Using Etfs Can Help Diversify Your Portfolio in a Helpful Way

  a day ago at Macroaxis 
By Nathan Young

An item that many people hear about but are unsure of are ETF’s, which are exchange traded funds. They work similar to mutual funds in there are underlying assets that back the product, but these are traded on the open market and can be traded like a stock. ETF’s allow investors to gain exposure to certain market sectors they otherwise might have trouble entering... [more]

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Taking a look at the ETF, the first thing you want to do is look at what the fund holds and dissect the top few holdings to gain an understanding of their health. If you want to be extra careful, look at the top 10 holdings. After you’ve looked at the holdings, you can begin looking at the larger picture to better understand where these individual companies are headed, which will have a pull on the ETF. All of these work together in determining the direction of the ETF as a whole.

Now, taking a look at the chart using the monthly time frame, we can see that price is approaching the pre-recession highs. Now, you have to look at the sector as a macro picture and micro. The micro will be achieved when you look at the top holdings of the ETF, but the macro is the economic conditions such as interest rates and the strength of the dollar. Using those can determine where the stock could continue to go, but it is not as straight forward as a normal equity.

Forecasting

  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

A Chinese edible alcohol company priced well below market averages.

China New Borun Corporation (New Borun) (BORN) produces edible alcohol products.  The company also produces crude corn oil and other alcohol by-products.  The com...

 forecast retail   china new consumer beverage manufacturers beer & liquor
  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

REITs are going to be the investment of the future and this company is positioned to do very well.

I have been very bullish on real estate for some time.  Think of all of the money that was printed by the central banks around the world.  That was inflationary and th...

 forecast services   interrent real
  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Ismay be time to get back into MBS companies, especially this company that is discounted to the industry.

Arlington Asset Investment Corp is an investment firm that has a portfolio of Mortgage Backed Securities (MBS).  They have agency and private securities.  They also ho...

 forecast finance   arlington asset trading
  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

A subprime auto lender with strong earnings at a bargain price.

Consumer Portfolio Services is a consumer financial company.  The company purchases contracts from auto dealerships that those dealers financed.  However, th...

 forecast finance   consumer portfolio banking
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Here is a bank that is priced below market averages and is poised to grow with the economy.

HMN Financial is a holding company that own a bank, Home Federal Savings Bank.  The Bank’s operations are in the Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin areas.  ...

 forecast finance   hmn financial banking financial savings and loans
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

An emerging market in a sophisticated economy via an established bank.

Is it safe to invest in Argentina??

After all of the problems in this country the stability that has been seen has evened out.? Now, the country is returning back to mod...

 forecast finance   bbva banco
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Reynolds is the maker of cigarettes and is a great source of cashflow for a portfolio.

Reynolds American Inc. is the old R.J. Reynolds tobacco company.  This company is interesting in many ways.  To begin with you have to first get over any per...

 forecast manufacturing   reynolds american consumer tobacco tobacco products
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Gilead Science may be poised to see its stock price higher for a few reasons.

Gilead Sciences made a $10 billion bet and lost.  They invested heavily into a drug that was denied release by the FDA.  Naturally, the stock was sold off sharply.&nbs...

 forecast drugs   gilead sciences healthcare pharmaceuticals and biosciences pharmaceutical products
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

With the overall market pricetoearnings ratio at 25 is it too late to buy

It is the beginning of the new year and a good time to assess where things are in the financial world. Specifically, I wanted to look at the U.S. equity markets. Since the Novem...

 forecast other   united states primary production steel production and products steel works etc
  over three months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

InterContinental Hotel Group offers a place for your portfolio to stay for a while.

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is a multi-national, British hotel group.  They are an American Depositary that operates over 5,000 different hotels in over 100 co...

 forecast services   intercontinental restaurants hotels motels
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