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
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
Written by David Fabian, January 04th, 2017
When looking over the last decade of sector returns on a year-by-year basis, it’s rare to see health care fall to the bottom of the stack. Yet that unusual event is exactly what occurred in calendar year 2016.
Over the last twelve month, the Health Care Select Sector SPDR (XLV) posted a total return of -2.76%. That final performance includes dividends and carries the stigma of being the only major S&P sector to finish the year in negative territory. To put things in perspective, energy stocks gained 28% in total return over the same time frame.
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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Written by David Fabian, November 27th, 2016
There is an old saying on Wall Street that if you aren’t worried about something in your portfolio, then you probably aren’t diversified enough. This notion certainly comes to mind when identifying positions with varying degrees of correlation to create a unified investment strategy. Read more