InvestorPlace » ETFguide http://investorplace.com Thu, 17 Apr 2014 23:15:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.1 Investors Beware: Don’t Get Hit By Falling BRICs http://investorplace.com/2014/04/brics-russia-brazil-emi-efa-bkf/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/brics-russia-brazil-emi-efa-bkf/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 14:15:35 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=506673 A credit bubble (China), inflation (Brazil), and the threat of war (Russia) have made BRICs a dangerous place to invest. Is the worst over? Let's find out.

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Stocks and the Yen Are Married at the Hip http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stocks-yen-yf-ycl/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stocks-yen-yf-ycl/#comments Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:15:16 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=506035 Wanna know where stocks are headed? Watch the Japanese Yen! If you follow our research, it’s been no secret that the Yen has been driving market’s up.

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3 Steps to Beating the Retirement Income Shortage http://investorplace.com/2014/04/retirement-income-etfs-voo-bond-vnq-gld/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/retirement-income-etfs-voo-bond-vnq-gld/#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 13:36:07 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=505799 Investors looking towards retirement are in a bit of an investment rut looking for ways to boost yields. Here are 3 steps towards that retirement goal

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Has Momentum Investing Lost its Mojo? http://investorplace.com/2014/04/etfs-exlv-xly-fb-gild-amzn/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/etfs-exlv-xly-fb-gild-amzn/#comments Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:05:44 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=504744 Former high flying industry sectors like biotech and social media stocks have crashed between 14-16% over the past month. Here's what lies ahead

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S&P 500 Erases YTD Gains – What Happen’s Next? http://investorplace.com/2014/04/sp-500-erases-ytd-gains-happens-next/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/sp-500-erases-ytd-gains-happens-next/#comments Fri, 11 Apr 2014 14:06:24 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=503637 Was the S&P 500 the last proverbial man standing? Thursday's route took back all the profit from the last three months. Read here to find out what's next

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Changing Winds for the Stock Market’s Leaders http://investorplace.com/2014/04/goog-xlk-ixic-iwm-qqq/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/goog-xlk-ixic-iwm-qqq/#comments Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:55:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=503260 The major markets have taken a big hit over the past month, and a few sectors and individual stock have fared even worse. Let's see what's going on and why

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Be Prepared for the Next Surge in Volatility http://investorplace.com/2014/04/ready-next-surge-volatility-vix-viix-vixy-ivv/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/ready-next-surge-volatility-vix-viix-vixy-ivv/#comments Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:35:38 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=502687 Is another surge in stock market fear and volatility ahead? Will you be ready when it happens? Take a look here to see if you are prepared.

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Investors Double Up on Risk in Frontier Markets http://investorplace.com/2014/04/frontier-markets-nge-egpt-argt-fm/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/frontier-markets-nge-egpt-argt-fm/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:45:47 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=502001 Money is flowing out of risky emerging market stocks and guess where it’s going? Into even riskier frontier markets debt and stocks. Here's why its a risky play

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Market Froth? Sure, Why Not? http://investorplace.com/2014/04/iipo-king-grub-jpm-ipos/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/iipo-king-grub-jpm-ipos/#comments Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=501459 The U.S. stock market keeps making new highs as the S&P 500 approaches 1900 despite today's pullback. Should you be concerned? Absolutely, and here is why

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Have Precious Metals Seen Their 2014 Peak? http://investorplace.com/2014/04/precious-metals-seen-2014-peak/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/precious-metals-seen-2014-peak/#comments Sat, 05 Apr 2014 13:15:52 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=500427 After posting its first monthly decline of 2014, gold now trades near 7-week lows and the charts are looking ugly. But it get worse for precious metals...

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Are Chinese Stocks Really a Bargain? http://investorplace.com/2014/04/chinese-stocks-yang-fxi/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/chinese-stocks-yang-fxi/#comments Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:30:15 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=497141 Chinese stocks are the bargain of a lifetime. That's what pundits at major media outlets have been reporting. I'm not buying it, and here's why

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Stock Market Breadth Continues to Wane and Warn http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stock-market-goog-tsla-ibb-nflx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stock-market-goog-tsla-ibb-nflx/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 18:00:21 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=497986 Although the headlines don't necessarily reflect it, the U.S. stock market is having a very tough time continuing to make new all-time highs. Here's why...

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Here Is the Proof: Rigging the Stock Market is Old Hat http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stock-market-qqq-dia-voo-hfts-60-minutes/ http://investorplace.com/2014/04/stock-market-qqq-dia-voo-hfts-60-minutes/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 14:07:20 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=497561 Is the latest revelation of stock market manipulation by high-speed traders via a just released 60 Minutes report really new? No, and here's the proof...

