• As much as the Fed tries to use a combination of lower interest rates, fiddling with the dollar’s value and the possibility of another round of QE, inflation has remained stubbornly low and it may be there to stay. The Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking Fund (DBC) was tracking higher [...]
  • ​As we head into the second half of 2019, the financial markets are telling us two stories. The first is the equity markets. If you pay attention to just the S&P 500, which most people do, you probably think everything is great. The index just hit a new all-time high and [...]
  • Chinese stocks have been rallying for most of 2019 on anticipation of a China-U.S. trade deal being reached that help eliminate at least some of the tariffs that have been imposed by both sides. Every time we hear words like “progressing” or “encouraging”, we’ve seen a modest pop in the [...]
  • Despite all the hype and growth potential surrounding the solar energy industry, the sector as an investment has been a real dud. The Invesco Solar ETF (TAN) has been around since 2008 and since its launch the fund has lost more than 80% of its value.   Granted, most of [...]
  • Getting added to one of the major MSCI indices can mean big flows into stocks and ETFs that cover these areas. When a country gets added to an index, funds that track that index must add the country’s equities to their portfolios in order to continue properly tracking the index. That can [...]
  • Periodically, I answer user questions that come up in comment threads and messages in a little more depth. I haven’t done one of these in a little while, but I’ve gotten some great questions lately that are worthy of the in-depth treatment. As always, if there’s a question on your [...]
  • Earnings season jumps into full swing this coming week as Amazon (AMZN), Facebook (FB), Alphabet (GOOG) (GOOGL), Twitter (TWTR), Visa (V), Mastercard (MA), AMD (AMD), PayPal (PYPL), Intel (INTC), AT&T (T), Verizon (VZ), Gilead (GILD), McDonald’s (MCD), Boeing (BA), Abbvie (ABBV), Coca-Cola (KO) and ExxonMobil (XOM) all report quarterly results. [...]
  • There is currently around $5.3 trillion invested in 401(k)s nationwide. The vast majority of that money is invested in mutual funds with the remaining going towards things, such as company stock, individual stocks and bonds, annuities, life insurance separate accounts and other odds and ends. One product that is noticeably [...]
  • As a bonus for my real-time subscribers, I periodically answer user questions that come up in comment threads and messages in a little more depth. These won’t be article-length responses, but think of it more as a lightning round for whatever’s on your mind! Today’s question (lightly edited for clarity)… [...]
  • In putting together model portfolios for my subscribers, I spend a lot of time digging into the details of the ETFs that ultimately make the cut. It’s an absolutely necessary part of portfolio construction, because failure to do your due diligence can result in a portfolio that’s not what you [...]

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