The IMF reduces its full-year global growth forecast

From Wayne Duggan: The International Monetary Fund is the latest major economic institution to temper global economic growth expectations for 2019. On Tuesday, the IMF reduced its full-year global growth forecast from 3.5 percent to 3.3 percent.
NYSE:VT April 9, 2019 1:33pm

Fed Jawboning, Minutes Give The Dow Jones Industrial Average A Boost

bullish buyChris Ciovacco:  On April 8, we outlined reasons to be concerned about stocks. The Fed pays close attention to the market’s risk profile; maybe they didn’t like what they saw. In addition to the Fed minutes that were released Wednesday, Charles Evans seemed
NYSE:DIA April 9, 2014 4:43pm

Foreign Stimulus Could Push U.S. Stocks To New Highs [Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF, Vanguard Total World Stock Idx Fd (ETF)]

cashChris Ciovacco: Stocks Impacted By Comments Overseas.
NYSE:DIA March 28, 2014 5:06pm

3 ETFs To Play The Global Recovery [Vanguard Total World Stock Idx Fd (ETF), iShares MSCI ACWI Index Fund]

etfs etfsDespite a number of challenges, 2013 finally ended with record gains for global stocks, driven mainly by the Fed’s easy monetary policies and improving global economic conditions.
NASDAQ:ACWI January 19, 2014 11:40pm

What Is Relative Demand Telling Us About Stocks and The Economy?

economyChris Ciovacco: The U.S. economy is highly dependent on consumers buying and consuming. It is much easier to buy and consume when you are employed. Consequently, investors monitor the labor market very closely.
NYSE:AGG January 8, 2014 5:17pm

Currency Wars: Money-Printing Wind At Stock Market’s Back

bullish buyChris Ciovacco: While common sense tells us “printing our way to prosperity” seems like an unlikely longer-term outcome, in the short run it can help push stock prices higher. From Bloomberg:
NYSE:FEZ November 11, 2013 4:31pm

Dow Jones Industrial Average: Bears Have Reason To Hope

bearbull21-150x1501Chris Ciovacco: Markets tend to be a bit obsessive. In recent months, traders shifted from taper-gate to familiar political posturing in Washington, D.C. The next obsession may be earnings
NYSE:VEU October 14, 2013 7:46pm

Build A Complete Portfolio With These 3 ETFs (VT, FWDB, USCI)

Eric Dutram: With close to 1,500 ETFs trading today, the industry has expanded into a host of niche sectors and markets. Options now exist that give investors
NYSE:USCI August 22, 2012 12:05am

Five Great Global ETFs For Complete Equity Exposure (ACWI, VT, URTH, ACIM, ACCU, IVV)

Eric Dutram: Over the past few years, ETFs have gained in popularity among sector-focused investors and those looking to do short-term trades. Leveraged and niche ETFs have seen huge inflows as a result, leaving many of their broader ETF counterparts in the dust.

NYSE:ACCU May 1, 2012 3:04pm

ETF Shakeups: Three Small Cap Funds To Close, VT To Get Small Cap Extension (TWON, HKK, RSUN, EWT, QAI, VT)

Michael Johnston: The universe of U.S.-listed ETFs has expanded at a record pace in 2011, with more than 300 new products beginning to trade. This year has also seen some contraction, as a number of different issuers have shuttered products that failed to generate interest from investors. IndexIQ is
NYSE:EWT December 21, 2011 4:30pm

Back To Basics: Seven (7) ETFs For Long-Term Investors (VT, SCHA, VWO, FWDB, PLW, ELD, USCI)

Stoyan Bojinov: New exchange traded products continue to debut on the market by the cartload, as issuers have been ramping up activity on the product development front while ongoing innovation in the
NYSE:ELD November 29, 2011 11:53pm

Vanguard CEO Discusses ETFs vs. Other Funds

Vanguard CEO Bill McNabb discusses the company's new ETF and index fund offerings with MoneyWatch's Eric Schurenberg. Eric touches on what investment vehicle, traditional funds
NASDAQ:VCIT July 6, 2010 9:59pm

Vanguard Files For 20 New ETFs, Summary Of New Funds

Vanguard is expanding its index fund family, introducing new funds with ETF Shares to provide investors with additional low-cost stock and bond choices. The new ETFs will be available commission-free to Vanguard Brokerage clients. See the preliminary breakdown of each ETF below
NASDAQ:VCIT June 24, 2010 11:04am

Investing In The World With One ETF (ACWI, VT)

foreign world marketsA simple way to invest and diversify yourself would be to invest in the world.  The following ETF's cover markets worldwide and invest in several companies within the ETF.  This minimizes your exposure to one company or country, creating a well balanced portfolio in one ETF.
NASDAQ:ACWI July 19, 2009 10:34am

Forget The Analysis, Just Buy Everything

buy-nowLast year, shareholders everywhere simply lost faith in stocks, selling off both undervalued and overvalued ones. You could tap computer keyboards, pore over balance sheets and examine price charts to identify superb companies in which to invest, only to see your "bargain" stock become an even bigger one as your fellow shareholders dumped their shares, convinced the world was ending. Hence the theory: If all stocks move in lockstep based on investors' general attitude toward owning equities, you might as well forget the analysis and buy everything -- specifically, an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that holds hundreds of stocks from all over the world. All broad-based ETFs have tracked the same path as the markets, bubbling along nicely until last summer, then plunging and hitting a multiyear low on March 9. True to form, all have since roared back with the markets over the past two months. Investors who want to own everything in a single ETF should consider the Vanguard Total World Stock Index Fund (VT/NYSE), said Norman Rothery, founder of The fund's management expense ratio of 25 basis points "is a bit high," he said, noting a lower MER can be achieved by combining a fund that tracks the U. S. market -- the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI/NYSE), which has an MER of 0.07% -- with something like the Vanguard Europe Pacific ETF (VEA/NYSE), with an MER of 0.15%, "so it can be a cheaper approach, but if you're looking for total simplicity, you can get it down to one fund." Our online search found that most "global" exchange-traded funds are dominated by the same handful of U.S. giants: Exxon Mobil Corp., Microsoft Corp., AT&T Corp., Johnson & Johnson, Procter & Gamble Co., Chevron Corp., General Electric Co. and IBM Corp. Although these companies have international operations, the ETFs that hold them seem more American than global. Similarly, MSN's Moneycentral site (moneycentral. lists 17 ETFs under the category of "world stock," but many represent plays on individual sectors -- industrials, consumer staples, agriculture, gaming, luxury goods, shipping and so on. If you buy such a sector ETF, even one diversified geographically, your hunch about the industry must be correct for your investment to outperform the overall index. If you are not an industry insider, you're just guessing. So, again, you might as well buy everything. The Yahoo Finance site's ETF browser (finance. lists 19 funds under the category of "foreign-large blend," referring to funds that hold large-cap stocks from developed countries outside the United States. The largest is the US$29.62-billion iShares MSCI EAFE Index Fund (EFA/NYSE), which indeed owns everything, with 838 large-cap stocks. Its 10 largest holdings each account for less than 2% of the fund: Nestle SA, BP PLC, Total SA, Roche Holding AG, Vodafone Group PLC, Novartis AG, Toyota Motor Corp., Telefonica SA, GlaxoSmithKline PLC, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, BHP Billiton PLC and HSBC Holdings PLC. Full Story:
NYSE:EFA May 9, 2009 9:51am

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