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New Financial Trouble in Europe – What’s Next?

New Financial Trouble in Europe – What’s Next?

After being dormant for two years, the European banking crisis reared its ugly head again last week. It all started on June 30 when European stock markets responded to some bad news from the region’s banking sector, ahead of the European Central Bank’s upcoming round of stress testing. Italy’s Banco Popolare gave up an attempted […]

The Hottest Sectors of the First Half

The Hottest Sectors of the First Half

What have been the hot sectors so far in 2014 and what might be hot for the rest of the year? At halftime for 2014, let’s look back at the first six months of the year to examine the hottest stock market sectors so far and what that might tell us about opportunities for the […]

Think Interest Rates Will Rise?  Buy These 3 ETFs

Think Interest Rates Will Rise? Buy These 3 ETFs

St. Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard created some excitement on Thursday, during an interview which followed his speech before the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Bullard remarked that the Federal Reserve could make its first increase to the federal funds rate during the first quarter of 2015. In light of the Fed’s recent efforts […]

Top 5 Stocks to Buy that Hedge Funds Own

Top 5 Stocks to Buy that Hedge Funds Own

Although only a handful of investors can afford to invest in hedge funds, all retail investors can learn from them. The hedge fund industry has some of the smartest and most successful investors. Goldman Sachs puts out a quarterly list of the most owned stocks by hedge funds. This list covers over 775 hedge funds. […]

3 high-yield funds with at least 10% upside

3 high-yield funds with at least 10% upside

Over the last several weeks, my interactions with income-focused investors have revealed a tremendous interest in alternative – not common stock shares – higher yield investment types. The alphabet soup of investment types includes closed-end funds (CEFs), where I like to dig for high-yield opportunities. CEFs are a target-rich environment for yield, with over 300 […]

Semiconductor sector looking semi-sweet

Semiconductor sector looking semi-sweet

Why is the semiconductor sector looking semi-sweet? Because the Market Vectors Semiconductor ETF (SMH) is almost at a perfect entry point. If it were a few dollars lower, it would be looking real sweet. Since the beginning of 2013, the overall market has been on a great run. The S&P has gained just under 30% […]

Dividend stocks vs. dividend ETFs: Which is better?

Dividend stocks vs. dividend ETFs: Which is better?

Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) offer many benefits for investors who want to invest in broad or narrow sectors of the investment markets without the need to make specific stock or other individual security investment choices. And you’ve probably at least once thought about getting the best of both worlds with dividend-focused ETFs: income + a basket […]