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Fri, 15 Jun 2018
15:15:23 +0000
Dow Sinks 200 Points after Trump Imposes Tariffs on China
The markets responded negatively to the latest news of U.S. President Donald trump imposing a 25 percent tariff on up to $50 billion in Chinese goods by plunging over 200 points at the open. The measures by the Trump administration will affect Chinese goods "that contain industrially significant technologies" and that the action comes "in light of China's theft of intellectual property and technology and its other unfair trade practices," said Trump in a statement. In addition, Trump announced that the imposition of further tariffs could be on the horizon should China retaliate with tariffs of their own on American products, such as crops.
Thu, 14 Jun 2018
22:32:10 +0000
5 Passive ETFs Soaring in Popularity on Millennials' Choice
Millennials are betting big on ETFs: Will the ride continue?
Wed, 13 Jun 2018
12:14:07 +0000
What Investors Should Pay Attention to at June Fed Meeting
The Federal Open Market Committee (or FOMC) is due to meet for a two-day meeting starting today. The Fed is widely expected to increase interest rates by a quarter percentage point. This would be the seventh rate hike since the current tightening cycle began in December 2015 and the second rate hike in 2018.
Tue, 12 Jun 2018
10:00:00 +0000
Top 3 ETFs to Track the S&P 500 as of June 2018
If you're looking for exposure to the country's largest market caps, these index ETFs are a good place to start.
Thu, 07 Jun 2018
09:52:00 +0000
Seasonal Summer Sell Signals: Myth or Reality?
There are clearly reasons to continue giving this bull market the benefit of doubt, but the risks are rising and that means a defensive approach is warranted. While we won’t rule out new bull market highs as the year progresses, one should be cautious in committing new or additional money to stocks, particularly over the near-term. Over the 58 years since 1960, the S&P 500 has averaged a gain of 6.8% for the winter period, while the summer average is only 1.0%.
Wed, 06 Jun 2018
12:59:12 +0000
Is iShares Core Conservative Allocation ETF (AOK) a Hot ETF Right Now?
Smart Beta ETF report for AOK
Fri, 01 Jun 2018
09:22:00 +0000
How The Bond Market Reliably Signals Recessions
The bond market is about double the size of the stock market, with a far greater trading volume, and can have some predictive power for stocks. This is because government bonds are typically in tune with the broader economy and interest rates. Currently, the bond market is sending some negative signals about the prospects for the economy and the markets, but is this just noise or something you should pay attention to?
Thu, 31 May 2018
12:02:24 +0000
Why May Consumer Confidence Signals a Strong Second Quarter
The Conference Board website explains that the consumer confidence index (or CCI) is a barometer of the health of the US economy (VOO) from the perspective of the consumer. The consumer confidence survey compiles consumer perceptions of employment and business conditions and their expectations for the next six months. The latest report indicated that the consumer confidence index has increased to 128.0 in May as compared to a downward revised April reading of 125.6.
Thu, 31 May 2018
11:39:11 +0000
Is iShares Core Aggressive Allocation ETF (AOA) a Hot ETF Right Now?
Smart Beta ETF report for AOA
Tue, 29 May 2018
17:15:02 +0000
ETF Inflows Increased Steadily Last Week
Last week, lower volatility helped investors add a substantial amount to US-listed ETFs. According to FactSet, investors poured $8.5 billion into ETFs last week, which increased the YTD (year-to-date) inflows to $117 billion. US equity (MS) (GS) (C) continued to be the most popular asset class with investors. US equity saw an addition of $6.17 billion, while international equity lost $243.5 billion. US fixed-income ETFs saw a net addition of $2.24 billion amid a decline in the US ten-year Treasury yield from 3.1% the previous week to 2.9% last week. ...
Tue, 29 May 2018
16:03:23 +0000
Large Speculators’ S&P 500 Positions Last Week
Last week (ended May 25), the S&P 500 appreciated by 0.31% and closed at 2,721.3, helped primarily by reduced odds of a fourth rate hike this year. The US-North Korea summit took a new turn when Donald Trump canceled the summit, leading to some risk-off trading. However, the losses were limited for the S&P 500.
Wed, 23 May 2018
15:45:02 +0000
Can China Reduce Its Trade Deficit with the US?
Will China suddenly increase the imports of certain products? If it does, will there be sufficient demand for these products in China, or will China cut the imports of such products from its other trading partners?
Wed, 23 May 2018
14:13:45 +0000
Why President Trump Isn’t Happy with the US-China Trade Deal
This came as a surprise to the markets, as the president’s comments stood in stark contrast to those made by the US Treasury secretary, Steve Mnuchin, who is heading the negotiations from the US side. Mnuchin said that the United States and China (MCHI) were close to a deal after a joint statement from both the sides was released on May 19, and the stock markets (VOO) rallied at the beginning of this week as US-China trade tensions seemed to be cooling off. Why was Trump unhappy?
Mon, 21 May 2018
19:02:06 +0000
Consecutive S&P 500 Declines Have Hurt Leading Economic Index
The S&P 500 Index (SPY) continued its negative run with another lower close in April. The Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI) uses the performance of the S&P 500 Index (VOO) as one of the constituents of the LEI. The inclusion of the S&P 500 performance in the Conference Board Leading Economic Index (or LEI) is supported by econometric evidence, as some economists would argue that the stock markets are not a true reflection of the state of the economy.
Mon, 21 May 2018
12:24:13 +0000
Large Speculator Positions on the S&P 500 Index Last Week
In the week that ended on May 18, the S&P 500 Index closed at 2,712.97, a fall of 0.54% compared to the previous week’s close of 2,727.72. With trade wars, geopolitical tensions, and most companies’ first-quarter earnings behind us, we can expect markets to start focusing on the threat from higher rates.
Fri, 18 May 2018
14:04:02 +0000
Is SPDR Russell 1000 Momentum Focus ETF (ONEO) a Hot ETF Right Now?
Smart Beta ETF report for ONEO
Thu, 17 May 2018
12:24:00 +0000
President Trump Reveals His Stock Market Investments, Here's What We Learned
With President Trump's recent financial disclosure of payments to his personal lawyer, he also shared the latest detail on his investment holdings. Well, as expected, the bulk of Trump's wealth is held across a number of companies including hotels, brands, golf courses and media and, in fact, there are many details the disclosure does not provide.
Mon, 14 May 2018
12:53:30 +0000
Equity ETFs Are the Flavor of the Season
US-listed ETF inflows are steadily climbing despite volatility in the market, indicating investor confidence in the broader market. FactSet data showed that investors added $6.1 billion to ETFs last week, raising the YTD (year-to-date) inflows to $94.7 billion. US equities (JPM) (GS) (BAC) continued to be the top grosser with inflows of $6.8 billion, while international equities saw outflows of $1.5 billion. US fixed-income ETFs gained $1 billion, while international fixed income had outflows of $327.1 million.
Wed, 09 May 2018
15:20:08 +0000
A Look at Business Development Companies as an Asset Class
A third consideration that combines the credit exposure with floating rate exposure is business development companies. Business development companies operate under certain sets of rules, some of which have changed recently in their favor.
Wed, 09 May 2018
13:48:38 +0000
Where Does Hope Lie in the Fixed Income Market?
On the one hand, fundamentals remain positive, and the global economic expansion appears to have momentum. From a flows perspective, we are seeing allocations along the risk spectrum by fixed income investors, with large inflows into both emerging markets debt as well as more conservative categories like ultra-short bonds.

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