ETF Investing

Should Investors Go Long or Short Gold?

With the longer-term trend still showing weakness, I like the risk-to-reward ratio this gold trade has to offer, but I still want to wait a few days to see how the action is going to play out. Read Article

Russian Stocks Will Be the Buy of a Lifetime … Someday

As long as crude oil hovers below $60 and the ruble continues its fall, Russian stocks are good only for short-term trades. Don't be surprised to see capital controls soon. Read Article

The 5 Best ETFs to Buy for 2015

The five best ETFs for new investment in 2015 include funds that protect against U.S. volatility, exploit weakness in Russia and South America, and are prepared for a rebound in the domestic energy market. Read Article

Consumer Discretionary Stocks: A 1-2 Punch for Profits

Declining gasoline prices are boosting sentiment, which should provide a boost to retail and discretionary stocks. Your move: Buy XLY and RTH. Read Article

3 MLP ETFs in the Midst of Volatile Energy

This alternative asset class is certainly one to watch through the remainder of the year and into 2015 as the situation in energy prices continues to shake out. Read Article

3 Tips for Trading Leveraged ETFs

Leveraged ETFs are designed to magnify performance. Of course, if you’re on the wrong side of the trade, they can also magnify losses. Read Article

3 Bond Funds to Sell Now

Thanks to collapsing energy prices, bond funds are taking taking a beating. Here are three you should avoid -- and one place where you can find refuge. Read Article

3 Stock Sectors to Sell in 2015  

Beware of the stock sectors involving gold, solar, and real estate next year. Various factors may lead to substantial underperformance. Read Article

Avoid This $50 Billion Mistake With Bond Funds in 2015

AGG and BND hold nearly $50 billion in assets, but investors can expect better performance from funds that are actively managed. Read Article

3 Best ETFs for International Investing

My picks for the 3 best ETFs for international investing are all highly diversified to reduce the risk of investing in foreign markets Read Article

3 Best Stock Sectors to Buy in 2015  

What might the best stock sectors be for 2015? Chances are at least two will have to do with lower price of oil. Read Article

GDX: Gold Miners Are Starting to Shine

Higher gold prices give investors the chance to make a smart play on the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX) ETF. Read Article

3 Way to Take Advantage of a Declining Yen

Weakening Japanese growth prospects and an aggressive Bank of Japan should lead to a weaker yen. Here are three ways to play. Read Article

4 Biggest Trends in 2014 Investing

Commodities, healthcare stocks, long-term bonds and Russian stocks were four of the biggest investing themes of 2014. Read Article

Chinese Stocks Set to Crash, Not the ETFs

Chinese stocks look set to crash based on the Shanghai Composite, but the Hang Seng and popular China ETFs don't look frothy at all. Read Article

4 Dominant ETFs to Buy

While outperformance will come and go in the ETF world according to market cycles, these funds have shown to be consistent alternatives with established track records. Read Article

Chinese Small Caps: HAO Is Good, But Not Good Enough

The small caps HAO ETF offers broad access to Chinese companies, but investors looking for high yields can do better by playing individual stocks Read Article

Why You Should Use Currency Hedging Via ETFs

Despite the fact that foreign exchange is the world’s largest marketplace, many retail investors are blissfully unaware that their stock holdings actually are at the mercy of this marketplace. Here's how to beat your competition. Read Article

Chinese Stocks: Short-Term Buy, Long-Term Sell

China's slowing birthrate means Beijing will soon face a shortage of workers to feed its economy, making Chinese stocks a long-term sell. Read Article

4 Smart Beta ETFs That Stand Out From the Crowd

While this year found many fundamental or “smart beta” ETFs at parity with their passive benchmarks, these four select ETFs are worth the added layer of sophistication. Read Article