertainty.
A graphical representation of this shift is best illustrated in a chart of the iShares S&P 500 Value ETF (IVE) versus the iShares S&P 500 Growth ETF (IVW).
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Written by David Fabian, April 11th, 2014
Millions of investors have successfully integrated ETFs into their portfolios over the last two decades as these innovative vehicles have surpassed more than $1.6 trillion in global assets. They are used by both retail and institutional accounts as a method of gaining instant exposure to a specific asset class with the click of a button.
Through my conversations with clients, readers, and industry peers, I have recognized several common traits that prosperous ETF investors share. Read more
Written by David Fabian, April 10th, 2014
Growth investors have benefited from the resiliency of stocks for quite some time now. The SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) has traded above its 200-day moving average for 16 straight months and nearly every modest dip is bought with gusto. However, many investors are starting to notice swirling currents beneath the surface that threaten to change the path to profits moving forward. Read more
Written by David Fabian, April 09th, 2014
The recent strength in emerging market countries has caught many investors, including myself, by surprise. There have surely been pockets of strength in thriving economies such as India and Taiwan, but the majority of broad-based emerging market indices have been unable to mount a convincing drive higher. Nearly every rally attempt has been met with resistance that has failed to gain momentum or produce a substantial breakout. Read more
Written by David Fabian, April 01st, 2014
Commodities as a whole have vastly underperformed the more traditional asset classes like stocks and bonds over the last three years. A combination of tepid global growth and below-average inflationary statistics has capped the upside of commodities futures markets. Most investors are likely underweight exposure to this asset class which can provide non-correlated returns in a diversified portfolio. As a result, you may have overlooked the recent surge in prices that has been steadily gaining momentum this year. Read more