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The investment seeks to track the investment results of the MSCI ACWI ex USA Index composed of large- and mid-capitalization non-U.S. equities. The fund generally will invest at least 90% of its assets in the component securities of the underlying index and in investments that have economic characteristics that are substantially identical to the component securities of the underlying index. The index is a free float-adjusted market capitalization-weighted index designed to measure the combined equity market performance of developed and emerging markets countries, excluding the United States.

Market Cap: 3.48 Billion

Primary Exchange: NASDAQ Global Market

Website: http://www.ishares.com

Shares Outstanding: 65.4 Million

Float: 65.4 Million

Dividend: 1.1987 (2.25%)

Beta: 0.96252

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Short Interest (Jan 15, 2013): 145 Thousand

Ethical Flags

Longest drawdown: 836 trading days

From: 2014-06-19 To: 2017-10-12

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Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Regrouping After Charging Past SPX 2900

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-06-12 21:44:11:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:57 AM EST Spot VIX is trading at the center of its one-week range (approximately 15.25-17.00), while stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ) try to sort out messages from the economy and progress on trade. Thoughts on Volatility A lot of assumptions go int… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: May

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-06-05 04:09:28:000

And there we have it, folks, the reversal we've all been waiting for. After 4 straight months of positive returns, every class aside from Bonds and Cash took some big hits. Managed futures came in in the middle of the pack seeing a -2.33%, and Commodities are down almost 9% (no surprise there,… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: May

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-06-05 04:09:28:000

And there we have it, folks, the reversal we've all been waiting for. After 4 straight months of positive returns, every class aside from Bonds and Cash took some big hits. Managed futures came in in the middle of the pack seeing a -2.33%, and Commodities are down almost 9% (no surprise there,… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: May

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-06-05 04:09:28:000

And there we have it, folks, the reversal we've all been waiting for. After 4 straight months of positive returns, every class aside from Bonds and Cash took some big hits. Managed futures came in in the middle of the pack seeing a -2.33%, and Commodities are down almost 9% (no surprise there,… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - May 2019: Watch For Bubbles

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-06-04 10:16:20:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 2 weeks ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Shake Off Monday's Concerns

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-14 10:05:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:23PM EST Both domestic ( SPY ) and international stocks ( ACWX ) are putting on a strong recovery in Tuesday trade. Small cap stocks ( IWM ) have surprisingly had a rough go over things over the last several sessions, even though exposure to Chinese trade is argua… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Shake Off Monday's Concerns

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-14 10:05:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:23PM EST Both domestic ( SPY ) and international stocks ( ACWX ) are putting on a strong recovery in Tuesday trade. Small cap stocks ( IWM ) have surprisingly had a rough go over things over the last several sessions, even though exposure to Chinese trade is argua… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Shake Off Monday's Concerns

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-14 10:05:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:23PM EST Both domestic ( SPY ) and international stocks ( ACWX ) are putting on a strong recovery in Tuesday trade. Small cap stocks ( IWM ) have surprisingly had a rough go over things over the last several sessions, even though exposure to Chinese trade is argua… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - April 2019: Treading Water

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-07 08:16:50:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end … read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - April 2019: Treading Water

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-07 08:16:50:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end … read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - April 2019: Treading Water

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-07 08:16:50:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end … read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-03 12:36:26:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end f… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-03 12:36:26:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end f… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-03 12:36:26:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end f… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-03 12:36:26:000

This article was first released to CEF/ETF Income Laboratory subscribers 1 month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end f… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: April 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-05-01 23:19:29:000

What do you get for 4 straight months of positive performance and an annualized rate of return of nearly 15%? Nearly run out of town, it turns out, with the hedge funds are underperforming drums getting louder and louder of late as traditional stock and real estate investments soar (50% annual… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-09 09:58:41:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-09 09:58:41:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - March 2019: Fixed Income CEFs Strike Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-09 09:58:41:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-02 02:20:23:000

Bounce. Bounce. 2019 continued to be the year of the bounce - with everyone now in on the act once managed futures finally decided to get in the game with its largest gains since January of 2018. Add it all up and you have everyone solidly in the black in what has become quite the Q1 turnaroun… read more...

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-02 02:20:23:000

Bounce. Bounce. 2019 continued to be the year of the bounce - with everyone now in on the act once managed futures finally decided to get in the game with its largest gains since January of 2018. Add it all up and you have everyone solidly in the black in what has become quite the Q1 turnaroun… read more...

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-04-02 02:20:23:000

Bounce. Bounce. 2019 continued to be the year of the bounce - with everyone now in on the act once managed futures finally decided to get in the game with its largest gains since January of 2018. Add it all up and you have everyone solidly in the black in what has become quite the Q1 turnaroun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Rebound, But VIX Remains Cautious

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-26 09:20:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:38PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) bumped higher at the inception of Tuesday's afternoon session, more or less following the flow of international equities over the past day ( ACWX ). The 10-Yr US Treasury yield ( IEF , AGG ) is 2.43%, and the VIX … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Rebound, But VIX Remains Cautious

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-26 09:20:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:38PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) bumped higher at the inception of Tuesday's afternoon session, more or less following the flow of international equities over the past day ( ACWX ). The 10-Yr US Treasury yield ( IEF , AGG ) is 2.43%, and the VIX … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Rebound, But VIX Remains Cautious

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-26 09:20:35:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:38PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) bumped higher at the inception of Tuesday's afternoon session, more or less following the flow of international equities over the past day ( ACWX ). The 10-Yr US Treasury yield ( IEF , AGG ) is 2.43%, and the VIX … read more...

Green Shoots In Global Equities

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-18 14:30:02:000

One of my favorite analytical techniques for generating insights on global markets is studying market breadth , and those who know me know I like to take a bit of an alternative angle, and today's chart is no exception. What makes today's chart so interesting is that (in contrast to most of… read more...

Green Shoots In Global Equities

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-18 14:30:02:000

One of my favorite analytical techniques for generating insights on global markets is studying market breadth , and those who know me know I like to take a bit of an alternative angle, and today's chart is no exception. What makes today's chart so interesting is that (in contrast to most of… read more...

Green Shoots In Global Equities

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-18 14:30:02:000

One of my favorite analytical techniques for generating insights on global markets is studying market breadth , and those who know me know I like to take a bit of an alternative angle, and today's chart is no exception. What makes today's chart so interesting is that (in contrast to most of… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - February 2019: 'One Of The Best Results, Time Frame I Have Experienced'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-08 05:15:57:000

Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConne… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - February 2019: 'One Of The Best Results, Time Frame I Have Experienced'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-08 05:15:57:000

Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConne… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - February 2019: 'One Of The Best Results, Time Frame I Have Experienced'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-08 05:15:57:000

Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConne… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - February 2019: 'One Of The Best Results, Time Frame I Have Experienced'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-08 05:15:57:000

Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConne… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - February 2019: 'One Of The Best Results, Time Frame I Have Experienced'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-08 05:15:57:000

Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConne… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-04 23:53:24:000

We're trying not to be too optimistic here, but we're feeling pretty good about how Feb ended up. The dead cat bounce that was January has turned into the mirror image of 2018 - with all asset classes now sitting positive on the year after all finished in the red in 2018. Compared to the cra… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-04 23:53:24:000

We're trying not to be too optimistic here, but we're feeling pretty good about how Feb ended up. The dead cat bounce that was January has turned into the mirror image of 2018 - with all asset classes now sitting positive on the year after all finished in the red in 2018. Compared to the cra… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: February 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-03-04 23:53:24:000

