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ETF Battles: BND vs. TLT – Which Bond ETF is Better?

This is an excerpt of ETF Battles between TLT vs. BND on ETFguide TV – it’s a showdown between two ETFs focused on the U.S. bond market.  Who wins the battle? TLT and BND go against each other in key areas, including cost, performance and yield TLT is focused on long-dated U.S Treasuries, while BND covers …

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ETF Battles: EEM vs. VWO – Which Emerging Markets ETF is Superior?

This is an excerpt of ETF Battles between EEM vs. VWO on ETFguide TV – it’s a face-off between two ETFs focused on emerging market stocks  Who wins the battle? EEM and VWO go against each other in key areas, including cost, performance and exposure strategy Both funds are among the largest emerging markets ETFs …

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ETF Battles: A Doubleheader Bout between SPY, SPLG and URTH, Who Wins?

This is an excerpt from ETF Battles on ETFguide TV with SPY vs. SPLG and SPY vs. URTH – it’s a doubleheader brawl between these all equity ETFs.  Who wins the battle? SPY, SPLG and URTH go against each other in key categories, including cost, performance and diversification SPY and SPLG are nearly identical while …

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ETF Battles: DVY vs. DGRW, Who Wins?

This is an excerpt from ETF Battles on ETFguide TV between DVY vs. DGRW – two stock dividend ETFs.  Who wins the battle? More investors are getting their dividend income via exchange-traded funds (ETFs).  Yet, getting dividend cash flow is becoming ever more challenging as more publicly traded companies and real estate investment trusts (REITs) …

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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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Why Contrarian Investing Still Works

Being a contrarian investor is a lot harder than it sounds. It means doing the opposite of the crowd. It means having the stomach and stamina to buy assets or investments that are unloved, misunderstood, and trading at bargain prices. Highly respected investors who made their fortunes by being contrarians include David Dreman, Sir John …

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How to Use Single Country ETFs

Among the greatest breakthroughs that exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have made is giving people complete control of their investment decisions. On one hand, a person may want to obtain very broad and diversified exposure using just one ETF, that may hold thousands of securities. To replicate that type of portfolio security by security would be both …

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How Safe are Bonds?

News flash: Investors who assumed their investments in conservative bonds and bond funds (Nasdaq:LSBRX) were safe from losses are learning otherwise. Since mid-2016, the performance for U.S. bonds (NYSEARCA:BND) with top credit grades have sunk almost 4%. For perspective, the 12-month yield on ETFs tracking the Barclays U.S. Aggregate Bond Index is just 2.40%. Put another …

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Fund Shareholders with SunEdison Get Zapped by Bankruptcy Filing

SunEdison now joins the endless parade of defunct stock market ex-darlings like Enron, eToys, IndyMac, and Washington Mutual. Yes, the circumstances are different, but the results are the same: bankruptcy. Once the largest renewable energy developer in the U.S., the Missouri-based company listed $16.1 billion in debt in its Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing on April 21. SunEdison might …

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The Stock Market’s Small Cap Problem

The extraordinary performance of U.S. stocks over the past six years has been like the 1960s Boston Celtics: Dominant and unbeatable. But is the tide changing? From 2009 to present the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY) has gained almost +135%, while the SPDR S&P MidCap 400 ETF (NYSEARCA:MDY) surged +149.72% and the iShares S&P SmallCap 600 (NYSEARCA:IJR) jumped …

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Q&A: Is Buying a Multi-Asset Fund Near Retirement a Good Idea?

Multi-asset class funds and ETFs are designed to invest across various asset classes like stocks, bonds, commodities, real estate, and other alternatives. In the ETF marketplace, examples of these types of multi-asset class funds are the Multi-Asset Diversified Income ETF (NYSEARCA:MDIV), iShares Core Growth Allocation ETF (NYSEARCA:AOR), and the iShares Morningstar Multi-Asset Income ETF (NYSEARCA:IYLD). (Audio) Portfolio …

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Lagging Small Cap Warning Sign For Stock Market?

2015 Outlook: Wall Street Hates Bonds

It’s that time of year again. You know, the wonderful season when Wall Street’s strategists crawl out of their crevices to make predictions about the year ahead. What are they prophesying for 2015? Wall Street foresees grave danger and disaster in the bond market. (Audio) Listen to Ron DeLegge @ The Index Investing Show This …

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Are Momentum Stocks Losing Momentum?

Never mind how the U.S. stock market is posting modest year-to-date losses close to 2%. Momentum stocks are up and so is risk taking. A comparison of the iShares MSCI USA Momentum Factor ETF (NYSEARCA:MTUM) – a good proxy for the risk appetite of bullishly trending stocks – versus the S&P 500 (SNP:^GSPC) shows that momentum stocks have not …

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One Place Where So-Called “Smart Beta” Hasn’t Been Very Smart

Never mind what the cute marketing brochures or what nouveau indexers say. The trumped-up allegations that beta is somehow “smart” or “better” is a grand ole fairytale. (Audio) Listen to Ron DeLegge @ The Index Investing Show While “smart beta” types (formerly referred to as fundamental indexers) are pumping up their equity concoctions (NYSEARCA:PRF), their …

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Are Momentum Stocks Losing their Momentum?

Are momentum stocks losing their luster? High flying momentum stocks like Tesla Motors (NasdaqGS:TSLA), Twitter (NYSE:TWTR), and GoPro (NasdaqGS:GPRO) have experienced sharp pullbacks over the past few months. Tesla and Twitter have fallen below their 50-day and 200-day moving average while GoPro now trades below its 50-day moving average. What’s next? (Audio)Listen to Ron DeLegge @ The Index Investing …

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Stock ETFs Rake in Assets

Stock ETFs Keep Vacuuming in Assets

Never mind how U.S. stocks are at all-time highs.  People are pouring more money into stock tracking ETFs. The top three ETFs by asset inflows over the past week were the iShares S&P MidCap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH), iShares S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:IVV), and the PowerShares Nasdaq 100 ETF (NasdaqGM:QQQ).  IJH raked in almost $1 billion while QQQ …

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Should Your Portfolio Own Commodities?

Should your investment portfolio have exposure to commodities? The problem with commodities (NYSEARCA:DBC) is that most of us don’t have storage space in the garage for a herd of cattle or pork bellies. And even if we did, it still wouldn’t give us diversified exposure to other important commodity sectors like agriculture, energy, and metals (NYSEARCA:GLTR). …

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The First Inning of China’s Bear Market

Never mind China’s reputation for cooking the books; its raw uncooked economic data is sagging. China’s unexpected drop of 18.1% for February exports was the biggest decline in Chinese exports in almost five years and its biggest trade deficit ($23 billion) in two years. (Analysts, that over-optimistic bunch, had forecasted a 7.5% rise.) In January, …

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