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The Best ETFs of 2014 and Potential Winners of 2015

The Best ETFs of 2014 and Potential Winners of 2015

Many ETFs had a great year and 2015 will likely produce winners that outpace the broad indexes. There was plenty of money to be made from investing in ETFs during 2014.  While many investors avoided ETFs, out of concern that the weaker-performing stocks could offset the gains made by the stellar stocks, many ETFs made […]

Does Biotech Bearishness Lie Ahead?

Does Biotech Bearishness Lie Ahead?

The biotech sector experienced a big shock on Monday, December 22, just one trading day after new record intraday and closing highs had been reached by the four most-heavily-traded biotech ETFs:  the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology Index ETF (IBB), the SPDR S&P Biotech Index ETF (XBI), the Market Vectors Biotech ETF (BBH) and the First Trust […]

The Winners of Low Oil Prices

The Winners of Low Oil Prices

Falling oil prices have been making all the news, but what are the positives for American consumers. Although oil prices began to decline in early August, the drop became more significant after September 30.  The Thanksgiving Day decision by OPEC oil ministers to leave the organization’s oil production quota unchanged at 30 million barrels per […]

Gold ETFs Getting Hotter

Gold ETFs Getting Hotter

Gold prices are starting to climb. A funny thing happened on November 7. After hitting a low of $1,130.40 per ounce, the spot price of gold rebounded, ending the day at $1,178.70. On the previous day, November 6, spot gold closed at $1,141.30. Had gold finally “bottomed”? Between November 7, 2012 and the closing bell […]

Invest in Growing Cyber Security Sector with New ETF

Invest in Growing Cyber Security Sector with New ETF

Cybersecurity is a growth industry and now a new ETF offers investors the opportunity to participate in this market. The recent cyber-attack against Sony Pictures was only the latest example of the vulnerability of computer systems to the acts of pirates, cyber-terrorists and other miscreants. Sony’s system was hacked by a group which stole the […]

Hot and Cold Sectors in 2014: Looking Back

Hot and Cold Sectors in 2014: Looking Back

A quick “glance under the hood” shows us which sectors have been hot in 2014, which have not and which could be leaders for 2015. The nine SPDR Sector ETFs have been telling us about the advances and declines of the various sectors throughout the year.  While many of us had our own expectations about […]

More Opportunity and Trouble in the Oilfield

More Opportunity and Trouble in the Oilfield

Oil prices continue to tumble and this dramatic price action offers both potential trouble and opportunity for oil market investors. Oil investors have been experiencing a good deal of pain lately.  West Texas Light Crude is down roughly 30% from its summer highs and Brent crude is in the same bear market territory, down some […]

ETFs to Trade on European Central Bank Movements

ETFs to Trade on European Central Bank Movements

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi made news with his press conference last week by suggesting he’s planning more stimulus for the region.  But “Super Mario” is no “Helicopter Ben” as rumors abound that he doesn’t have the support of important policy makers. In the weeks ahead, “Super Mario” could come through with quantitative easing […]

Economics of Ebola Pt. 2

Economics of Ebola Pt. 2

A few weeks ago, I wrote a column for Investors Alley, Position Yourself For A Global Ebola Outbreak, and since then Ebola has continued to spread around the world and now is slowly starting to impact broader financial markets. Hardest hit are the economies in Africa which have been decimated, and global companies doing business […]

Gain Exposure to Futures with these Managed ETFs

Gain Exposure to Futures with these Managed ETFs

ETFs offer a seemingly endless number of investment choices and now managed futures are slowly becoming more popular and well known. Ever since State Street Advisors launched the first ETF in 1993, the ETF universe has continued to expand and evolve.  As a result, the “little guy” or the retail investor, has been able to […]