Best Stocks To Buy For 2013: ETFs

[ May 8, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 61815 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Uncertainties Create Potentially Attractive Valuations for Stock Pickers Executive Summary Weakness in emerging-market equities has created attractive investment opportunities at the company level. Investor preference for index funds and exchange traded funds in emerging markets has resulted in some pronounced valuation distortionsproviding a lush landscape for active managers. The current negative environment in emerging markets underscores the importance of a going-against-the-herd mentality. As recent valuations in emerging markets have become more attractive, we have been slowly adding select positions to our Brandes International Equity Strategy and Brandes Global Equity Strategy. As true value investors, Brandes oft en moves against the crowd amid markets’ constantly changing performance cycles. Take the recent equity market weakness in a number of emerging market (EM) countries for example. Over the last yea r, while macroeconomic and geopolitical concerns cast a cloud of uncertainty over the asset class in general, we started to see some interesting … Continue reading

[ March 21, 2014 | Author: admin | Views: 94535 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

With the recent government shut-down and debt ceiling limit quickly approaching, the market has once again begun its up and down movements. Adding in slowing growth in key emerging markets like China and debt problems in Europe once again beginning to resurface and its no wonder why volatility has returned with a vengeance. Funds that attempt to track this fear – such as the iPath S&P 500 VIX ST Futures ETN (NYSE:VXX) have spiked in recent weeks, while the broad market indexes have gone down. Given the recent volatility of the market, investors could be getting a little seasick. Luckily, there are a variety of new ways for the average retail investor to “smooth out” their ride over the short term. Minimizing The Roller Coaster Ride The term volatility gets used a lot by financial journalists and bloggers, but many investors don’t really understand the basic concepts behind it. Essentially, … Continue reading

[ December 22, 2011 | Author: admin | Views: 64083 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett wrote an opinion piece for The New York Times on October 16, 2008, saying he was moving all of his personal money into US equities, citing widespread fear following the collapse of Lehman Brothers. Five months later, stocks roared back to life. But, today, the US economy is still limp, and many investors are pouring money into emerging markets and commodities, and pulling away from the S&P 500 and Dow. So now, two years on, an opportunity to buy on fear still exists, and those bets may pay off for investors in 2012, fund managers and analysts say. Put another way — in Buffett’s own words — “bad news is an investor’s best friend.” And there’s certainly no shortage as we approach the New Year. The US is grappling with high unemployment and an elevated rate of foreclosures. Debt crises in Europe have forced bailouts in … Continue reading

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[ December 13, 2011 | Author: admin | Views: 88715 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

One sector of equity securities that gets little attention is the mid-cap group. Mutual fund marketing goes to great lengths to promote large-cap funds and small-cap funds competing for the same attention, and they usually get it. The area between these two tends to be overlooked. ETFs that fill this overlooked space are not as numerous, either. Thus, the ETFs in this space have a competitive advantage by being the pioneers of this forgotten segment. One such pioneer is the Guggenheim Mid-Cap Core ETF (NYSE:CZA). CZA was started on April 2, 2007, and has endured the turbulent market movements of the past few years. The top 10 holdings and weightings are listed below: AmerisourceBergen (NYSE:ABC): 2.44% Sara Lee (NYSE:SLE): 2.38% Conagra Foods (NYSE:CAG): 2.19% Mattel (NASDAQ:MAT): 2.05% Fortune Brands (NYSE:FO): 2.02% Perrigo (NASDAQ:PRGO): 2.01% Liberty Media Corp-Interactive (NASDAQ:LINTA): 1.99% Oneok Partners LP (NYSE:OKS): 1.97% Plains All American Pipeline (NYSE:PAA): 1.94% … Continue reading

[ November 20, 2011 | Author: admin | Views: 35097 | Weather: | Mood: normal]

Gold hovered and silver was moving lower Wednesday morning as Italian bond yields spiked above the key 7% level, sending the U.S. dollar higher, stocks around the world lower and investors piling into the perceived safety of U.S. Treasuries. Pan American Silver (NASDAQ:PAAS) shares were sharply lower, down more than 5%, despite reporting sharply higher revenue and profit for the third quarter. Management also reduced forecast silver and associated lead, zinc and copper production at its mines in Mexico and South America, and reported a foreign exchange loss. Spot gold was about flat at 10:30 a.m., having hit a high of $1,800.80 per ounce and a low of $1,780. Spot gold was bid at $1,783.90 with an ask price of $1,784.90. The London afternoon reference price came in at $1,784 — $11 lower than Tuesday’s fix, according to Kitco market data. Spot silver was down 1.4% and trading at $34.41 … Continue reading

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