We're trying not to be too optimistic here, but we're feeling pretty good about how Feb ended up. The dead cat bounce that was January has turned into the mirror image of 2018 - with all asset classes now sitting positive on the year after all finished in the red in 2018. Compared to the cra… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: All's Well That Ends Well

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-12 23:06:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:49PM EST The Dow ( DIA ) is leading the charge on a meaningfully positive day for US stocks ( SPY , QQQ , IWM ). Hopes of a deal to quell another government shutdown is a likely cause of the rally. With the exception of the real estate sector ( XLRE ), all sect… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: All's Well That Ends Well

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-12 23:06:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:49PM EST The Dow ( DIA ) is leading the charge on a meaningfully positive day for US stocks ( SPY , QQQ , IWM ). Hopes of a deal to quell another government shutdown is a likely cause of the rally. With the exception of the real estate sector ( XLRE ), all sect… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: All's Well That Ends Well

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-12 23:06:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:49PM EST The Dow ( DIA ) is leading the charge on a meaningfully positive day for US stocks ( SPY , QQQ , IWM ). Hopes of a deal to quell another government shutdown is a likely cause of the rally. With the exception of the real estate sector ( XLRE ), all sect… read more...

Agricultural Commodities Post WASDE

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-12 07:00:00:000

On Friday, February 8, the USDA released its first World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report for 2019. The January report was a casualty of the government shutdown. The agricultural markets greeted the report that outlines the latest supply and demand fundamentals with little mor… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: January 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-10 04:47:55:000

Wow! That was a bounce. In the words of Mr. Castanza "I'm back baby!". Or if you want something a bit more modern."Chewie we're home!". Either way, investors rushed to remember what a positive month looks like after basically every asset class was down in 2018, with sto… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: January 2019

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-10 04:47:55:000

Wow! That was a bounce. In the words of Mr. Castanza "I'm back baby!". Or if you want something a bit more modern."Chewie we're home!". Either way, investors rushed to remember what a positive month looks like after basically every asset class was down in 2018, with sto… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: One-Year Anniversary Of The Volpocalypse

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 11:48:08:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:37AM EST Spot VIX falls to a low 15-handle, even as the President's State of the Union address this evening promises " epic political drama ". Regardless of what political media is asserting, markets appear rather unconcerned and ready to move ahead with a market-… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: One-Year Anniversary Of The Volpocalypse

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 11:48:08:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:37AM EST Spot VIX falls to a low 15-handle, even as the President's State of the Union address this evening promises " epic political drama ". Regardless of what political media is asserting, markets appear rather unconcerned and ready to move ahead with a market-… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: One-Year Anniversary Of The Volpocalypse

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 11:48:08:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:37AM EST Spot VIX falls to a low 15-handle, even as the President's State of the Union address this evening promises " epic political drama ". Regardless of what political media is asserting, markets appear rather unconcerned and ready to move ahead with a market-… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - January 2019: 'I Have Seen The End Of The World Come And Go Many Times. But I Am Still Here.'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 08:42:36:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - January 2019: 'I Have Seen The End Of The World Come And Go Many Times. But I Am Still Here.'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 08:42:36:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - January 2019: 'I Have Seen The End Of The World Come And Go Many Times. But I Am Still Here.'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-02-05 08:42:36:000

This article was first released to subscribers 1 month ago. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds [CEFs] for further due diligence and investigation. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the ke… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Little Drops Are Healthy

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-22 09:29:07:000

Market Intro Bloomberg CNBC: Tuesday, 8:23AM EST Spot VIX prints 18.61 about an hour before the open. Global stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are down for today, but the spill is quite contained at present. US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) do appear primed to track lower alongsi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Little Drops Are Healthy

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-22 09:29:07:000

Market Intro Bloomberg CNBC: Tuesday, 8:23AM EST Spot VIX prints 18.61 about an hour before the open. Global stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are down for today, but the spill is quite contained at present. US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) do appear primed to track lower alongsi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Little Drops Are Healthy

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-22 09:29:07:000

Market Intro Bloomberg CNBC: Tuesday, 8:23AM EST Spot VIX prints 18.61 about an hour before the open. Global stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are down for today, but the spill is quite contained at present. US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) do appear primed to track lower alongsi… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - December 2018: A Partial Recovery

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-07 08:59:46:000

This article was first released to members 1 month ago. A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConnect . All yields are quoted as the yield on price . All z-scores refer to the 1-year z-score , which I consider to be the most useful time duration for profiting from premium/discou… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - December 2018: A Partial Recovery

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-07 08:59:46:000

This article was first released to members 1 month ago. A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConnect . All yields are quoted as the yield on price . All z-scores refer to the 1-year z-score , which I consider to be the most useful time duration for profiting from premium/discou… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - December 2018: A Partial Recovery

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-07 08:59:46:000

This article was first released to members 1 month ago. A database of CEFs was obtained from CEFConnect . All yields are quoted as the yield on price . All z-scores refer to the 1-year z-score , which I consider to be the most useful time duration for profiting from premium/discou… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: An Ugly 2018

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-04 06:13:48:000

Well, that was ugly. 2018 is in the books, and looking at the asset class scoreboard for the full year is like looking at who won in a race to zero. What was down? Take your pick! Stocks, yep. World Stocks (worse). Commodities (worse yet). Real Estate (down). The diversifiers Hedge Fun… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: An Ugly 2018

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-04 06:13:48:000

Well, that was ugly. 2018 is in the books, and looking at the asset class scoreboard for the full year is like looking at who won in a race to zero. What was down? Take your pick! Stocks, yep. World Stocks (worse). Commodities (worse yet). Real Estate (down). The diversifiers Hedge Fun… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: An Ugly 2018

via: SeekingAlpha at 2019-01-04 06:13:48:000

Well, that was ugly. 2018 is in the books, and looking at the asset class scoreboard for the full year is like looking at who won in a race to zero. What was down? Take your pick! Stocks, yep. World Stocks (worse). Commodities (worse yet). Real Estate (down). The diversifiers Hedge Fun… read more...

Bear Market Bound: A Market Idyl

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-21 10:40:51:000

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from… read more...

Bear Market Bound: A Market Idyl

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-21 10:40:51:000

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from… read more...

Bear Market Bound: A Market Idyl

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-21 10:40:51:000

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from… read more...

Bear Market Bound: A Market Idyl

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-21 10:40:51:000

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from… read more...

Bear Market Bound: A Market Idyl

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-21 10:40:51:000

The sun that brief December day Rose cheerless over hills of gray, And, darkly circled, gave at noon A sadder light than waning moon. Slow tracing down the thickening sky Its mute and ominous prophecy, A portent seeming less than threat, It sank from… read more...

The Global Economy Moderation And International Equity Markets

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-19 01:53:13:000

By Bill Witherell, Ph.D. As 2018 draws to a close, economic growth in almost all economies, including that of the US, is moderating but is still expansionary and in most cases remains above long-term trends. For the year 2018 as a whole, global growth looks likely to be the same as for 201… read more...

