• A Fund That Spans All American Stocks

    The market’s fourth-largest ETF is simply one to invest in when you think times are good and things are looking up across the board in the United States: Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI).

  • January’s Not-So-Pretty Domestic ETF Picture

    The final week of January ushered in a host of corporate earnings reports and, for the most part, those earnings were a mixed bag.

  • Why I Hate Taxes and Tax Collectors!

    We constantly hear about the need for tax reform but never really get it.

  • The Strong Dollar and Earnings Impact the Market

    There has been much talk about currencies — from the weakening of the euro, which fell apart last week following the European Central Bank’s (ECB) stimulus package, to the stronger U.S. dollar.

  • Big Moves in the ‘Big Mac’ Index for 2015

    George Soros, the world-famous currency speculator “who broke the Bank of England” in 1992, calls investing in currencies “an existential choice.” It’s therefore not surprising that most folks have trouble grasping the immense world of currency trading. Nevertheless, the second | Read More »

  • Valuation of Notre Dame Football Program Rivals Top State Universities

    Valuation of Notre Dame Football Program Rivals Top State Universities

    The University of Notre Dame may have been one the biggest financial winners of the just-completed college football season, even though the private Catholic institution did not make the inaugural four-team playoff that featured big state universities.

  • Set Sail with the Biggest Overseas Fund

    Today’s ETF is the third-largest ETF on the market and the most popular way to invest overseas: iShares MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA).

  • The ETF Tailwind of ECB QE

    By far, the biggest market-moving event this week was the European Central Bank’s (ECB) decision to implement the Old World version of quantitative easing (QE).

  • GO Faster than GDP

    Gross Output (GO), a broadened measure of U.S. economic activity published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), grew to nearly $31.3 trillion in the third quarter of 2014, a 5.2% jump in real terms (annualized).

  • Tomorrow’s Market Will Be a ECB-Driven Day; Plus, Watch My New Options Video

    It will be interesting as European Central Bank President Mario Draghi steps up to the monetary stimulus plate.

  • India’s Curious Conservative Consensus

    Of the 46 global markets I track each day, India has shot out in front of the pack.

  • O.J. Simpson’s Public Failings Show the Risk of Investing in Collectibles

    The marketing campaign that claims “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas” proved true in the case of O.J. Simpson, whose use of guns and accomplices at a casino hotel to help him retrieve collectibles he alleged were stolen from him not only put him in prison but damaged the value of those coveted items.

  • Featuring Another Giant S&P 500 Fund

    Today’s ETF Talk will examine the second-largest ETF in existence.

  • Beware the Currency Market Turmoil

    There have been two big trends influencing the markets during the past several months, particularly since early December.

  • Wild Ride on Wall Street: When Will it Recover?

    Like a bad penny, one particular economic fallacy keeps coming back.

  • Using the Calendar and Catalysts to Your Trading Advantage

    I’m always looking for catalysts — the events, meetings or product launches that can be real tipping points for a company and its shares.

  • How to Profit from the Income Investing Panic of 2015

    It hasn’t been easy being an income investor over the past few years. The Fed’s zero interest rate policy (ZIRP) has punished savers with its low interest rates since 2009. Many retirees who depend on their accumulated savings have grown | Read More »

  • New Year, Big Volatility

    If the first six trading days of 2015 are any harbinger of what’s to come for the entire year, then strap on your seatbelts and get ready for an “A-ticket” rollercoaster ride.

  • The World’s Most Popular ETF

    The S&P 500 is a well known stock market index that follows a changing selection of 500 companies, and SPY is the most common way to tether your investing results to the index.

  • The World’s Most Dangerous Tax

    Thomas Piketty argues that the gap between rich and poor is getting so bad that it will destroy “democratic capitalism.” He recommends sharply higher progressive taxes on both income and wealth.