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Consumer Staples ETFs Face Technical Test

Written by David Fabian, October 03rd, 2017

Consumer staples stocks have always been known for their relatively low volatility and conservative nature. It’s one of the reasons they are such a prominent aspect of many retirement portfolios and continue to serve as a reassuring equity allocation for countless investors.

These companies are typified by their mature business models and inelastic consumer trends. Think grocery stores, beverage companies, consumer goods, tobacco stocks, and drug store chains. They sell products that are constantly in demand no matter what the overall economy is doing. For this primary reason, they are considered more stable than speculative or growth-oriented stocks.

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Quick Look: Retail ETFs Face Tough Test

Written by David Fabian, July 13th, 2017

I’ve been fascinated watching the sentiment and price trends in publicly traded retail stocks over the last six months.  Unless you have been living under a rock, you are probably aware that Amazon.com (AMZN) has been minted as the frontrunner to take over just about every conceivable retail segment in the next decade.  Their share price shows it too after crossing the $1,000 barrier and showing no signs of immediate distress. Read more

Investors May Not Be Worrying About Downside Risks, But ETF Issuers Are

Written by David Fabian, June 06th, 2017

Complacency in the stock market is almost palpable as $300 billion has flowed into ETF coffers since the U.S. presidential election just seven months ago.  With domestic and international indices hitting new all-time or 52-week highs, there continues to be a pervasive sense of calm in stock markets around the globe.

While many investors may be ignoring the risks of a pullback, there are some select ETF issuers who are thinking of the bigger picture and delivering tools to ride out future storms. Three fund companies have released diversified equity strategies this year with built-in hedges or risk management measures to reduce downside volatility.  These risk-aware funds will provide active investors greater options to consider if capital preservation or minimizing volatility is a top priority.

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Contemplating Risk At All-Time Highs In Stocks

Written by David Fabian, May 29th, 2017

It’s easy to get sucked into the tunnel vision of an easy market.  Trends are strong, liquidity is abundant, credit markets are cheerful, and volatility is low.  This is when it becomes easy to get complacent.  To trick yourself into believing the recent past will extend indefinitely into the future.  It’s a mental trap that even the most tenured investors find themselves falling into over various cycles. 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