The Global Economy Moderation And International Equity Markets

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-19 01:53:13:000

By Bill Witherell, Ph.D. As 2018 draws to a close, economic growth in almost all economies, including that of the US, is moderating but is still expansionary and in most cases remains above long-term trends. For the year 2018 as a whole, global growth looks likely to be the same as for 201… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Close Flat Thursday, Jolt Lower Into Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-14 10:43:38:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close for Asian markets Large cap US indices ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) whipped around a decent amount on Thursday, but ultimately closed pretty close to unch. The same cannot be said for the Russell 2k ( IWM ), which shed 1.5% of its value. SectorSPDR S&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Close Flat Thursday, Jolt Lower Into Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-14 10:43:38:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close for Asian markets Large cap US indices ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) whipped around a decent amount on Thursday, but ultimately closed pretty close to unch. The same cannot be said for the Russell 2k ( IWM ), which shed 1.5% of its value. SectorSPDR S&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Close Flat Thursday, Jolt Lower Into Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-14 10:43:38:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close for Asian markets Large cap US indices ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) whipped around a decent amount on Thursday, but ultimately closed pretty close to unch. The same cannot be said for the Russell 2k ( IWM ), which shed 1.5% of its value. SectorSPDR S&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Close Flat Thursday, Jolt Lower Into Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-14 10:43:38:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close for Asian markets Large cap US indices ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) whipped around a decent amount on Thursday, but ultimately closed pretty close to unch. The same cannot be said for the Russell 2k ( IWM ), which shed 1.5% of its value. SectorSPDR S&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Close Flat Thursday, Jolt Lower Into Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-14 10:43:38:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close for Asian markets Large cap US indices ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) whipped around a decent amount on Thursday, but ultimately closed pretty close to unch. The same cannot be said for the Russell 2k ( IWM ), which shed 1.5% of its value. SectorSPDR S&… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: November

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-11 06:28:25:000

How did it get to be December 10th already? We feel like we were just having turkey and pumpkin pie last week, but looks like we're already a week into the last month of the year. Which brings us to a delayed release of last month's asset class scoreboard, where it was a reversal of fortunes f… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: November

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-11 06:28:25:000

How did it get to be December 10th already? We feel like we were just having turkey and pumpkin pie last week, but looks like we're already a week into the last month of the year. Which brings us to a delayed release of last month's asset class scoreboard, where it was a reversal of fortunes f… read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - November 2018: Discounts Blow Out As The Stock Market Corrects

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-05 14:11:24:000

Author's note: All data is as of November 2, 2018, so numbers may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds ((CEFs)) for further … read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - November 2018: Discounts Blow Out As The Stock Market Corrects

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-05 14:11:24:000

Author's note: All data is as of November 2, 2018, so numbers may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds ((CEFs)) for further … read more...

The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report - November 2018: Discounts Blow Out As The Stock Market Corrects

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-05 14:11:24:000

Author's note: All data is as of November 2, 2018, so numbers may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. Quantitative screens help to rapidly narrow down attractive candidates from the database of 500-plus closed-end funds ((CEFs)) for further … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities In A Tizzy As Trade Truce Fades

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-12-04 14:33:52:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:53 PM EST So much for the pop on the Kum-Ba-Yah cooperation move between China and the US. As it turns out, investors can see further out than ninety days (the length of the suspension in tariffs). Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are down a good bit in Tues… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Have A Target On Their Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-20 15:51:18:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 2:03PM EST Investors had a heaping helping of another large-magnitude down day in US (and global) stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). On this occasion, a relatively small player - Target ( TGT ) - is "credited" with causing the bleed to continue. And… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Have A Target On Their Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-20 15:51:18:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 2:03PM EST Investors had a heaping helping of another large-magnitude down day in US (and global) stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). On this occasion, a relatively small player - Target ( TGT ) - is "credited" with causing the bleed to continue. And… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Have A Target On Their Back

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-20 15:51:18:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 2:03PM EST Investors had a heaping helping of another large-magnitude down day in US (and global) stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). On this occasion, a relatively small player - Target ( TGT ) - is "credited" with causing the bleed to continue. And… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Not So Sleepy Thanksgiving Week

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-19 12:52:35:000

Market Intro CNBC - 11:26AM EST Despite the green prints for much of the rest of the world, the MSCI ex-US ETF ( ACWX ) is trading about 70 basis points lower in today's session after tech ( XLK ) leads US stocks lower ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ). CNBC.com Spot VIX prints arou… read more...

VEU: This ETF Lowers Investor Risk And Volatility Through International Diversification

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 13:54:42:000

Investment Thesis The Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF ( VEU ) is the perfect investment choice for investors looking for international diversification. It's a low-cost, well-diversified, ETF with broad exposure to international markets, with investments in 2,767 stocks in 46 countries. VEU… read more...

VEU: This ETF Lowers Investor Risk And Volatility Through International Diversification

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 13:54:42:000

Investment Thesis The Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF ( VEU ) is the perfect investment choice for investors looking for international diversification. It's a low-cost, well-diversified, ETF with broad exposure to international markets, with investments in 2,767 stocks in 46 countries. VEU… read more...

VEU: This ETF Lowers Investor Risk And Volatility Through International Diversification

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 13:54:42:000

Investment Thesis The Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF ( VEU ) is the perfect investment choice for investors looking for international diversification. It's a low-cost, well-diversified, ETF with broad exposure to international markets, with investments in 2,767 stocks in 46 countries. VEU… read more...

VEU: This ETF Lowers Investor Risk And Volatility Through International Diversification

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 13:54:42:000

Investment Thesis The Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF ( VEU ) is the perfect investment choice for investors looking for international diversification. It's a low-cost, well-diversified, ETF with broad exposure to international markets, with investments in 2,767 stocks in 46 countries. VEU… read more...

VEU: This ETF Lowers Investor Risk And Volatility Through International Diversification

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 13:54:42:000

Investment Thesis The Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF ( VEU ) is the perfect investment choice for investors looking for international diversification. It's a low-cost, well-diversified, ETF with broad exposure to international markets, with investments in 2,767 stocks in 46 countries. VEU… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Takes The SPX Fall In Stride

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 12:44:34:000

Market Intro US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) felt the sting of loss in the Friday morning session, likely in relation to the hot PPI release. That said, US Treasury yields are down across the board. Spot VIX is up a little over a vol point as of about 11:15 AM. CNBC: 11:15 AM E… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Takes The SPX Fall In Stride

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 12:44:34:000

Market Intro US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) felt the sting of loss in the Friday morning session, likely in relation to the hot PPI release. That said, US Treasury yields are down across the board. Spot VIX is up a little over a vol point as of about 11:15 AM. CNBC: 11:15 AM E… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Takes The SPX Fall In Stride

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 12:44:34:000

Market Intro US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) felt the sting of loss in the Friday morning session, likely in relation to the hot PPI release. That said, US Treasury yields are down across the board. Spot VIX is up a little over a vol point as of about 11:15 AM. CNBC: 11:15 AM E… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Takes The SPX Fall In Stride

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 12:44:34:000

Market Intro US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) felt the sting of loss in the Friday morning session, likely in relation to the hot PPI release. That said, US Treasury yields are down across the board. Spot VIX is up a little over a vol point as of about 11:15 AM. CNBC: 11:15 AM E… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Takes The SPX Fall In Stride

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-09 12:44:34:000

Market Intro US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) felt the sting of loss in the Friday morning session, likely in relation to the hot PPI release. That said, US Treasury yields are down across the board. Spot VIX is up a little over a vol point as of about 11:15 AM. CNBC: 11:15 AM E… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - October 2018: Fixed Income CEFs Under Renewed Pressure As LIBOR Rises

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 13:08:44:000

Please note : This article was first released to members of CEF/ETF Income Laboratory one month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), descr… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - October 2018: Fixed Income CEFs Under Renewed Pressure As LIBOR Rises

