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 […]

The Case Against Monthly Dividend Stocks

The Case Against Monthly Dividend Stocks

This may sound like heresy to some of you reading this, but I am becoming more and more convinced that monthly dividends are a lazy management team’s way to get out of providing attractive dividend growth for investors. Over the last several years, a significant number of high yield master limited partnerships (MLPs), real estate […]

Your Alma Mater is a Better Investor than You: Here’s Why

Your Alma Mater is a Better Investor than You: Here’s Why

True market enthusiasts are always interested in new strategies — more importantly, market-beating strategies, and we’ve found one at your local university. With some universities returning 20.2 percent for fiscal 14, we have a lot to learn.  It’s that time of the year that major university endowments are releasing their results for fiscal 2014. You […]

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 […]

Death Cross: Ignore the Media Frenzy and Start Buying

Death Cross: Ignore the Media Frenzy and Start Buying

Monday marked the first ‘death cross’ for the Russell 2000 index in several years. The statement alone is ominous enough to force the market into a selloff. But, death cross is actually a term used by chartists and technicians to relates to price movements. In basic terms, the 50-day moving average (average closing price over […]

4 High-Yield Stocks to Buy Now Before the Fed Hikes Rates

4 High-Yield Stocks to Buy Now Before the Fed Hikes Rates

Fear in the stock market rends to paint all of the stocks in a specific sector with the same red brush. However, this can spell opportunity as rising interest rates do not affect all REITs equally. There are a handful of companies that actually stand to benefit from the Fed’s tightened monetary policy.  Fear in […]

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 […]