Education

Corporate Bond ETFs Offer Varying Opportunities And Risks

Corporate bond ETFs were one of the biggest disappointments of the fixed-income landscape in 2015. Their lackluster returns and weakening fundamentals suggested an undercurrent of fear in the credit markets despite the ongoing trend of stable interest rates. Fortunately, many of these corporate bond ETFs have turned a corner in…

What Is Under Your ETF’s Hood?

Much is written daily about exchange traded funds (ETFs) as they continue to grow in popularity and are increasingly becoming the vehicle of choice for investment portfolios. There are now roughly 2,000 ETFs listed in the U.S. and there are multiple funds covering any given financial market index, asset class, sector, sub-sector,…

Traders Education: The Importance Of Price Confirmation

I wanted to clarify a tweet I sent out earlier about the importance of position sizing based on price confirmation by highlighting a recent trade I made in SolarCity ($SCTY). Price confirmation is an important variable to our trading process, so it deserves a bit of attention. SCTY has been…

Inside 3 Prominent Software & Semiconductor ETFs

Last week we did an in-depth review of the largest technology ETFs and their associated price action. As a follow-up to that post, we want to dig deeper into both hardware and software indexes within the overarching technology realm. Today we’ll look at both semiconductor ETFs and software ETFs. One of…

Conviction Is A Good Thing… Just Tune Out The “Big Calls”

A large segment of Wall Street – analysts, news pundits, etc. – is paid to make calls for individual stocks and the broader stock market indices as a whole without personally committing capital towards these predictions. Do you see any conflict there? If your prediction is wrong, the majority of…

Trading Streaks: Seeing Through The Ups And Downs

If you are a trader, it is almost a certainty that you have had to deal with the ups and downs of trading streaks… and the effect they have on your psychology. Today, I am going to dig into some detail about this topic of trading streaks in data. I…

Are The BRICs Ready To Lead Emerging Markets Higher?

Are The BRIC countries Working On A Break Out?  Emerging Minds Want To Know The BRIC acronym was developed to denote top emerging market nations with excess growth potential. The countries denoted in this basket include: Brazil, Russia, India, and China. While you can invest directly in any one of…

Consumer Staples ETFs Continue Move Higher Into 2016

Consumer staples stocks aren’t considered the sexiest sector in the market. Companies that make diapers or sell food just aren’t as exciting as cutting-edge cyber security firms or social media rock stars. Nevertheless, the non-cyclical business models of these businesses make for a formidable investment theme with consistent revenue and…

Bracketology: An Investing Lesson From The NCAA

“Bracketology”, a term coined by ESPN, is the study of the annual NCAA college basketball tournament. Interestingly the art or science of filling out an NCAA tournament bracket also provides insight into how investors select investment assets. Before explaining, we present you with a question: When filling out an NCAA…