Special-Purpose ETFs

Despite the tragic events of the pandemic, many fortunate households have struggled with only one issue: boredom. Working or studying from home, financially stable Americans baked sourdough, flocked to TikTok and hunted down new PlayStations or Xboxes. But people soon tired of Fortnite and Call of Duty. And with their wallets lined with stimulus cash, … Continued

Space Stocks Have Limitless Upside

This year marks the 105th anniversary of Boeing (BA), a company known across the globe for its long history of unparalleled innovation and success. But the aerospace manufacturer’s story was also peppered with gut-wrenching hardship when its technology failed. Through the rallies and falls, Boeing investors have seen it all the last few years, yet … Continued

High-IQ ETFs

The American public has favored mutual funds for decades and by the end of 2019 had placed $21.3 trillion in them, often through 401(k) retirement plans. Luckily for investors, the growth in the mutual fund industry led to more competition, prompting fund managers to refine strategy and lower fees to stay competitive.  But more recently, … Continued

Volatility is Predictable

Twenty-first century financial media strive to gather enough clicks to churn millions of dollars in ad revenue. Those clicks are attained via exciting—or frightening—financial numbers that make for sensational headlines.  Only a microscopic subsection of the general population will click a headline that reads, “German Bund Yields Dropped Another 0.05% Today.” So instead, financial journalists … Continued

Bump Stocks & Biden

On that historic night in November 2016 when Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton for the presidency, traders weren’t glued to news networks but instead to their trading platforms. As news rolled in that Trump had won enough Electoral College votes to clinch the White House, the S&P 500 futures dropped more than 5% in the … Continued

Streaming Goes Mainstream

A ghostly silence prevails in most of the nation’s bars, stadiums, theaters, museums, nightclubs and amusement parks. Americans are staying home in droves, attempting to curb the spread of Covid-19. And to fill the resulting void in their lives, many are turning to their favorite streaming services. Luckily for those sheltering in place, there’s never been … Continued

Getting REITs Right

Investing in real estate can be tough. Getting the timing right and choosing a city—or a sector—on the rise could reap large returns, but watch out if a hurricane flattens that near-beach condo and turns the formerly booming resort town into a has-been hotspot. Owning commercial or residential properties to collect rental income can also … Continued

The Art of Sector Selection

As the world economy struggles through the COVID-19 pandemic, market turbulence may continue for the foreseeable future. But where some see panic and volatility, others find opportunity. Younger, more passive investors know they have plenty of time until retirement and can therefore rest easy while their 401(k) plans buy more shares at lower prices. Meanwhile, … Continued

Healthy ETFs

The risks and rewards that investors face when making investment decisions often can lead to more volatility than expected. This concept applies to the biotechnology sector, where the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s approval can determine a company’s profits and, by extension, its stock price. Investors who bet on the right biotech horse can reap … Continued

Changes at Exchanges

Like many industries, financial exchanges have consolidated in the past few decades. The world-famous New York Stock Exchange is now owned by the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE). The Nasdaq (NDAQ) acquired both the Boston and Philadelphia stock exchanges. The CME Group (CME) absorbed the New York Mercantile Exchange and later merged with the Chicago Board of … Continued