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5 Low Volatility ETFs for Volatile Days

5 Low Volatility ETFs for Volatile Days

Although investors usually associate volatility with a bearish stock market, it actually concerns the tendency for a stock – or even an index – to make wild swings in either direction. Since investors fear swings to the downside, bearish volatility is all that matters. Perhaps this is why the Chicago Board Options Exchange Volatility Index […]

A Different Way to Trade Hot IPO Stocks: ETFs

A Different Way to Trade Hot IPO Stocks: ETFs

All of the excitement about Friday’s Initial Purchase Offering (IPO) of Alibaba (BABA) sparked a wave of IPO fever among those who felt that they “missed out” on all of the excitement surrounding the highly-hyped IPOs of Facebook (FB) and Twitter (TWTR).  Those who bought Facebook at $38.23 per share on its first day of […]

ETFs to Trade the Euro

ETFs to Trade the Euro

Europe is in trouble and the Euro offers potential opportunities as turbulence on the continent continues. On September 4, the European Central Bank took another step in addressing the ongoing problem of “disinflation” as the region’s economy continued to deteriorate.  On August 29, Eurostat reported that the inflation rate for the Eurozone continued to sink […]

How to Increase Dividend Payments Through ETF Investing

How to Increase Dividend Payments Through ETF Investing

Investing for dividend growth is a favorite strategy of many individual investors and professional money managers, and ETFs can be a great vehicle if you’re seeking dividends. Many investors are not aware of the fact that there are ETFs available, which actually pay dividends since it’s frequently assumed that dividends paid for the stocks held […]

How to Short Gold and Oil

How to Short Gold and Oil

Recent geopolitical events have focused investors’ attention on gold and oil and both have recently taken substantial hits in price. Many investors were lured into gold on July 2, when a “golden cross” appeared on the chart for the spot price of the yellow metal.  A golden cross is formed when the 50-day moving average […]

What’s Happening to Retail and the Consumer?

What’s Happening to Retail and the Consumer?

Consumer sentiment dropped to a nine month low on Friday as the August University of Michigan Consumer Sentiment widely missed expectations and dropped to 79.2 from last month’s 81.8. The report came on the heels of Wednesday’s July retail sales report which was also a disappointment. Although economists were expecting an increase of 0.2 percent, […]

Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

Why Ebola and Ukraine Could Lead to Emerging Market Weakness

Emerging markets could be under increased stress due to slowing global growth, geopolitical problems in Ukraine and the Ebola epidemic. Pay close attention to the responses given by stock market analysts when they are asked about the outlook for emerging markets. How many attempt to completely dodge the question? It is also interesting to note […]

Profit from China’s Economic Development With These 2 ETFs

Profit from China’s Economic Development With These 2 ETFs

Since early May, most of the commentary concerning China’s economy has been relatively upbeat, while at the same time, providing some apprehensive discussion about the downside risks which lie ahead. The June, 2014 edition of the World Bank’s Global Economic Prospects report had this to say about China’s economy: Growth for China is expected to […]