From Zacks: Volatility is ruling the market for some time now. Rising rate concerns in the United States have spooked the broader market. Overvaluation, U.S.-Sino trade tensions and the resultant pressure on global growth, geopolitical issues and uncertainty around mid-terms are added worries.
From BlackRock: Kate explains what may constitute the new defense in stocks as rates transition from “lower for longer” to higher at long last.
From David Fabian: If there’s one thing investors love, it’s consistency and reliability. Two attributes that deftly describe the trend of exchange-traded funds that track low volatility stocks.
The markets reminded us on Wednesday how even the calmest environment can turn volatile quickly. The markets started losing faith that events in Washington would come to a non-eventful conclusion and began dumping risky assets en masse.
From BlackRock: Exchange-traded funds are popular with many big institutional investors. A look into why can give every investor something to think about.
Election Day is on Tuesday, and it’s quite possible we’ve never seen a presidential election with two such polarizing candidates. The S&P 500 has been on a streak of nine consecutive down days through Friday, the longest such streak since 1980, and part of the reason is the result of the election.
BlackRock’s Head of Smart Beta Sara Shores examines the performance of the iShares minimum volatility ETFs and reasons why investors should consider them for the long term.
Despite underperforming recently, high yielding defensive stocks are still expensive. BlackRock’s Russ Koesterich sees better value elsewhere, namely technology.
Earlier this year, minimum volatility ETFs had already began receiving huge inflows. With volatility now on the rise, these ETFs are receiving even more attention.
From ZeroHedge: UBS’ Paul Winter believes we arpre witnessing the end of the credit cycle – earnings growth rates are flat, and the stock market impact has been increasing.
With the dramatic market losses of the Global Financial Crisis still so fresh in investors’ minds and because of the length of the market’s upward movement since then, investors have felt a growing desire to protect assets.
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