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Meet The 3 Biggest ETFs of ETFs

Written by David Fabian, September 12th, 2017

The “fund of funds” style is a portfolio tactic that has been used successfully for many large investment companies. Think about those target-date or target-risk funds in your 401(k). They are essentially a single mutual fund filled with 8-12 underlying funds to create a highly diversified investment strategy using varying asset classes.

It was initially assumed that this same dynamic would be readily embraced in the exchange-traded fund format as well. However, after several failed attempts, it’s becoming apparent that ETF investors want certain attributes within a “fund of fund” strategy that they can’t find elsewhere. The following three examples highlight the largest of this breed and how they have developed over the last decade.

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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

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

2017 Outlook: Reading The Trends In Emerging Market ETFs

Written by David Fabian, December 10th, 2016

Investors are likely feeling emboldened by the strength of stocks as we close out the final month of 2016.  Bullish enthusiasm can be infectious and now the race is on to determine which sectors or regions will be the top-performing areas of the market in 2017.  While there is no way to know where the winner will be ahead of time, there is one noteworthy area that has piqued my interest – emerging markets. Read more

It’s Been A Volatile Year For Natural Resource ETFs

Written by David Fabian, December 06th, 2016

A simple screen for the year’s top-performing unleveraged ETFs reveals the unabashed strength of natural resource stocks as a standout group.  Much of this momentum can be attributed to a combination of the rebound in commodities paired with an extremely beaten down industrial complex. In a year where the unexpected has become the norm, this sector has risen to the top despite its skeptics and also experienced some volatile bumps along the way.

As we head into the final stretch of 2016, the strongest ETFs are primarily made up of companies with a metals and mining focus.

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