Despite the “Grand Reversal,” Stick With Stocks
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:55
Last year, stocks were up strongly while bonds struggled. However, this year so far, U.S. stocks have struggled to hold onto gains while U.S. bond yields have plunged. Most recently, last week, stocks slipped as investors digested mixed economic data and U.S. small caps entered correction territory, and equities are now up only nominally year-to-date. Meanwhile, as stocks floundered, bonds continued to rally – a broad measure of the U.S. bond market is up around 3.5%. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note broke below 2.5%, a six-month low, thanks to several factors, including institutional buying and some evidence of sputtering global growth. As I write in my new weekly commentary, given the sharp and “Grand Reversal” from 2013, many investors are wondering: “How should I be positioning for the long term?” My answer: Stick with stocks. Despite the strong performance of bonds year-to-date, I remain cautious toward fixed income and advocate […]

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Deutsche Launches Small Cap A-Shares Fund (ASHS)
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:55
It’s been another up and down week on Wall Street, as investors continue to digest mixed earnings and economic reports. Small cap stocks were hit particularly hard on Tuesday, with the Russell 2000 Index (IWM) falling 1.5% during the session. On the macro front, investors awaited minutes from the Federal Reserve’s April meeting [see Owning the Market Isn't As Easy As It Sounds]. In ETF news, last week investors welcomed yet another ETF first - Merk’s Gold Trust (OUNZ). The fund is designed to track the spot price of gold bullion, but gives investors the ability to trade shares in exchange for physical gold bullion. Last week, PowerShares also reported a new filing for a Multi-Strategy Alternative fund, an actively manged ETF that looks to minimize volatility in broad alternative asset classes while still providing investors with a strong return utilizing a long-short strategy. On Wednesday, investors welcomed yet another fund from Deutsche Asset & […]

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Big Misses in GDP? Here’s Why the Market isn’t Spooked
Sunday, 18 May 2014 05:46
In shock of the year (OK, not really), GDP was barely positive in the first quarter; up only 0.1% with weather taking the primary blame. Of course this faltering growth rate was completely missed by every single economist out there as their expectations
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Are Emerging Markets Ready to Outperform?
Thursday, 22 May 2014 20:55
Since 2011 emerging market stocks have been significantly underperforming the more traditional U.S. and European indices. In fact, over the past three years the ETF that tracks the emerging markets (NYSEARCA:EEM) has underperformed the S&P 500 by over 40%. This
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Is Stock Market Volatility Increasing?
Sunday, 18 May 2014 05:46
Is stock market volatility rising or falling? For most of this year, stock market volatility has actually outperformed the stock market itself. But for whatever reason, it’s an unpopular narrative that’s been and continues to be ignored by the mainstream media. The
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