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An ETF Portfolio Strategy Warren Buffett Would Approve http://investorplace.com/2014/03/etf-warren-buffett-gtip-lqd-ivv-vfinx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/etf-warren-buffett-gtip-lqd-ivv-vfinx/#comments Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:24:29 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=495762 What are the attributes of a world-class investment portfolio that even Warren Buffett would bless? Think diversity, like that found in these ETFs

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Beating the Dividend Income Drought With Covered Calls http://investorplace.com/2014/03/dividend-income-etf-investing-pey-bond-dln-vym/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/dividend-income-etf-investing-pey-bond-dln-vym/#comments Tue, 25 Mar 2014 18:32:05 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=494633 Will dividend yields test 1999 lows? If so, investors will need to find alternative ways to find income, and a covered call is a way to bolster income

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3 Big Shortcomings of Target Date Funds http://investorplace.com/2014/03/target-date-funds-tdfs-vtxvx-vfifx-vttthx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/target-date-funds-tdfs-vtxvx-vfifx-vttthx/#comments Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:37:26 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=493781 Around 41% of all 401(k) savers have are using target date funds (TDFs) and the numbers keep rising. It's a good start, but consider these 3 flaws, too

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Smart Beta Investing: New Paradigm or Word Trick? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/smart-beta-investing-new-paradigm-word-trick/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/smart-beta-investing-new-paradigm-word-trick/#comments Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:30:26 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=493422 Is so-called smart beta investing a new and improved way to invest or just another one of Wall Street's fancy sales pitches? Find out the details here...

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How Much Money is Enough for a Comfortable Retirement? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/retirement-retirement-planning-agg-vti/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/retirement-retirement-planning-agg-vti/#comments Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:30:55 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=492306 In 2011, the oldest members of the Baby Boom generation reached retirement age and in the next 15 years, 8,000 Boomers per day will turn 65. Will they be ready?

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Chinese Stocks are a Wonderful Value Trap http://investorplace.com/2014/03/chinese-stocks-fxi-fxp-tao-yang/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/chinese-stocks-fxi-fxp-tao-yang/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 16:25:27 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=491466 When it comes to properly assessing China’s stock market, are financial experts bad or just blind? Here is why Chinese stocks still have room to fall.

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2 Easy Ways to Add Commodities to Your Portfolio http://investorplace.com/2014/03/commodities-etfs-xlb-cow-corn-uso-dbc/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/commodities-etfs-xlb-cow-corn-uso-dbc/#comments Tue, 18 Mar 2014 13:00:48 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=490909 Commodities have outperformed stocks since the start of the year, but many investors have not benefited. Here is a chance to learn more and start to invest now

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What Tumbling Copper Prices Mean for the Market http://investorplace.com/2014/03/copper-prices-pcx-f-bph-rio/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/copper-prices-pcx-f-bph-rio/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 19:30:56 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=489294 Commodity prices are often a leading indicator of stock and bond prices. Copper prices are dropping, and these charts suggest investors stay informed

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Government Overspending is Fueling Debt Boom http://investorplace.com/2014/03/debt-boom-bond-tlt-bndx-ewm/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/debt-boom-bond-tlt-bndx-ewm/#comments Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:15:50 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=488664 Swelling sovereign debt has made our Mega Investment Theme Report every month, and the beat goes on as the stubborn trend to debt continues.

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Stock Market Fear is Tapering, Greed is Back http://investorplace.com/2014/03/voo-tlt-bond-fcntx-schb/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/voo-tlt-bond-fcntx-schb/#comments Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:30:31 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=486980 The stock market’s mood swings from fear to greed and back are in full swing again. Indeed, the latest fear and greed index swings wildly to greed, so beware...

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How Much Upside Do Precious Metals Have? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/precious-metals-gld-gdx-abx-kgc-aem/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/precious-metals-gld-gdx-abx-kgc-aem/#comments Thu, 06 Mar 2014 15:00:15 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=486091 Tension between Russia and Ukraine is high, sending precious metals higher as a safe haven bid. The question is how much higher can precious metals rise?

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Russia Isn’t the Only Trouble Spot for Emerging Markets http://investorplace.com/2014/03/russia-isnt-trouble-spot-emerging-markets/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/russia-isnt-trouble-spot-emerging-markets/#comments Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:07:59 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=485255 Don't get tricked into emerging market plays just because they are inexpensive; markets are roiling, so investors need to make sensible moves.

