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Signs of Leadership Change: Growth vs. Value Stocks

This is an excerpt from Growth vs. Value Stocks: Signs of Leadership Change on ETFguide TV with Lance McGray at Advisors Asset Management. This episode examines: Signs that could trigger a leadership change between growth and value stocks Capturing growth and value without sacrificing quality  Understanding how diversification within strategies works Positioning your portfolio for …

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Beefing up Your Investment Portfolio’s Tactical Side in the Coronavirus Era

The Coronavirus outbreak has turned out to be more than just a Black Swan – it’s a totally random Black Piano from the sky that takes the Black Swan by complete surprise, landing on the poor bird. The global pandemic has penetrated nearly every element of society, totally upending healthcare, politics, business and education. What …

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What’s Ahead for the Oil and Metals Markets?

The energy market has seen some record breaking moves in 2020.  Never mind how the May 2020 crude oil contract went $37 negative, the magnitude of the ups and downs has been off the charts. In our latest analysis at ETFguide TV, John Love the CEO at USCF Investments provides historical context. Love points out …

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ETF Battles: USMV vs. SPLV Who Wins?

This is an excerpt from ETF Battles on ETFguide TV between USMV vs. SPLV – two volatility minimizing stock ETFs. Who wins the battle? Stock market volatility per the CBOE S&P 500 VIX Index (VIX) has skyrocketed in 2020. In mid-March, the VIX jumped near +500% and has since backed off. Nevertheless, daily volatility remains …

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How to Protect Your Capital in a Dangerous Climate

“For those properly prepared, the bear market is not only a calamity but an opportunity,” said investing great Sir John Templeton. Are you ready or are you running?  News headlines are drenched with the same old same old: Coronavirus is spreading, business and travel interruptions are occurring, and global stock prices are sinking fast. Blah, …

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Stocks: What’s the Most Profitable Trading Strategy during the U.S. Presidential Election Cycle?

Which years within the U.S Presidential election year cycle are best for equity investors? This is an excerpt from ETFguide TV How Stocks Behave during the Presidential Election Cycle with Ron DeLegge at ETFguide. Super Tuesday is over and leading candidates for the U.S. presidency on the Democratic side are becoming more clear. One of …

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3 Strategies for Managing Higher Volatility

“Everyone has the brain power to make money in stocks. Not everyone has the stomach,” once observed legendary fund manager Peter Lynch. His point was that most people don’t have the stomach – or emotional stamina – for sticking to an investment plan when market conditions get choppy. What makes 2018 remarkably different from the …

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The Right Context for Active Management

Actively managed portfolios are not a device of nefarious origin. And neither is it a “dead exercise” as the vox populi has declared. Nevertheless, to be successful at active investing, there are some big time hurdles. Before we discuss these obstacles, let’s first clarify the term “active investor.” An “active investor” is somebody who is …

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How to Hedge in a Rising Market

Hedging, for some investors, sounds complicated. In reality, it’s not because it’s all about reducing investment risk. Who can’t understand that? Sometimes stock prices go up, sometimes they go down. That’s how financial markets work. But over the past 8 years, stock prices have enjoyed consecutive yearly gains by making one all-time high after another. How can …

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Is Sector Performance Following History?

It’s been said the more things change, the more they stay the same. And right now, the performance of stock market industry sectors is behaving right in line with that view. During the first quarter, the total U.S. stock market (NYSEARCA:VTI) rose almost 6% in value. Driving the stock market’s strong start has been bullish momentum …

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Portfolio Rebalancing: Should You Do It?

Everything in life that surrounds you requires maintenance. This includes your home, your automobile, the software application on your mobile device, and even your health. Unfortunately, your job for maintaining stuff doesn’t stop there. Why? Because your investments – whether they are held in taxable accounts or tax-deferred retirement accounts like IRAs, 401(k), and 403(b) …

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Factors that Should Influence Your Investments

If you asked a thousand different people about the key factors that should drive their investment choices, you’re bound to get a thousand different answers. Some, for example, might be inclined to argue that U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:SCHB) have increased for eight consecutive years and there’s no reason to make any portfolio changes because stock prices …

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Risk and Volatility: Know the Difference

On financial networks and in finance classrooms around the globe, stock market volatility is routinely mis-classified as “risk.”  Unfortunately, this erroneous view causes people to make investment mistakes. Elroy Dimson, a London Business School professor once wrote, that risk “means more things can happen than will happen.” It’s an eloquent way for describing risk, which …

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3 Lies about ETFs

As U.S. stocks register new highs and bond yields register new lows, the exchange-traded fund (ETF) marketplace keeps humming along. This is true of ETFs in virtually all asset classes, including not just equities (NYSEARCA:SCHB), but currencies (NYSEARCA:FXE), commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC), and real estate (NYSEARCA:ICF). The total assets in U.S. listed ETFs and ETPs reached a record $2.25 …

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Should Correlations Drive Your Investment Decisions?

Do stock market correlations matter? Statisticians use correlations (or cross-correlation) to measure the relationship between asset classes or investments. The general idea is to better understand the similarity or dissimilarity in how investments perform against each other and to build a portfolio of investments that can benefit. The CBOE S&P 500 Implied Correlation Index (ChicagoOptions:^KCJ) …

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If You’re Not Preventing Stock Market Losses, You Better Start Now

What’s more important? Making gains in the stock market or preventing losses? Before answering that question, let’s list a few common fallacies about risk: • The full spectrum of market risk can be accurately defined in a single magic formula or statistic • Long-term investing always guarantees success, so go ahead and take all the …

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Rising Stock Market Volatility, A Sign of the Times

Stock market volatility ain’t what it used to be. And unlike recent years, the VIX, a benchmark of volatility in S&P 500 stocks, (NYSEARCA:VOO) has been consistently up in 2016. The chart below illustrates how market conditions and stock market volatility or VIX (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) have dramatically changed over the past 52-weeks. (Audio) Stress-Test Your Investments Now + It’s Not a Bear …

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Don’t Count on the Fed to Backstop Your Investments

Yes kids, stock prices can sometimes plummet. And they did during the first trading session of 2016. It’s a helpful reminder to forgetful innocents about this unforgiving fact. The chart below shows how the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) has declined 1.65% over the past month. That in itself isn’t disastrous, but stock market volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) …

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(Podcast) Your 2016 Investing Philosophy in Just Three Words

The beginning of a new year is always an important moment for personal reflection. And whatever it is that we want from our lives – whether it’s to become a better spouse, begin a new exercise routine, or just become better people – we must recognize that change is imperative if we’re going to reach our goals. …

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How to Profit from Rising Volatility

Stock market volatility is often wrongly portrayed by the mainstream media as an enemy. In reality, it’s not. First, prudent investors use volatility (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) as an effective tool to measure the stock market’s psychology. Why? Because excessive bullishness or bearishness in market prices is instantaneously reflected in the VIX. And therein lies the opportunity! At ETFguide, we use VIX readings in conjunction …

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