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 13:08:44:000

Please note : This article was first released to members of CEF/ETF Income Laboratory one month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), descr… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - October 2018: Fixed Income CEFs Under Renewed Pressure As LIBOR Rises

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 13:08:44:000

Please note : This article was first released to members of CEF/ETF Income Laboratory one month ago, so data may be out of date. Please check latest data before making investment decisions. For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), descr… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: Red October

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 05:54:25:000

Even if one of our favorite books/movies is the Hunt for Red October, it was a little disconcerting to see a sea of red on the asset class scoreboard in October, with nowhere to hide among traditional stocks and bonds or alternatives like Managed Futures, Hedge Funds, and Commodities. No qua… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: Red October

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 05:54:25:000

Even if one of our favorite books/movies is the Hunt for Red October, it was a little disconcerting to see a sea of red on the asset class scoreboard in October, with nowhere to hide among traditional stocks and bonds or alternatives like Managed Futures, Hedge Funds, and Commodities. No qua… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard: Red October

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-06 05:54:25:000

Even if one of our favorite books/movies is the Hunt for Red October, it was a little disconcerting to see a sea of red on the asset class scoreboard in October, with nowhere to hide among traditional stocks and bonds or alternatives like Managed Futures, Hedge Funds, and Commodities. No qua… read more...

Anatomy Of Market Correction

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-11-05 11:33:46:000

October was a bad month for the market as stocks sold off sharply worldwide. The drop in the S&P 500 ( SPY ) reached -9.8% from peak to trough almost correction territory (defined as -10%) and at its low point erased all of this years gain before rebounding by 3.5… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Can Stocks Reclaim Their Highs?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-30 14:23:00:000

Market Intro Asian Markets, Tuesday Close Asian markets ( EWJ , FXI , EWY ) did not follow the tone of the intraday drubbing that US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) took in the tumultuous Monday session. European equities ( EWG , EWQ , VGK ) were down modestly, but also failed … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Can Stocks Reclaim Their Highs?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-30 14:23:00:000

Market Intro Asian Markets, Tuesday Close Asian markets ( EWJ , FXI , EWY ) did not follow the tone of the intraday drubbing that US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) took in the tumultuous Monday session. European equities ( EWG , EWQ , VGK ) were down modestly, but also failed … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Can Stocks Reclaim Their Highs?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-30 14:23:00:000

Market Intro Asian Markets, Tuesday Close Asian markets ( EWJ , FXI , EWY ) did not follow the tone of the intraday drubbing that US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) took in the tumultuous Monday session. European equities ( EWG , EWQ , VGK ) were down modestly, but also failed … read more...

Is The Vanguard Value Index Sufficiently Diversified To Handle Large Drawdowns In Any One Component?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-29 12:58:01:000

In my last posting on the Vanguard Value Fund ( VTV ), I argued that an outsized allocation to value may be a safer way to try and buy the dip (assuming you are inclined to add risk here: more on that in the next segment). I would now like to dig into the ETF some to get a better idea as t… read more...

(Bank Of) America: Don't Let Me Down, Again

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-29 11:28:40:000

Don't Let Me Down - Take I The original "Don't Let Me Down" belongs to the legendary Beatles: Although the song is not about one's beloved stock (…), it certainly can be interpreted that way nowadays, especially if you are (for example) long Advanced Micro Devices ( AMD ). ... read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: But Will The Rebound Stick?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-29 11:25:22:000

Market Intro Monday, 11:02 EST US markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) have joined with foreign indexes ( VGK , EFA , ACWX ) in rebounding higher on Monday. Spot VIX is down to about 22.5 in Monday morning trade. Investors seem to have warmed to the news that Angela Merkel will no… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin:  Take Your Pick

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 17:35:53:000

Market Intro CNBC: 3:27 PM EST Risk taking in assets such as US equity ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) has not proven to be a good wager this October. In the grand scheme of things, the drawdown is still fairly mild, about 9% off the highs put in last month. Earnings reports ( BA ) h… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin:  Take Your Pick

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 17:35:53:000

Market Intro CNBC: 3:27 PM EST Risk taking in assets such as US equity ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) has not proven to be a good wager this October. In the grand scheme of things, the drawdown is still fairly mild, about 9% off the highs put in last month. Earnings reports ( BA ) h… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin:  Take Your Pick

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 17:35:53:000

Market Intro CNBC: 3:27 PM EST Risk taking in assets such as US equity ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) has not proven to be a good wager this October. In the grand scheme of things, the drawdown is still fairly mild, about 9% off the highs put in last month. Earnings reports ( BA ) h… read more...

Chart Of The Week: Death Watch

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 00:39:46:000

One relatively obscure technical chart pattern, known ominously as the "death cross", has caught my attention recently. The reason is, if you look across the 70 countries we monitor, almost 80% of markets have seen this omen light up. So, what does it mean for global equities? This week's ch… read more...

Chart Of The Week: Death Watch

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 00:39:46:000

One relatively obscure technical chart pattern, known ominously as the "death cross", has caught my attention recently. The reason is, if you look across the 70 countries we monitor, almost 80% of markets have seen this omen light up. So, what does it mean for global equities? This week's ch… read more...

Chart Of The Week: Death Watch

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-24 00:39:46:000

One relatively obscure technical chart pattern, known ominously as the "death cross", has caught my attention recently. The reason is, if you look across the 70 countries we monitor, almost 80% of markets have seen this omen light up. So, what does it mean for global equities? This week's ch… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Why Are Things Happening?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-23 12:18:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:20 AM EST The breaking headline above strikes me as lacking credibility. Nobody, including myself, had time to interview the millions of investors who decided to trade stocks this morning. But we can surmise as to the reasons US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM… read more...

Sticking To The Short End (For Now)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-23 02:11:31:000

Key points We maintain our preference for short-term bonds even after the rise in long-term yields. Global equity markets stabilized after last week's selloff. The Italy versus Germany government bond yield spread hit the widest in over five years. This week marks the peak of third-qua… read more...

Run Away From Global Markets

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-22 15:06:12:000

Global stocks took a dive this year. While the U.S. market ( SPY , IVV , VOO ) is doing Ok, up 5% year-to-date as of October 22, global equities ( VEA , EFA ) dropped, global ex-U.S. ( ACWX ) plunged 9% this year, and emerging markets ( EEM , VWO , IEMG ) crashed 15%. The reason for thi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Stocks Whiff On Their Get-Out-Of-Jail-Free Card

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-22 11:13:04:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:05 AM EST Chinese stocks, buoyed by market intervention from officials, shot higher by a full four percent to open the week. The original tone created a turnaround in futures for the S&P 500, but in the early part of trade that rally has been sold in a big w… read more...

Markets Are Trading In Extreme Oversold Territory

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-15 23:23:26:000

Down It Goes Global stocks ( VTI , VEA , EFA ) have lost no less than $4.2 trillion during the past weeks market rout that has been triggered by a few developments: Recent rise in bond yields - US Treasuries ( SHV , SHY , IEF , TLT ), investment-grade ("IG") ( LQD , AGG , … read more...

Markets Are Trading In Extreme Oversold Territory

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-15 23:23:26:000

Down It Goes Global stocks ( VTI , VEA , EFA ) have lost no less than $4.2 trillion during the past weeks market rout that has been triggered by a few developments: Recent rise in bond yields - US Treasuries ( SHV , SHY , IEF , TLT ), investment-grade ("IG") ( LQD , AGG , … read more...