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Does the Sleeping Giant (VIX) Have More Upside? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/vix-voo-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/vix-voo-vxx/#comments Tue, 04 Mar 2014 19:25:19 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=485285 Like a sleeping giant, stock market volatility can hibernate, but it never goes away. Right now, these signs say the giant is showing signs of awakening

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Will Dividend Yields Test ’99 Lows? http://investorplace.com/2014/03/etfs-spy-dividend-yields-bwx-dvy/ http://investorplace.com/2014/03/etfs-spy-dividend-yields-bwx-dvy/#comments Mon, 03 Mar 2014 16:32:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=484204 The past six years have been brutal for dividend and income investors, and investors looking for some boost in yield without additional risk should look here...

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Buyer Beware: The Stock Market is Not As Strong You Think http://investorplace.com/2014/02/strong-stock-market/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/strong-stock-market/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 17:30:36 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=483259 The S&P 500 is a weighted average, and as such big moves in just a few stocks can mask overall weakness. This chart shows the danger in today's market

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Valuation Models Say Stock Market Losses Ahead http://investorplace.com/2014/02/valuation-models-say-stock-market-losses-ahead/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/valuation-models-say-stock-market-losses-ahead/#comments Thu, 27 Feb 2014 15:27:06 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=482997 Market valuations matter, but so do investor psychology and emotion. Monitoring its mood through these models suggest trouble ahead for investors.

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4 Signs This May Be the Weakest Bull Market in History http://investorplace.com/2014/02/bull-market-bear-market-grpn-znga-iwb-ibb/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/bull-market-bear-market-grpn-znga-iwb-ibb/#comments Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:45:40 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=481778 The bull market is still roaring, but I have some concerns over its future. Here are 4 reasons this might be the weakest bull ever

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This Chart Shows Buying Stocks Now May Not Be a Good Idea http://investorplace.com/2014/02/chart-shows-buying-stocks-now-may-good-idea/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/chart-shows-buying-stocks-now-may-good-idea/#comments Tue, 25 Feb 2014 17:30:08 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=481950 Wall Street analysts’ votes are in: S&P 500 will end the year around 1,952. But is this really a good time to invest? Take a look at this one chart and decide

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Higher Stock Prices on Declining Volume, a Major Red Flag? http://investorplace.com/2014/02/upro-dia-iwm-dog-sds-sso/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/upro-dia-iwm-dog-sds-sso/#comments Mon, 24 Feb 2014 14:26:47 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=480793 The February rally brought stocks back up near their all time highs, however many are concerned over low trading volume, and this chart shows why

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Are Corporate Earnings Being Gamed? http://investorplace.com/2014/02/corporate-earnings-spy-vti-ivv-xlf/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/corporate-earnings-spy-vti-ivv-xlf/#comments Thu, 20 Feb 2014 15:30:42 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=479975 Are corporate earnings really as great as the executives at the helm and Wall Street want us to believe? Read why there's plenty of room for skepticism

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Don’t Get Blindsided by the Next Market Volatility Outburst http://investorplace.com/2014/02/markets-etf-investing-dia-spy-iwm/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/markets-etf-investing-dia-spy-iwm/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 11:30:39 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=478461 Most investors were caught off-guard by the stock market's sharp correction in January. Here's a way to shift the odds towards you to avoid a repeat

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Have Housing Stocks Topped Out? http://investorplace.com/2014/02/housing-stocks-dhi-len-kbh/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/housing-stocks-dhi-len-kbh/#comments Tue, 18 Feb 2014 14:15:41 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=477962 According to RealtyTrac the number of homes "flipped" accounted for nearly 5% of all homes. It's a number that sends fears to housing stocks holders. Here's why

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Let the Spending Spree Begin! http://investorplace.com/2014/02/let-spending-spree-begin/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/let-spending-spree-begin/#comments Thu, 13 Feb 2014 12:38:15 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=476747 Debt ceilings have done little to curb the U.S. government’s escalating debt load. if you thought overspending was a problem before, take a look now...

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Cause for Concern: The Stock Market has Bad Breadth http://investorplace.com/2014/02/etfs-itb-xhb-vnq-sds-spy/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/etfs-itb-xhb-vnq-sds-spy/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 16:30:22 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=475745 The number of stocks in the S&P 500 above their 200 day moving averages is now below 70%, the lowest amount in over a year. Is this a warning for investors? Yes

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Emerging Markets and Parallels to the Pre-2008 Crash http://investorplace.com/2014/02/qqq-edc-fxi-ewz-rsx-epi/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/qqq-edc-fxi-ewz-rsx-epi/#comments Tue, 11 Feb 2014 15:55:01 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=475560 Investors looked at inexpensive S&P 500 p/e ratios in 2007 to plow money into the stock market, with poor results. Are we seeing a repeat today?

