Major Market ETFs Sitting On The Sidelines

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] There wasn’t much moving and shaking in the markets today despite a gloomy atmosphere in Europe. The S&P 500 dipped a mere 0.05%, but the index had its best January performance in 15 years, returning 4.36%. Although it might be The January Effect, please read my recent piece about the importance of a long-term outlook. Once …

No Major Moves For Equity ETFs, But That May Soon Change

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[Chart courtesy of MarketWatch.com] Although falling deeper earlier in the day, the S&P 500 only finished down 0.25%. Overall, the S&P 500 hasn’t greatly fluctuated as of late, but the VIX index spiked over 5%, indicating that more volatility might be coming. Nevertheless, European and Asian indices were down by a larger magnitude. While currencies and commodities were relatively flat …

ETFs/Mutual Funds On The Cutline – Updated Through 1/27/2012

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Below are the latest ETF Cutline reports, which show how far above or below their respective long-term trend lines (39 week SMA) my currently tracked ETFs/MFs are positioned. The first report covers the ETF Master List from Thursday’s StatSheet and includes 398 ETFs, of which currently 293 (last week 264) of them are hovering in bullish territory. The second report …

A Bleak Future Is In Store For Europe

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Only time will tell if the Eurozone will overcome this debt crisis. However, Europe faces a near certain reality of economic stagnation. With the amount of austerity that has been put in place, prospects for growth are dire indeed. Not only is the economy likely to contract this as suggested by the IMF and others, but forward progress in the …

When Will This Greek Tragedy End?

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While the markets appear impervious to the disastrous situation unfolding in Greece, we certainly are not. Although it’s difficult to quantify the impact of an adverse event in Greece on U.S. markets, Greek default is a very realistic scenario that could trigger a negative ripple effect globally. As Greece is mired in talks with its bondholders over the restructuring terms …