Markets Are Trading In Extreme Oversold Territory

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-15 23:23:26:000

Down It Goes Global stocks ( VTI , VEA , EFA ) have lost no less than $4.2 trillion during the past weeks market rout that has been triggered by a few developments: Recent rise in bond yields - US Treasuries ( SHV , SHY , IEF , TLT ), investment-grade ("IG") ( LQD , AGG , … read more...

U.S. Vs. The World: Rolling Return Comparison

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-15 09:21:18:000

The graph below shows the cumulative performance of the S&P 500 (NYSEARCA: SPY ) versus the MSCI World Index ex-USA (NASDAQ: ACWX ). Through the end of 2009, the two indices had roughly equivalent returns, but U.S. stocks have dramatically outperformed the global index over the past severa… read more...

Another Bond Rout - What's Next?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-12 14:12:11:000

The recent jump in interest rates presented bond investors with another round of losses. The 10-year Treasury yield surged to 3.23% last week before retreating to 3.17% today. As bond prices move opposite to rates, year-to-date total returns (including interest) on longer-term bonds are now fi… read more...

Another Bond Rout - What's Next?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-12 14:12:11:000

The recent jump in interest rates presented bond investors with another round of losses. The 10-year Treasury yield surged to 3.23% last week before retreating to 3.17% today. As bond prices move opposite to rates, year-to-date total returns (including interest) on longer-term bonds are now fi… read more...

Another Bond Rout - What's Next?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-12 14:12:11:000

The recent jump in interest rates presented bond investors with another round of losses. The 10-year Treasury yield surged to 3.23% last week before retreating to 3.17% today. As bond prices move opposite to rates, year-to-date total returns (including interest) on longer-term bonds are now fi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Light CPI Provides What May Turn Out To Be Short-Lived Support To Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-11 11:15:04:000

Market Intro Sector SPDR Investors are wiping the sweat from their brow as the CPI data underwhelmed compared to estimates. Treasury yields ( IEF , TLT , AGG ) dropped precipitously on the data. I urge readers to consider that the February CPI data came in very hot, and after worry… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: International Stocks At 52 Week Low As Measured By ACWX; Vol Storms Higher

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-10 13:10:01:000

Market Intro CNBC: 11:18 AM EST CNBC: ACWX US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are shedding some value in today's session. Spot VIX is nearing 20. Keep in mind that the SPX is only about 4% or so from its all-time high. In contrast, the "rest of the world", as measured by the A… read more...

The United States - The One And Only Master Of The (Investment) Universe Might Be Heading Towards A Pyrrhic Victory

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-08 08:25:11:000

Background Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) There's a heart (there's a heart) A hand to hold on to Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) There's a face (There's a face) Of somebody who needs you Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) When you lost out there and you'r… read more...

The United States - The One And Only Master Of The (Investment) Universe Might Be Heading Towards A Pyrrhic Victory

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-08 08:25:11:000

Background Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) There's a heart (there's a heart) A hand to hold on to Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) There's a face (There's a face) Of somebody who needs you Everywhere you look (everywhere you look) When you lost out there and you'r… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: U3 Unemployment Hits 45-Year Low, Treasury Yields Triggers Higher Short-Term VIX Readings

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-05 13:24:02:000

Market Intro Bureau of Labor Statistics The September NFP report came in at 134,000 jobs, but there is a chance that Hurricane Florence had an impact both on the data gathering process, as well as the jobs figures themselves. CNBC: Friday 9:57 AM The real story over the last coup… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: U3 Unemployment Hits 45-Year Low, Treasury Yields Triggers Higher Short-Term VIX Readings

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-05 13:24:02:000

Market Intro Bureau of Labor Statistics The September NFP report came in at 134,000 jobs, but there is a chance that Hurricane Florence had an impact both on the data gathering process, as well as the jobs figures themselves. CNBC: Friday 9:57 AM The real story over the last coup… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: U3 Unemployment Hits 45-Year Low, Treasury Yields Triggers Higher Short-Term VIX Readings

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-05 13:24:02:000

Market Intro Bureau of Labor Statistics The September NFP report came in at 134,000 jobs, but there is a chance that Hurricane Florence had an impact both on the data gathering process, as well as the jobs figures themselves. CNBC: Friday 9:57 AM The real story over the last coup… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Can S&P Realized Vol Make It Down To A Four Handle?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-03 11:20:18:000

Market Intro CNBC, 10:34A M EST Even the recently sulky Russell 2K ( IWM ) has joined in the rally higher for US stocks this morning ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ). All ten of the S&P sector SPDRs is positive at present. Spot VIX is down considerably as the S&P marches toward the vau… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Can S&P Realized Vol Make It Down To A Four Handle?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-10-03 11:20:18:000

Market Intro CNBC, 10:34A M EST Even the recently sulky Russell 2K ( IWM ) has joined in the rally higher for US stocks this morning ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ). All ten of the S&P sector SPDRs is positive at present. Spot VIX is down considerably as the S&P marches toward the vau… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - September 2018: Equity And Fixed Income CEF Valuations Back To Par

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-30 15:20:12:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of August 31, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "c… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - September 2018: Equity And Fixed Income CEF Valuations Back To Par

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-30 15:20:12:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of August 31, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "c… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - September 2018: Equity And Fixed Income CEF Valuations Back To Par

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-30 15:20:12:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's Closed-End Fund Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of August 31, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "c… read more...

Caution: Emerging Markets Have Plenty Of Room To Fall Further

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-26 08:00:59:000

Recently, I've started to see more articles and commentary in the financial media expressing a positive perspective on emerging market stocks ( EEM ). It is well known by now that in 2018 we have had a historic divergence between a rising US stock market ( SPY ) and falling global stock mark… read more...

Caution: Emerging Markets Have Plenty Of Room To Fall Further

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-26 08:00:59:000

Recently, I've started to see more articles and commentary in the financial media expressing a positive perspective on emerging market stocks ( EEM ). It is well known by now that in 2018 we have had a historic divergence between a rising US stock market ( SPY ) and falling global stock mark… read more...

Caution: Emerging Markets Have Plenty Of Room To Fall Further

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-26 08:00:59:000

Recently, I've started to see more articles and commentary in the financial media expressing a positive perspective on emerging market stocks ( EEM ). It is well known by now that in 2018 we have had a historic divergence between a rising US stock market ( SPY ) and falling global stock mark… read more...

U.S. And Global Stocks, Commodities, Precious Metals And The 'Anti-USD' Trade

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-24 01:54:32:000

With the intensity of this weeks move Ive already taken a couple quick profits in items that could be considered part of the anti-USD trade. The most recent leg of the US stock market rally and the bounces in global equities, commodities and precious metals … read more...