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4 Reasons Why MyRA is Dead on Arrival http://investorplace.com/2014/02/myra-tlt-bnd-retirement-planning/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/myra-tlt-bnd-retirement-planning/#comments Fri, 07 Feb 2014 16:15:41 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=474552 President Obama unveiled his latest retirement planning vehicle, MyRa in the State of the Union address. MyRa is DOA for these 4 reasons.

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What is The (Trading) Volume Telling Investors? http://investorplace.com/2014/02/iwm-ivv-voo/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/iwm-ivv-voo/#comments Thu, 06 Feb 2014 14:30:53 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=473478 The scale, or volume, of market moves matters, as it can tell us about strength of such a move. What are market volumes telling investors today? Nothing good...

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Wall Street is Still Optimistic, Should You Be Too? http://investorplace.com/2014/02/gspc-spy-dia-voo-spxl/ http://investorplace.com/2014/02/gspc-spy-dia-voo-spxl/#comments Tue, 04 Feb 2014 16:30:38 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=472577 Wall Street’s analysts are still cheerleading stocks for 2014 as if nothing has changed. Is their optimism well founded? Read more to find out.

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Weren’t Ready for Apple’s 8% Drop? You Should’ve Been! http://investorplace.com/2014/01/aapl-goog-aapl-spy-stocks-to-sell/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/aapl-goog-aapl-spy-stocks-to-sell/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 17:04:32 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=469431 Most reports you read about Apple focus on the company's innovation and products, but we focused on price, and made the call some time ago: it's overvalued

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Should Buy and Hold Investing Be Scrapped? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-xhb-sds-iwm/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-xhb-sds-iwm/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 12:52:57 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=468564 Timing is everything, and in this market that may hold true even more. Find out what trends are happening now that may alter your investment philosophy

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Have Bullish Sentiment Extremes Caught Up with Stocks? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-spy-vnz-gld/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-spy-vnz-gld/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 14:45:07 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=467788 Memo to equity bulls: 2014 is not 2013. And thus far, it’s been a bumpy road for stocks as the  S&P 500 broke below 1,800. Find out what lies ahead...

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Is Stock Market Sentiment Too Complacent? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/stock-market-dia-vix-vxx/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/stock-market-dia-vix-vxx/#comments Wed, 22 Jan 2014 13:30:36 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=465500 Here’s your “lost decade” update: The S&P 500 has risen nine out of the past 10 years and in 2013 just posted its best yearly performance. Can it continue?

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Gold Miners Are Beating the S&P 500 http://investorplace.com/2014/01/gold-miners-beating-sp-500/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/gold-miners-beating-sp-500/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:00:52 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=465038 Gold, and anything attached to gold, fell enough that virtually any bounce would make a big noise, and that means profit for ETF investors in gold plays

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Why “TINA” is the Wrong Strategy http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-bil-apy-stpp/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/etfs-tlt-bil-apy-stpp/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 13:01:17 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=464443 Should you be buying stocks because interest rates sit near all time lows? A stampede promoting the “There Is No Alternative” (TINA) theory have it wrong!

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The January Effect: A Slam Dunk Seasonal Trend http://investorplace.com/2014/01/january-effect-dia-spy-etfs/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/january-effect-dia-spy-etfs/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:30:10 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=463452 The stock market's January effect, in which small caps beat large caps, is something to count on, as are its profit opportunities. Here's an example.....

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Rough Road Ahead for an Overly Bullish Stock Market? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/rough-road-ahead-overly-bullish-stock-market/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/rough-road-ahead-overly-bullish-stock-market/#comments Tue, 14 Jan 2014 14:44:22 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=462565 It's no secret that stock market sentiment over the past year has been stuck at bullish extremes, but what do the charts say for 2014? Look at these signals...

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Will Gold’s Latest Rally Stick? http://investorplace.com/2014/01/gold-gltr-gdx-gdxj/ http://investorplace.com/2014/01/gold-gltr-gdx-gdxj/#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 14:01:39 +0000 http://investorplace.com/?p=461528 Sentiment extremes should be on the radar screen of all investors because they can point to buying opportunities and sharp reversals ahead, like this gold trade

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