• Buyback Fund Shows Gains

    The third-best-performing exchange-traded fund (ETF) in the international equity category during the first half of 2015 has a different focus than its counterparts. That fund is PowerShares International BuyBack Achievers Portfolio (IPKW), which invests in international companies that have cut | Read More »

  • Searching Abroad for Brighter Opportunities

    This week’s ETF Talk concerns the second-best-performing ETF in the international equity fund category during the first half of 2015.

  • New Rule for ETF Investors: Stop Using Stops

    The recent price action in many ETFs during a period of extreme market stress has prompted very real concerns for investors.

  • Selective Dividend-Focused ETF

    This ETF Talk rounds out the category of the top-performing domestic dividend-paying exchange-traded funds (ETFs) for the first half of 2015 with Cambria Shareholder Yield ETF (SYLD). View the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of SYLD at | Read More »

  • It’s More Like 2011 than 2014

    The latest bout of selling in equity markets has been compared to the big drop below the 200-day moving average that occurred in October 2014. While the 2014 breakdown was similar to what’s happened this year in terms of its | Read More »

  • Trusted Covered-Call Income Producer

    Even in market areas that are underperforming, there always are some stocks and funds that hold up better than the rest, demonstrating remarkable relative strength.

  • Bad Things Happen Under the 200-Day Average

    To describe this wild week as anything but the epitome of craziness would be the height of understatement.

  • U.S. Small-Cap Fund Outperforms Dividend-Paying Peers

    This article will focus on the top-performing U.S. domestic dividend equity fund for the first half of 2015.

  • The Three Bears Have Arrived

    There’s no Goldilocks in the markets right now. There are only the three bears — and those bears are growling with ferocity.

  • Protection from a Stronger U.S. Dollar

    IHDG seeks to provide exposure to developed market companies outside the United States or Canada while also limiting fluctuations between the value of the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies.

  • The Truth about Currency Manipulators

    The big news rocking global markets early this week was China and its surprise move to devalue its currency not once, but twice in two days.

  • Small-Cap Dominance with International Dividends

    This fund was the second-strongest performer in the International Dividend category for the first half of this year.

  • Caution in the Hot Zone

    The high temperatures surrounding me lately reminded me of the heat in the markets this time of year, which is something I call the “hot zone.”

  • Top International Dividend ETF is Worth Considering

    A dividend payment not only puts cash in investors’ hands, but it also is a sign of strength if a company can afford to distribute cash to its shareholders.

  • The Caution of Commodities

    One of the most startling charts I’ve seen in a long time is the DB Commodities Tracking Index Fund (DBC).

  • Mix-And-Match Sector Fund Boosts Performance

    We round out our review of the top three best-performing U.S. equity exchange-traded funds (ETFs) of 2015’s first half with the bronze medalist.

  • A Weak Week in Equities

    Stocks faltered this week, a far cry from where stocks stood seven days ago, when the S&P 500 enjoyed a 2.4% surge.

  • Small-Cap Fund Shows Big Results

    This fund tracks a subset of the S&P SmallCap 600 index. It chooses its holdings based on sales growth, earnings increases and, like the most successful fund of the half, momentum.

  • Right Back to Y2K Highs

    If I didn’t know better, I would think that we were right back to Y2K in the NASDAQ.

  • Momentum Fund Speeds into First Place

    Just because the U.S. market isn’t offering easy money doesn’t mean it isn’t possible for individual investors to win with the right picks.