U.S. And Global Stocks, Commodities, Precious Metals And The 'Anti-USD' Trade

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-24 01:54:32:000

With the intensity of this weeks move Ive already taken a couple quick profits in items that could be considered part of the anti-USD trade. The most recent leg of the US stock market rally and the bounces in global equities, commodities and precious metals … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Global Tailwinds Pushes Dow To New Heights, While VIX Retreats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-20 14:35:09:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:11PM EST Global stocks ( ACWX , SPY , EFA , EEM ) are enjoying a positive day on Thursday as the Dow bursts to a new all-time high. Spot VIX dutifully retreats in response to the renewed tenor of optimism, hitting a low for the day of 11.31 Investing.com I… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Global Tailwinds Pushes Dow To New Heights, While VIX Retreats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-20 14:35:09:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:11PM EST Global stocks ( ACWX , SPY , EFA , EEM ) are enjoying a positive day on Thursday as the Dow bursts to a new all-time high. Spot VIX dutifully retreats in response to the renewed tenor of optimism, hitting a low for the day of 11.31 Investing.com I… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Global Tailwinds Pushes Dow To New Heights, While VIX Retreats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-20 14:35:09:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:11PM EST Global stocks ( ACWX , SPY , EFA , EEM ) are enjoying a positive day on Thursday as the Dow bursts to a new all-time high. Spot VIX dutifully retreats in response to the renewed tenor of optimism, hitting a low for the day of 11.31 Investing.com I… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Do As Warren Says Or As Warren Does?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-19 12:42:20:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:59PM EST Spot VIX has managed to go sub-twelve in this morning's action, as US stocks (SPY, DIA, QQQ, IWM) go with the general flow of traffic with international equities ( EFA , ACWX ). The S&P 500 looks ready to try for new all-time highs. Emerging market… read more...

Pieces Of The U.S., Global Stock Market Puzzle Come Together

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-17 08:03:48:000

All through the summer NFTRH had a top-test view on the primary US stock index, the S&P 500. We were 100% right on that; SPX spent all summer grinding upward to that test. That is where the would-be market genius aspect of the analysis ends because it appears that t… read more...

Pieces Of The U.S., Global Stock Market Puzzle Come Together

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-17 08:03:48:000

All through the summer NFTRH had a top-test view on the primary US stock index, the S&P 500. We were 100% right on that; SPX spent all summer grinding upward to that test. That is where the would-be market genius aspect of the analysis ends because it appears that t… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Did Global Central Bank Policy Augment Or Diminish The Widening Wealth Gap Over The Past Decade?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-12 13:19:44:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:48 AM EST Expect the headlines to ramp up over the next couple months as a contentious midterm election period may be kicking into high gear. US equities ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are mostly taking things in stride; US equities are faring better than the maj… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Did Global Central Bank Policy Augment Or Diminish The Widening Wealth Gap Over The Past Decade?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-12 13:19:44:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:48 AM EST Expect the headlines to ramp up over the next couple months as a contentious midterm election period may be kicking into high gear. US equities ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are mostly taking things in stride; US equities are faring better than the maj… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Did Global Central Bank Policy Augment Or Diminish The Widening Wealth Gap Over The Past Decade?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-12 13:19:44:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:48 AM EST Expect the headlines to ramp up over the next couple months as a contentious midterm election period may be kicking into high gear. US equities ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are mostly taking things in stride; US equities are faring better than the maj… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Options Traders Are Transacting In Downside Action

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-10 11:39:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: 11:04 EST Suffice it to say, markets are rather calmer today than they were 10 years ago when Lehman was collapsing. CNBC has a piece detailing that since that time, US stocks as measured by the S&P Total Return ( SPY ) are up about 11%. Slow and steady won the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Options Traders Are Transacting In Downside Action

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-10 11:39:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: 11:04 EST Suffice it to say, markets are rather calmer today than they were 10 years ago when Lehman was collapsing. CNBC has a piece detailing that since that time, US stocks as measured by the S&P Total Return ( SPY ) are up about 11%. Slow and steady won the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Tariffs Weigh On Market At Close Of Week

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-07 23:16:09:000

Market Intro CNBC: Market Close The five-day NASDAQ ( QQQ ) action basically tells the story of what drove domestic equities ( SPY , DIA , IWM ) over the past week. Despite the multi-day losing streak, US stocks did not give up a great deal of ground. The VIX closed just below 15 to … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Tariffs Weigh On Market At Close Of Week

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-07 23:16:09:000

Market Intro CNBC: Market Close The five-day NASDAQ ( QQQ ) action basically tells the story of what drove domestic equities ( SPY , DIA , IWM ) over the past week. Despite the multi-day losing streak, US stocks did not give up a great deal of ground. The VIX closed just below 15 to … read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - August 2018: Equity CEFs Starting To Come Down To Earth?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-06 11:39:28:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of August 1, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep." Meth… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - August 2018: Equity CEFs Starting To Come Down To Earth?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-06 11:39:28:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of August 1, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep." Meth… read more...

Intesa Sanpaolo: A Strange Market Is Generating Buying Opportunities

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-05 15:43:51:000

There's something strange happening over the last few months. On the back of some dollar strength, the U.S. market has gone nuts vs.most foreign markets. While the U.S. markets break all-time highs, abroad many markets are at or near bear market territory (20% down from highs). The perform… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: International Markets See Increased Volatility, But Do U.S. Equities Really Care?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-09-05 14:28:34:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:45PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are on the back foot for a second day, arguably following international equities ( ACWX ) lower. Spot VIX hit a high of 14.3 before regrouping to a mid-thirteen level. In comparison to the majority of the calendar y… read more...

4 iShares Global Ex-US ETFs: Which One Is Best?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-23 09:26:14:000

As I pointed out in my last article, some people still do not see a difference between ETFs that are similar but not the same. Last time, I wrote a few words about three global ex-U.S. ETFs from Vanguard; in this article, the second in a short series, I will focus on iShares (managed by Blac… read more...

4 iShares Global Ex-US ETFs: Which One Is Best?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-23 09:26:14:000

As I pointed out in my last article, some people still do not see a difference between ETFs that are similar but not the same. Last time, I wrote a few words about three global ex-U.S. ETFs from Vanguard; in this article, the second in a short series, I will focus on iShares (managed by Blac… read more...

4 iShares Global Ex-US ETFs: Which One Is Best?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-23 09:26:14:000

As I pointed out in my last article, some people still do not see a difference between ETFs that are similar but not the same. Last time, I wrote a few words about three global ex-U.S. ETFs from Vanguard; in this article, the second in a short series, I will focus on iShares (managed by Blac… read more...

Stay Clear Of Global Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-20 11:02:53:000

The big market theme this year has been decoupling between U.S. and global stocks. The chart above illustrates a remarkable 13% under-performance by global equities year-to-date as of July 15th. While the U.S. market ( SPY , IVV ) has done quite well (up 6.7% year-to-date), global stocks to… read more...

Stay Clear Of Global Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-20 11:02:53:000

The big market theme this year has been decoupling between U.S. and global stocks. The chart above illustrates a remarkable 13% under-performance by global equities year-to-date as of July 15th. While the U.S. market ( SPY , IVV ) has done quite well (up 6.7% year-to-date), global stocks to… read more...

Stay Clear Of Global Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-20 11:02:53:000

The big market theme this year has been decoupling between U.S. and global stocks. The chart above illustrates a remarkable 13% under-performance by global equities year-to-date as of July 15th. While the U.S. market ( SPY , IVV ) has done quite well (up 6.7% year-to-date), global stocks to… read more...

