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Transportation ETFs Slam On The Brakes

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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Asia ETFs Showing Strong Trend Signals

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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FANG ETF Takes Performance Chasing To The Next Level

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

Quick Look: Retail ETFs Face Tough Test

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

2017 Mid-Year ETF Review And Market Update

Written by David Fabian, July 05th, 2017

2017 is already halfway in the books and it has been a banner start for exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  These prior six months saw nearly $250 billion flow into ETF coffers as both stock and bond indexes surged to new heights.  That type of fund flow would typically be indicative of a tremendous full calendar year.  However, as the bull market steams ahead, investors are throwing their weight behind the minimal cost, diversification, transparency, and liquidity that ETFs are famous for.

The biggest recipients of this new money are BlackRock and Vanguard, who easily dominate the competition. These industry titans are the only two companies represented in the top 10 ETFs by net asset flows through June 30.

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