“Based on a reliable set of common sense indicators (more about them in a moment), the stock market will have to fall hard to reach fair valuations. Based on a number of short-term indicators, this rally has come within striking
“At first glance, it’s hard to figure: Two exchange-traded funds follow the same broad class of stocks but beget a huge difference in performance. Both iShares S&P SmallCap 600 (IJR) and iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) track indexes
Ron Rowland writes for www.MoneyAndMarkets.com that he wants you to “get familiar with six of the most popular ETFs that track key stock market benchmarks
The Boston Options Exchange “BOX” will eliminate trading fees for three exchange traded funds “ETF’s”. They will eliminate the fees on three ETF’s in hopes to gain business in options trading for these funds. The three ETF’s are SPDR Trust Series (SPY), the PowerShares QQQ Trust (QQQQ) and the iShares Russell 2000 Index Fund (IWM).
“The penny pilot program is an SEC initiative to quote a number of options classes in pennies, on a trial basis with only a limited number of options. The SEC intended the penny pricing initiative to help tighten price spreads, provide better prices to retail customers, and reduce payment for order flow.
The number of members in the ETF Billion Dollar Club held steady this month at 15, but there are changes in the roster. SPDR Select Sector Energy (XLE) is back in the club after a one-month absence, and iShares MSCI Brazil (EWZ) makes its first appearance of the year. The two funds losing their membership […]
I was surprised by the volume of the feedback I received from last week’s Using Options to Control Risk in Leveraged ETFs. Clearly there is a great deal of interest in options and leveraged ETFs. Among the emails I received were several questions about strategies associated with ETFs. For the record, my intent here is […]
Going into the holiday shortened week, most U.S. equity index ETFs were in oversold territory. While the PowerShares QQQ Trust ETF (QQQQ) continues to be oversold above its 200-day moving average, both the S&P 500 SPDRS ETF (SPY) and Dow Diamonds ETF (DIA) remain oversold below the 200-day moving average. The same can be said […]
“Warren Buffett recently said that American ingenuity will spark an impressive recovery here in the United States. And I remember that you used to discuss ETFs that might benefit from Mr. Buffett’s investment allocation. But lately, you’ve been talking about large and small China ETFs, even China real estate ETFs. If you had to invest […]
Finding the next Apple or Microsoft is like looking for a needle in a haystack. And even though most people will never find either, none of it keeps them from trying. Take for example, America’s mutual fund managers. They’re charged with the responsibility of discovering tomorrow’s blue chip stocks. Yet, according to Standard & Poor’s […]
Consider that since the current rally started on March 10, smaller stocks have been outperforming their bigger brethren. For example, the prices of the iShares Russell 2000 (NYSE: IWM) and the MidCap SPDRs (NYSE: MDY) have shot up roughly 30% in that period. By comparison, the S&P 500 SPDRs (NYSE: SPY) is up some 20% […]
The Motley Fool community is weighted toward investors, as opposed to traders. As such, it has been hard for many of us to stomach the constant drumbeat of the financial media’s daily mantra that “buy-and-hold is dead.” Whether they surface on CNBC, investing websites, or blogs, these diatribes generally focus on the trailing 10-year period, […]