One of the bigger concerns in the world of exchange-traded fund is the overall growth of the industry over the last decade. As these vehicles swell in popularity, so too does the number of funds that are launched every year and the amount of money that investors entrust to this diversified vehicle.
Some market watchers fear that ETFs themselves are becoming inherently risky for two reasons:
Dividend growth stocks are public companies that have shown a track record of successive year-over-year increases in their dividend payments to shareholders. They represent an attractive way for income investors to augment and further diversify their portfolios away from a strict high yield focus.
One of the easiest ways to own this group is through a low-cost and liquid exchange-traded fund. If you’ve been around the ETF space for a while, you have probably heard of the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) or the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats ETF (NOBL). Both funds own a basket of stocks with dividend growth characteristics and have proven to be sound investment vehicles in their own ways. Read more
Emerging markets have been off to the races in 2017 and China has played a huge role in fueling that growth. The world’s second largest economy felt the heavy contraction that plagued many stock markets throughout 2015 as commodity and currency volatility took their toll. However, its turning point coincided with a global rally in risk assets that has been persistently strengthening over the last eighteen months. Read more
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.
In this month’s video, I look at the overall trends in global stock markets with particular emphasis on the U.S. dollar impact. Chart review includes analysis of U.S. stocks, international stocks, interest rates, oil prices, and volatility. Observations of risk and reward are noted throughout, with an emphasis on trend following and sensible portfolio management strategies. Recorded on July 26, 2017.