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The Markets Are Doing That Thing Again

Written by David Fabian, July 18th, 2017

The markets are doing that thing again.  That thing where everything looks easy.  Where the trends are picture perfect.  Where good stocks keep doing good things and bad stocks keep doing bad things.  Where shorting the VIX seems like the easiest money in the world and where commodities are so fractured as to be all but unbearable to own.  Read more

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

Dealing With A Dividend Cut In Your CEF Portfolio

Written by David Fabian, July 12th, 2017

If you dabble in the closed-end fund market long enough, you are probably going to own a fund that sees its dividend cut.  This seemingly innocuous event can have numerous ripple effects for shareholders that should be carefully evaluated before you respond with any knee-jerk reactions.  Read more