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]

 fundamentals other   select sector spdr state street global advisors financial

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.

Valuation

  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

A bank that is well undervalued with strong earnings.

Commonwealth Bank of Australia provides retail banking and financial services to personal, business and institutional clients.  The company has a market capitalization of $...

 valuation finance   commonwealth bank
  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

A company that buys pharmaceutical patents and then leases them out.

PDL BioPharma is an interesting company.  They really do not make anything.  Instead, the finance patents within the pharma industry, providing financial monetization ...

 valuation manufacturing   pdl biopharma pharmaceutical products
  over a month ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Here is a very established company with a stock that has lagged the latest move.

Acco Brands makes office, school and calendar products, as their main focus, selling their products through commercial resellers and direct to consumers.  The company, ACCO...

 valuation manufacturing   acco brands printing and publishing
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Asset prices like real estate are going to move much higher, and this company is already doing that.

Clark Inc. is a Canadian holding company that acquires, holds and manages various other companies.  Clark focuses on buying energy and real estate endeavors.  Mostly, ...

 valuation other   lehman abs
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Work hard, play hard and this company is well positioned to take advantage of that

Drive Shack is a holding company that deals with purchasing and managing golf courses.  It was just recently that this company switched its focus to the leisure activity of...

 valuation other   drive shack
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

ACNB is a great regional bank in the southwest with a lot of upside potential

ACNB is a small, regional bank primarily in the Southwestern region of the United States.  They are a traditional bank offering depositing and lending services as well as f...

 valuation finance   acnb corp banking financial regional - southwest banks
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

AFLAC has a lot of potential with a stock that is trading well below average price levels for the industry.

AFLAC.  You have seen their commercials on television many times.  They are the commercials with the white duck doing yoga, or doing some other kind of thing...

 valuation finance   aflac incorporated services insurance - life and health insurance
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Dillards is a stronghold of opportunity in the retailing business.

You can tell a lot about a car just by looking under the hood.  Well, that may have been the case long before the modern cars of today when you consider how the engine appe...

 valuation retail   dillards consumer diversified wholesale and retail
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Alaska Airlines has merged with Virgin Airlines and is ready to take off.

Alaskan Airlines (ALK) has recently merged operations wth Virgin Air.  You can now schedule your flight with either of these airlines via their respective websites.  T...

 valuation other   alaska air transport airlines shipping containers
  over two months ago at Macroaxis 
By David Taylor

Citibank has been left behind from the rest of the market but is now ready to be bought.

Citibank has seen its fair share of problems over the past few years.  In fact, its stock was trading at a record low of just about $.74 per share.  As it is, had you ...

 valuation finance   cit services banking
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