Emerging Markets: Far (East) From Being Out Of The Woods/Wounds

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-19 06:00:34:000

Background There's no dull moment when it comes to Emerging Markets ("EMs", VWO , IEMG , EEM , SCHE ) this year. The list of EM equity markets that are down at least 20% (in USD terms) YTD has become pretty impressive (and keep growing!), to say the least. As if this isn't enough… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Investors Catch Their Breath After Macro Woes Disrupt S&P Bid For New All-Time Highs

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-15 03:48:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close Spot VIX got a thudding Tuesday as global risk assets rebounded after a pair of trying sessions on Friday and Monday. A large recovery in the Turkish lira likely played an important role in the diminished expectations for implied volatility. The Tur… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Investors Catch Their Breath After Macro Woes Disrupt S&P Bid For New All-Time Highs

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-15 03:48:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close Spot VIX got a thudding Tuesday as global risk assets rebounded after a pair of trying sessions on Friday and Monday. A large recovery in the Turkish lira likely played an important role in the diminished expectations for implied volatility. The Tur… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Investors Catch Their Breath After Macro Woes Disrupt S&P Bid For New All-Time Highs

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-15 03:48:21:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close Spot VIX got a thudding Tuesday as global risk assets rebounded after a pair of trying sessions on Friday and Monday. A large recovery in the Turkish lira likely played an important role in the diminished expectations for implied volatility. The Tur… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: U.S. Stocks Bounce Back From Rocky Pre-Market Session

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-13 11:09:51:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:37 AM EST Another steep devaluation in the Turkish lira sent stock markets ( ACWX , EEM ) back into panic mode. Since then, however, domestic equities ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are relaxing some as the new story line is that Turkey's central bank is trying to … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: U.S. Stocks Bounce Back From Rocky Pre-Market Session

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-13 11:09:51:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:37 AM EST Another steep devaluation in the Turkish lira sent stock markets ( ACWX , EEM ) back into panic mode. Since then, however, domestic equities ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are relaxing some as the new story line is that Turkey's central bank is trying to … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Flat Trade Over The Week Segues Into Stronger Volatility Potential On Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-10 10:08:01:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday Close US stocks are set to take a leg lower as global equity markets ( ACWI , ACWX , EEM , EFA ) deal with the collapse of the Turkish Lira and stock market ( TUR ). The Thursday session ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) turned out to be quite sleepy, with o… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Flat Trade Over The Week Segues Into Stronger Volatility Potential On Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-10 10:08:01:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday Close US stocks are set to take a leg lower as global equity markets ( ACWI , ACWX , EEM , EFA ) deal with the collapse of the Turkish Lira and stock market ( TUR ). The Thursday session ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) turned out to be quite sleepy, with o… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Flat Trade Over The Week Segues Into Stronger Volatility Potential On Friday

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-10 10:08:01:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday Close US stocks are set to take a leg lower as global equity markets ( ACWI , ACWX , EEM , EFA ) deal with the collapse of the Turkish Lira and stock market ( TUR ). The Thursday session ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) turned out to be quite sleepy, with o… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P Within 1% Of All-Time Highs While VIX Edges To Six-Month Lows

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-07 10:34:11:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 6:46 EST US markets open to what is a broadly positive backdrop in foreign trade over the last twenty-four hours. International stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are in the green, as worries over a host of issues recede. The economic calendar for this week is q… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P Within 1% Of All-Time Highs While VIX Edges To Six-Month Lows

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-07 10:34:11:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 6:46 EST US markets open to what is a broadly positive backdrop in foreign trade over the last twenty-four hours. International stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are in the green, as worries over a host of issues recede. The economic calendar for this week is q… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: S&P Within 1% Of All-Time Highs While VIX Edges To Six-Month Lows

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-07 10:34:11:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday 6:46 EST US markets open to what is a broadly positive backdrop in foreign trade over the last twenty-four hours. International stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) are in the green, as worries over a host of issues recede. The economic calendar for this week is q… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: US Stocks Digest Recent Gains, While VIX Hangs Near 11

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-06 11:32:37:000

Market Intro CNBC: ACWX While US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) hem and haw without much direction in early Monday trade, international shares ( ACWX ) are taking to the back foot. It is notable that this tradable index of only foreign stocks is trading closer to 52-week lows rath… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard - July

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-02 11:09:30:000

Long Only Commodity Investments lost their spot at the top of the asset class scoreboard, losing -3.63% on the month, but still up 6% on the year. Meanwhile, U.S. stocks made their most gains since January, to take the top spot on the year, up 6.32%. World stocks managed to rebound slightly … read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard - July

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-02 11:09:30:000

Long Only Commodity Investments lost their spot at the top of the asset class scoreboard, losing -3.63% on the month, but still up 6% on the year. Meanwhile, U.S. stocks made their most gains since January, to take the top spot on the year, up 6.32%. World stocks managed to rebound slightly … read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard - July

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-02 11:09:30:000

Long Only Commodity Investments lost their spot at the top of the asset class scoreboard, losing -3.63% on the month, but still up 6% on the year. Meanwhile, U.S. stocks made their most gains since January, to take the top spot on the year, up 6.32%. World stocks managed to rebound slightly … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Apple Smashes, But Indexes Soften Against Global Equity Setback

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-08-01 13:13:03:000

Market Intro CNBC: Wednesday, 12:05PM EST Will Apple ( AAPL ) be the first company to reach a $1T market cap? It seems as though there is a decent chance after the tech titan impressed the secondary markets with its most recent earnings release and guidance. US stocks ( SPY , DIA … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Nasdaq And Russell 2000 Lead U.S. Equities Lower

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-29 02:22:31:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close While international indexes ( ACWX , VGK ) closed mostly higher on the weekend, the same was not true for US companies ( SPY , DIA ). The NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) retreated in the neighborhood of 1.5% to 2%, respectively. Spot VIX ro… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Nasdaq And Russell 2000 Lead U.S. Equities Lower

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-29 02:22:31:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close While international indexes ( ACWX , VGK ) closed mostly higher on the weekend, the same was not true for US companies ( SPY , DIA ). The NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) retreated in the neighborhood of 1.5% to 2%, respectively. Spot VIX ro… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Nasdaq And Russell 2000 Lead U.S. Equities Lower

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-29 02:22:31:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday close While international indexes ( ACWX , VGK ) closed mostly higher on the weekend, the same was not true for US companies ( SPY , DIA ). The NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) retreated in the neighborhood of 1.5% to 2%, respectively. Spot VIX ro… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - July 2018: Treasury Yield Spread Continues To Narrow

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-28 10:22:19:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of July 3, 2018. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Method… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Is The Long Bond Yield Too Low Relative To Inflation And GDP Growth?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-18 14:31:43:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:37PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are following the broader global trend ( ACWX ) of drifting in Wednesday's session; spot VIX sports an 11-handle amidst the decreasing concern over trade tensions. While domestic equities mostly trade within a stone… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Is The Long Bond Yield Too Low Relative To Inflation And GDP Growth?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-18 14:31:43:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:37PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are following the broader global trend ( ACWX ) of drifting in Wednesday's session; spot VIX sports an 11-handle amidst the decreasing concern over trade tensions. While domestic equities mostly trade within a stone… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Is The Long Bond Yield Too Low Relative To Inflation And GDP Growth?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-18 14:31:43:000

Market Intro CNBC: 1:37PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are following the broader global trend ( ACWX ) of drifting in Wednesday's session; spot VIX sports an 11-handle amidst the decreasing concern over trade tensions. While domestic equities mostly trade within a stone… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VVIX And SKEWX Suggest That S&P 2,800 Is Not Secure (Yet)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-15 08:38:53:000

Market Intro Investing.com, Friday Close Both the NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) hit all-time highs on Friday, while the S&P ( SPY ) trails its January peak by a mere 3%. Renewed animal spirits on the back of a positive second-quarter earnings backdrop gave all but the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VVIX And SKEWX Suggest That S&P 2,800 Is Not Secure (Yet)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-15 08:38:53:000

Market Intro Investing.com, Friday Close Both the NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) hit all-time highs on Friday, while the S&P ( SPY ) trails its January peak by a mere 3%. Renewed animal spirits on the back of a positive second-quarter earnings backdrop gave all but the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VVIX And SKEWX Suggest That S&P 2,800 Is Not Secure (Yet)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-15 08:38:53:000

