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3 ETF Trends That Might Shock The “Risk-On” Mindset

Stocks are not the only asset in demand as shown in these charts

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How long did investors fret the possible combination of employment weakness and the U.S. Federal Reserve staying the course of incremental tapering? One day. On Tuesday (1/14/2014), dip buyers gobbled up riskier assets and short-sellers covered their backsides as soon as a better-than expected retail sales report alleviated concerns.

A perusal of month-over-month data revealed remarkable performance gains for a variety of high-beta ETFs:

High Risk ETFs Remain Very Hot
5-Day % 1 Month %
SPDR Biotech (XBI) 13.5% 21.3%
iShares MSCI Spain (EWP) 3.1% 13.2%
Guggenheim Global Solar (TAN) 2.7% 22.3%
iShares MSCI Europe Financials (EUFN) 2.4% 11.1%
iShares Russell Microcap (IWC) 1.5% 8.3%
S&P 500 SPDR Trust (SPY) 0.0% 3.5%

However, the idea that investors see “risk on” opportunity around every corner may be overstated. Here are 3 ETF trends that might shock the simplistic notion that stocks are the only asset in demand:

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