ETFS

Shutterstock Some investors call them value stocks. If you stick to the methods detailed by Benjamin Graham in his books on analyzing financials, you can still find them. They’re also referred to as “cheap” because the price you pay for a share relative to their earnings is lower than you pay for the stock market
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The stock market moved higher early in the week, as the better-than-expected earnings from Alphabet (GOOGL) helped fuel a 0.48% gain in the S&P 500 on Tuesday. The market was hit by selling pressure late in the week, however, as the plunge in Facebook (FB) added to the investor nervousness ahead of Friday’s GDP report.
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High-yield funds with rate hedges increase risk at worst possible time. (Photo by: MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images) Often, simpler is better in finance and that definitely applies in the case of “hedged” high-yield funds. These funds own high-yield bonds with interest rate hedges. The three that I know of are HYGH (Blackrock) HYZD (WisdomTree) and
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The Pathway to American Energy Independence.   Source: Shutterstock Although an MLP fund selling most of its MLPs might seem implausible, it represents a growing risk for their holders. MLP-dedicated funds are structured as corporations, which means they pay corporate taxes. They’re unique in this regard; few ETF or mutual fund investors stop to check
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A once-reliable indicator of future recessions may be broken. The metric in question is the so-called treasury yield-curve which measures the difference in the cost of the government borrowing for two years and the cost of the government borrowing for 10 years. In the past, when the two-year interest rate on U.S. Treasuries was higher than
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Shutterstock San Francisco-based Bitwise Asset Management has filed a registration statement for a publicly-offered cryptocurrency index ETF with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company said in a statement that the new ETF will track the returns of Bitwise’s market-cap-weighted index of the 10 largest cryptocurrencies, the HOLD 10 Index. It is intended to serve both
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Shutterstock Bitcoin’s wall of worry is quite different than the stock market’s wall of worry. The equity world is concerned with the effects on earnings of interest rates, the price of oil and the latest thinking of the current White House occupant. With the crypto-currencies, all of that is interesting and ultimately relevant, but the
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