• ETF Talk: State Street Started It All

    What company pioneered the concept of trading a bundle of stocks in the form of a fund, as easily as buying a single stock?

  • You Are ‘Correct’ Sir

    You’ll definitely want to play the waiting game a bit longer to see if a full-blown correction takes place.

  • Covering the Commodities Sector

    While a baker may have opinions about the source of his grain or a rocket engineer may carefully choose a specific aluminum for her satellite housing, investors tend to see commodities as equivalent inputs for products.

  • Too Much Conviction in Consensus

    When it comes to a widespread consensus in the markets, I tend to get very nervous.

  • Metals are Not a Great Foundation for Your Portfolio

    DBB is an exchange-traded fund (ETF) that offers a way to tap into the prospects of several key metals.

  • Where in the World to Invest

    After a couple of weeks of trading, things haven’t been as smooth for the equity markets as they were last year.

  • Focusing on Futuristic Fuel

    Approximately 13% of the world’s energy needs currently are met by nuclear power plants, with leading users including Finland, Japan, South Korea, Switzerland and Ukraine.

  • Emerging Markets off to a Bad Start

    There’s only been five days of trading so far in 2014, but for emerging market equities and for China, the year has gotten off to a very bad start.

  • Sink Your Teeth Into Soybeans

    As a commodity, soybeans are ubiquitous in the American food supply. Soybeans appear as protein-rich flour in processed foods, vegetable oil and meal for animal feed.

  • The Best ETF Developments of 2013

    The past 12 months have been another banner year for exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but what were the best new developments on the ETF front in 2013?

  • The Three Vital Signs to Watch in 2014

    As a market advisor, I am constantly asked about what investors should be paying attention to in order to sidestep potential speed bumps in the financial markets.

  • Will Commodities Start to Shine?

    Commodities have had a volatile go of it in 2013. Yet the recent rebound in the global economy that, in part, led to the Fed’s decision to taper, means that commodities could be on the road to recovery in 2014.

  • Triple X Bears in Japan

    If the Japanese stock market retreats, one exchange-traded fund (ETF) that you may want to consider is the Direxion Daily Japan Bear 3X Shares (JPNS), which is designed to capitalize on any drop in that market.

  • The Fed Will Taper in 2014

    Although the taper won’t begin until 2014, the early sign from Wall Street is that traders love the decision.

  • Triple Down on Japan

    An aggressive way to capitalize on continued Japanese market gains is the Direxion Daily Japan Bull 3X Shares (JPNL).

  • What Can Go up 20% in 2014?

    I suspect that stocks will not have the kind of relatively care-free year they had this year, but that doesn’t mean the bulls are going to run and hide.

  • New Japanese Small-Cap ETF Fund Is Promising

    Take advantage of Abenomics and the Bank of Japan’s plan to create inflationary, yen-weakening pressures in the Japanese economy to spur exports and growth.

  • Equity Market Bubble Talk, But No Stock Collapse Yet

    The big question is whether we are in an equity market bubble, and when that bubble will burst and send stocks collapsing the way they did in 2008.

  • China’s Expanding Middle Class May Propel Profits

    The Chinese government has an explicit policy to refocus its economy towards domestic consumption, rather than infrastructure investment.

  • Giving Thanks for ETFs

    I am thankful that I live in a country where, despite its flaws, success and the achievement of one’s goals are still possible.