• This Exchange-Traded Fund is All about Revenues

    Over time there is nothing better than investing in companies bringing in big bucks, and that’s precisely what the RevenueShares Large Cap Fund (RWL) has been designed to do.

  • Global Climate Change, ETF Style

    Over the weekend, we got several reports out of China that indicated that the world’s second-largest economy now is backsliding on its targeted growth rate in the 7.5% annual range. Then there’s the continued slowdown in Europe, which has put downward pressure on the region’s economy and on the equity markets of the European Union (EU).

  • The USA is Back on the Global Competitiveness Podium

    Each September, the Davos-based World Economic Forum holds the equivalent of the Olympic Games for global economies.

  • Fed’s Move to End Stimulus Aids Market Stability

    The Federal Reserve Bank’s recent announcement that it is on the verge of ending its unprecedented and controversial monetary stimulus program seemed to reassure investors and let the Dow Jones Industrial Average eke out mild gains each day during the past week.

  • The Growth of Regulation Means Pain for You and American Business

    Sad to say, if you take a longer-term view and look again at the regulatory environment, you’ll find it has been what an investor would call a growth industry, with the number of restrictions in the Code of Federal Regulations growing 28% since 1997 – that’s nearly 2% per year.

  • How Ordinary People Become Millionaires

    This week’s Barron’s tells the story of Stephanie Mucha, who at age 97 recently gave away $3 million to charity. Despite never earning more than $23,000 a year at a Medical Center in Buffalo, New York, she has a net worth of $6 million.

  • Sail Smoothly with This Smart Low-Volatility Fund

    Volatility, the potential for the market or a stock to swerve sharply in value, serves as a deterrent for many prospective investors.

  • A Trip Around the World with Four Key ETFs

    All we need to look at is four key ETFs that will tell us what need to know about what’s going on in the major markets around the globe.

  • The Rise and Fall of Emerging Markets

    Looking back, the decade between 2000 and 2009 marked the glory years for emerging markets.

  • Push Back against Putin’s Preposterous Policies

    World and corporate leaders should look for alternative business partners to minimize the fallout from trade barriers that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin may erect against countries that impose trade sanctions against his nation in response to his sending Russian fighters into neighboring Ukraine.

  • Are You Profiting from Living Longer?

    Pain points are those problems or vexing issues that a company or even a person may have to contend with as part of their business or as part of his or her life.

  • Bruce Lee vs. Ayn Rand Philosophy: Which is Better for Investors?

    “Don’t feel, think!” — Ayn Rand

    “Don’t think, feel!” — Bruce Lee

  • Consider Investing in Dividend Dandies

    A key reason a person might invest in a smart beta fund would be to use the fund’s formula to invest more heavily in quality equities that are underrepresented in a typical market-cap-weighted exchange-traded fund (ETF). One quality indicator in a stock is whether or not it issues a dividend.

  • A Red-Hot August for ETF Inflows

    What can you say about the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) besides the fact that they are just red hot?

  • Can the Alibaba IPO Kick-start the Chinese Stock Market?

    The renewed focus on Chinese Internet stocks — thanks to the upcoming listing of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba — could make Chinese Internet stocks one of the hottest sectors in the coming months.

  • Money Awareness Can Aid Your Retirement

    Money: a simple word that, if you aren’t careful, can cause you a lot of problems. If not you, then maybe for a family member or a close friend.

  • Top Economist Warns of the Welfare State, the Biggest Threat to Prosperity

    The opening Mont Pelerin Society (MPS) address by Allan Meltzer, of Carnegie-Mellon University, warned attendees that the welfare system in America is getting out of control and could result in slow economic growth for years to come.

  • Demystifying ‘Smart Beta’ Funds

    Although “smart beta” funds also follow a passive index like other ETFs, the smart beta funds do so in ways besides the traditional market-cap-weighted approach.

  • Will September Bring Back the Volatility?

    Back to work means back to big trading volume, and I suspect that means we could see a return of volatility.

  • Is a “September Swoon” in the Cards?

    Facing a potential full-scale war in Ukraine and in the midst of another Middle Eastern crisis, market sentiment is still firmly rooted in fear.