In light of stocks’ strong performance this past year, there is no lack of exchange-traded funds that posted impressive gains in 2019. In order to identify the best ETFs of 2019, the author of today’s article screened for ETFs that were up at least 50% this year and eliminated leveraged funds. That left just 17 ETFs. For the top five non-leveraged ETFs of 2019 – which span metals, solar, biotech and more – CLICK HERE.
The biotech sector has been weak of late – and as a result now may be the time to get in. Today’s article looks at some of the factors that lie behind the sector’s current performance – including the delay in getting tax reform passed and the “biotech buyout frenzy” that, despite expectations, failed to come to pass this year – and highlights six biotech stocks that may be good candidates for riding a biotech rebound. For more, CLICK HERE.
FANG stocks have been incredibly hot this year – and the exchange-traded fund highlighted in today’s article – which has demonstrated a penchant for strong fourth-quarter performances – could be an even bigger winner than usual as a result. The author notes that this ETF “has been one of the best performing U.S. ETFs during the last three months of the year since it debuted in mid 2006” – with an average fourth-quarter gain of 4.4%. To find out what this ETF is – and why it may be about to have its best showing in years – CLICK HERE.
With their poor long-term risk-reward profile, the author of today’s article declares that “commodities are good for traders, but bad for investors”. However, for investors who still feel the need to invest in commodities, the author highlights several strategies to obtain exposure to the space without investing directly in commodity futures, including investing in companies that mine commodities and using trend-following rules. For more on these various strategies – as well as how they have performed over time – CLICK HERE.
The author of today’s article calls buying this type of stock “the most-decisive factor for getting rich in the stock market” – and a recent study that encompassed almost the entire investible U.S. equity market confirmed the outperformance of this type of stock over time. Moreover, this type of stock outperforms all other types of stocks while offering lower volatility in the process! What is the type of stock in question – and what specific funds does the author recommend in order to profit from its outperformance? CLICK HERE.
With exchange-traded funds (and their low costs) increasingly gaining favor among investors, closed-end funds (CEFs) have largely been relegated to the background – a situation the author of today’s article laments as he notes that, in many cases, CEFs are “a superior source of quality and raw total-return performance” relative to their ETF counterparts. He proceeds to highlight what he sees as three such CEFs – each offering high yields up to 9.6%. To read about these three CEFs – and the case for why they outclass their more popular ETF counterparts – CLICK HERE.
It turns out that clever and memorable stock tickers (e.g. LUV for Southwest Airlines; ZZ for mattress company Sealy) are more than just clever and memorable stock tickers – they also help boost the performance of the stocks they signify. Today’s article cites a study from the Journal of Financial Markets which found that “stocks benefit from the ‘likability’ and ‘pronounceability’ of their ticker symbols.” The author examines whether the same holds true for ETFs (for which catchy tickers are common practice) and provides some evidence that ETFs with catchy tickers (e.g. HACK for a cyber security ETF) attract more assets. To read more about these findings – including what the takeaways should be for investors – CLICK HERE.
“The idea is not to worry so much about current dividend yields, but to try to find good stocks to buy, based on dividend growth potential.” This is the underlying principle of the Franklin Rising Dividends Fund, which is the subject of today’s article. The Franklin Rising Dividends Fund screens for companies that have a long history of big dividend increases, with its average holding having 26 consecutive years of increases. To read more about this fund – including its specific screening process, its top 10 holdings and its performance relative to the S&P 500 – CLICK HERE.