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Posts Tagged: growth investing

Sector Rotation: Sell Tech and Buy Energy?

Written by David Fabian, June 15th, 2017

Every year brings with it new challenges with respect to sector leaders and laggards.  This is particularly acute for investors that own individual stocks or that like to add tactical exposure via sector-focused ETFs.  Sometimes you are in the sweet spot and other times you miss the mark entirely.

That scenario perfectly encapsulates the recent divergence between the top and bottom performing sectors this year.  Technology has been the big outperforming growth theme that has been driven by tremendous momentum and enthusiastic sentiment.  Conversely, energy stocks have languished by the wayside as falling oil and natural gas prices weigh on valuation prospects.  Read more

3 Aerospace & Defense ETFs On The Move

Written by David Fabian, May 26th, 2017

Sometimes you stumble across a sector of the market that is just in the right place at the right time.  That may very well be the sentiment driving the remarkable price action in aerospace and defense stocks in the current geopolitical environment.  These companies are the driving forces behind military and commercial aircraft, defense equipment, and other services designed to support the armed forces.  Read more

Investors Are Latching On To Robotics ETFs

Written by David Fabian, May 23rd, 2017

Technology is one of those sectors where consumers and investors are constantly looking for the next big thing.  The truly innovative service or product that is going to have life-changing impact and ultimately lead to extensive profits for shareholders.  One of the emerging frontiers in this race is the application of robotics and artificial intelligence in our everyday lives.

Companies that research, develop, and bring to market ground-breaking robot technology can make a significant contribution to both businesses and ordinary consumers.  Not surprisingly, there are now several ways for investors to play this thriving industry through diversified and globally-focused exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com

Taking A Tour Through Europe ETFs

Written by David Fabian, May 02nd, 2017

The concept of investing in European stocks seems difficult to stomach considering the decade of lost returns versus their U.S. counterparts.  A new post by Michael Batnick, Director of Research for Ritholtz Wealth Management, details the difficult 10-year journey for this foreign investment class.  The U.S. has simply been the star outperformer on the global stage for so many consistent years that the home-bias phenomenon has been taken to a new level.

According to their research, U.S. stocks now make up 80% of the average U.S. investor’s equity portfolio.  The remaining 20% is likely split among a variety of European, Asian, and emerging market exposure.  This overweight exposure towards a high-flying asset class ultimately leaves many investors susceptible to being caught off guard as the pendulum swings in the opposite direction.

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com

QQQ Is Once Again A Top Growth ETF

Written by David Fabian, March 14th, 2017

The world of exchange-traded funds is filled with heavy weight indexes geared towards a variety of stock selection criteria.  The venerable SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY) is the largest and most heavily traded of the top ten funds by asset size.  SPY is known for its meaningful diversification, tremendous liquidity, and low costs.  It’s the benchmark by which nearly every stock-focused strategy is ultimately compared against.

Having a benchmark is important because it allows investors the opportunity to compare similar investment styles to determine if a fund is meeting their expectations.  It can easily identify consistent trends that are worthy of greater interest or evasion. One such outlier among the largest U.S. stock ETFs is the pattern of outperformance demonstrated by the PowerShares QQQ (QQQ) over the last decade.

Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com