The summer is rapidly closing and a new season will shortly be upon us. The seasonality of the markets this time of year has always been a tricky proposition as well. With that in mind, I’m going to outline my current thoughts on some of the big picture charts. Read more
The world of bond funds is generally split along two distinct lines: active and passive. You either own the benchmark or you place your bets with the fund manager who is proactively trying to beat it. Both strategies offer numerous benefits and risks depending on your investment objectives.
With a passive index, you know exactly what you own and that you are going to get every tick of associated price movement from the portfolio. There are strict rules on what securities can be admitted and when they are rebalanced. These funds also offer the lowest costs in terms of direct investment expenses.
The halfway point of 2017 is nearly upon us and as investors consider market dynamics, there is much to be both excited and worried about. The following are some of the most interesting charts on my radar right now and their implications for your portfolio.
PowerShares QQQ (QQQ)
In my opinion, no other major index can define the resilience of growth stocks better than the NASDAQ-100 over the last several years. This ebullient group of the 100 largest non-financial stocks on the NASDAQ Stock Exchange has now spent 137 trading days above its 50-day moving average. That’s a new all-time record according to Charlie Bilello of Pension Partners. Read more
Setting reasonable expectations for dividend income is an aspect of investing that many retirees have yet to embrace. With 10-Year Treasury yields hovering in the low two percent range, there is generally a need for other investment options to supplement high quality fixed-income. This is often when investors turn to exchange-traded funds that track a basket of riskier assets to generate the income they desire or to chase a top-performing market sector.
In this month’s video, I look at the technical trends developing in growth versus value stocks. Chart review includes analysis of large-cap, small cap, international, Treasury bonds, and high yield bond ETF prices. Observations of risk and reward are noted throughout, with an emphasis on trend following and sensible portfolio management. Recorded on May 31, 2017.