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Why Managing Money Is So Hard

Written by David Fabian, October 10th, 2015

There are many casual observers in the investment world that probably think managing money is easy. All you have to do is come up with some sort of strategy that involves a definable technique or asset allocation structure. The next step is to align yourself with like-minded investors who favor your style above the other suitable variants. Then stick to the rules by implementing the strategy in their accounts and everyone is happy. Read more

Taking Stock Of International ETFs After The Sell Off

Written by David Fabian, October 09th, 2015

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that track international markets started the year with tremendous promise that ultimately lost ground to a host of fundamental concerns. Despite the best efforts of the European Central Bank to stimulate economic growth through quantitative easing programs, both developed and emerging markets overseas have seen momentum vanish in 2015. Read more

Top ETF Income Ideas For The Remainder Of 2015

Written by David Fabian, October 07th, 2015

The search for income is always an interesting investment dynamic. Those that stray too far out into high yield or esoteric securities tend to find themselves experiencing above-average volatility or non-correlated returns. Conversely, if you stay too conservative in duration or credit quality, your total return is likely to be measured in pennies rather than percentage points. The nexus of those two extremes is ultimately the sweet spot that will produce dependable income and steady returns. Read more

Consumer ETFs Preserve Gains Despite Volatile 2015

Written by David Fabian, October 06th, 2015

No matter where we close out the year, stock market investors will remember 2015 as one of the most volatile years since the 2008 financial crisis. In August, the broad-based SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) entered a correction by declining more than 10% from its all-time high. This in turn triggered massive outflows from stock-related ETFs and mutual funds as investors sought shelter in the form of cash and bond equivalents.

Yet despite this concerning drop, several sectors of the market have been able to maintain their leadership positions and remain in positive territory for the year. Both consumer discretionary and consumer staples companies have been able to outperform the market in 2015, albeit in very different ways that bear closer examination.

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Fourth Quarter 2015 Preview: Time To Dig In

Written by David Fabian, October 04th, 2015

As we enter the fourth quarter, investors are fully engaged in trying to assess their performance and make any changes to accommodate the final three months of the year.

2015 has so far been underwhelming for the bulls who have become accustomed to double digit gains and low volatility.  Conversely, the bears have finally received a brief reprieve from the relentless monotony of higher prices and eye rolling that comes with betting against the trendRead more