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How Preferred Stocks Can Add Income to your Retirement Portfolio

Written by Michael Fabian, October 01st, 2014

For nearly a year preferred stocks have been in what could be labeled as the perfect storm of stable to falling interest rates and solid stock market performance.

So far year to date many individual preferred stocks and preferred stock ETFs have outperformed the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index  and done so with much less overall volatility. Which raises the question: Do you need preferred stocks in your retirement income portfolio, and what category should they fall into as part of your diversified approach to investing? Read more

Bill Gross’ Impact On the ETF World And Janus Opportunities

Written by David Fabian, September 30th, 2014

The fund community was shocked on Friday to hear about the departure of Bill Gross from PIMCO, the fixed-income giant he co-founded over 40 years ago. Mr. Gross announced that he would be joining Janus Capital Group (JNS) to assist in managing their suite of fixed-income portfolios.

News accounts have been pointing towards an increasingly toxic relationship between Gross and PIMCO since last year. His popular PIMCO Total Return Fund (PTTDX) has been hemorrhaging assets amid sharply rising interest rates and poor performance. This has put even the most stalwart PIMCO fans on edge as worries about managing the next interest rate move become paramount to reestablishing credibility.

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VIDEO: September 2014 Chart Review

Written by David Fabian, September 24th, 2014

In our monthly ETF chart roundup video, we take the temperature of the market in relation to its long-term trend lines.  In addition, we profile several key international, commodity, and bond ETFs that are showing signs of opportunity and risk. The important themes to watch this month are crude oil, silver, U.S. dollar index, large cap and international stocks.  Recorded after the market close on September 24, 2014. A log of our previous videos are posted here.

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Seeking Global Value From ETFs In the Land Down Under

Written by David Fabian, September 24th, 2014

International ETFs have been under fire this summer as shifting currency woes and economic forecasts continue to indicate signs of trouble. Europe has continued to show relative overall weakness despite the commitment to lower rates and quantitative easing efforts. Now emerging markets and other Asian nations are starting to show signs of weakness in the month of September. Read more