Market Intro Investing.com, Friday Close Both the NASDAQ ( QQQ ) and the Russell 2000 ( IWM ) hit all-time highs on Friday, while the S&P ( SPY ) trails its January peak by a mere 3%. Renewed animal spirits on the back of a positive second-quarter earnings backdrop gave all but the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Takes Another Crack At A Twelve-Handle As S&P Shoots For 2800

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-12 11:45:06:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:41 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are managing to shake the latest round of tariffs announced by the Trump administration near the market close on Tuesday. This is a shared global phenomenon ( ACWX ) from the vantage point of the last couple tradi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Takes Another Crack At A Twelve-Handle As S&P Shoots For 2800

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-12 11:45:06:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:41 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are managing to shake the latest round of tariffs announced by the Trump administration near the market close on Tuesday. This is a shared global phenomenon ( ACWX ) from the vantage point of the last couple tradi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Takes Another Crack At A Twelve-Handle As S&P Shoots For 2800

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-12 11:45:06:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:41 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are managing to shake the latest round of tariffs announced by the Trump administration near the market close on Tuesday. This is a shared global phenomenon ( ACWX ) from the vantage point of the last couple tradi… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Losing The 'Trade War'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-10 11:02:26:000

Market Intro CNBC: 9:58 AM Monday saw real follow-through in US stock markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ); the Dow in particular performed strongly. Tuesday has thus far been about mild consolidation of those gains in international markets ( ACWX , EFA , EEM , EWG ). Spot VIX now m… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Losing The 'Trade War'

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-10 11:02:26:000

Market Intro CNBC: 9:58 AM Monday saw real follow-through in US stock markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ); the Dow in particular performed strongly. Tuesday has thus far been about mild consolidation of those gains in international markets ( ACWX , EFA , EEM , EWG ). Spot VIX now m… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Trade Concerns Fade, Stocks Make Another Try For S&P's Upper Range

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-09 10:15:18:000

Market Intro This upcoming week looks set to begin quite the opposite of last Monday, when S&P futures were struggling right around the 2700 mark ( SPY ) at the week's open. The general tone for international stocks ( ACWX , EFA , EEM ) was also favorable as the week wore on, and tod… read more...

Why Broad Market Index Funds Are Winning For Now

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-03 11:23:29:000

It might seem that broad index ETFs that attempt to own the entire market, such as the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA: VTI ) for US stocks and the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (NASDAQ: VXUS ) for non-US stocks (or their comparable Vanguard mutual funds) are nearly imposs… read more...

Why Broad Market Index Funds Are Winning For Now

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-03 11:23:29:000

It might seem that broad index ETFs that attempt to own the entire market, such as the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA: VTI ) for US stocks and the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (NASDAQ: VXUS ) for non-US stocks (or their comparable Vanguard mutual funds) are nearly imposs… read more...

Why Broad Market Index Funds Are Winning For Now

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-03 11:23:29:000

It might seem that broad index ETFs that attempt to own the entire market, such as the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA: VTI ) for US stocks and the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (NASDAQ: VXUS ) for non-US stocks (or their comparable Vanguard mutual funds) are nearly imposs… read more...

Why Broad Market Index Funds Are Winning For Now

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-07-03 11:23:29:000

It might seem that broad index ETFs that attempt to own the entire market, such as the Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (NYSEARCA: VTI ) for US stocks and the Vanguard Total International Stock ETF (NASDAQ: VXUS ) for non-US stocks (or their comparable Vanguard mutual funds) are nearly imposs… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Prints Below 15 Despite More Than 2% Intraday Move In S&P Futures

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 11:34:43:000

Market Intro CNBC 11:07 AM EST At least for the time being, investors seem content in the notion that perhaps trade concerns are overblown. Global stocks ( ACWX ), including US Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are breathing a sigh of relief. As of 11:10 AM EST, the range for S&P… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Prints Below 15 Despite More Than 2% Intraday Move In S&P Futures

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 11:34:43:000

Market Intro CNBC 11:07 AM EST At least for the time being, investors seem content in the notion that perhaps trade concerns are overblown. Global stocks ( ACWX ), including US Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are breathing a sigh of relief. As of 11:10 AM EST, the range for S&P… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Prints Below 15 Despite More Than 2% Intraday Move In S&P Futures

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 11:34:43:000

Market Intro CNBC 11:07 AM EST At least for the time being, investors seem content in the notion that perhaps trade concerns are overblown. Global stocks ( ACWX ), including US Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are breathing a sigh of relief. As of 11:10 AM EST, the range for S&P… read more...

What You Need Might Cost More Than Three Basis Points

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 04:59:07:000

Justin Castelli tweeted the following : Discussing the modern index: @MebFaber suggest anything not market-weighted is active. Id have to agree with that statement. A great conversation regarding the confusion that has been created by the terminology of active vs. passive. I rep… read more...

What You Need Might Cost More Than Three Basis Points

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 04:59:07:000

Justin Castelli tweeted the following : Discussing the modern index: @MebFaber suggest anything not market-weighted is active. Id have to agree with that statement. A great conversation regarding the confusion that has been created by the terminology of active vs. passive. I rep… read more...

What You Need Might Cost More Than Three Basis Points

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-27 04:59:07:000

Justin Castelli tweeted the following : Discussing the modern index: @MebFaber suggest anything not market-weighted is active. Id have to agree with that statement. A great conversation regarding the confusion that has been created by the terminology of active vs. passive. I rep… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Hits 16 While 10-Day Realized Volatility Prints Below 5

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-25 11:45:44:000

Market Intro CNBC 10:35 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) feel the sting of global investors' collective disapproval of trade policies (at least, if you believe the headlines, which in this particular case I do). Spot VIX sees new life breathed into it. For perspective, the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Hits 16 While 10-Day Realized Volatility Prints Below 5

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-25 11:45:44:000

Market Intro CNBC 10:35 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) feel the sting of global investors' collective disapproval of trade policies (at least, if you believe the headlines, which in this particular case I do). Spot VIX sees new life breathed into it. For perspective, the… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Where Were You On The Day Of The Dow Eight-Day Losing Streak (Or Did You Even Notice?)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 14:12:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday 1:21 PM EST Dow ( DIA ) stocks have had a rough go of things over the last several trading sessions. Eight days in a row sounds like the index has been put through the ringer, until you realize that the sum loss between the peak value reached on June 11… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Where Were You On The Day Of The Dow Eight-Day Losing Streak (Or Did You Even Notice?)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 14:12:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday 1:21 PM EST Dow ( DIA ) stocks have had a rough go of things over the last several trading sessions. Eight days in a row sounds like the index has been put through the ringer, until you realize that the sum loss between the peak value reached on June 11… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Where Were You On The Day Of The Dow Eight-Day Losing Streak (Or Did You Even Notice?)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 14:12:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: Thursday 1:21 PM EST Dow ( DIA ) stocks have had a rough go of things over the last several trading sessions. Eight days in a row sounds like the index has been put through the ringer, until you realize that the sum loss between the peak value reached on June 11… read more...

Danielle On The Financial Survival Network

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 07:09:08:000

Danielle was a guest with Kerry Lutz on The Financial Survival Network , talking about recent developments in the world economy and markets. You can listen to an audio clip of the segment by clicking the play button below. Disclosure: Read more … read more...

Danielle On The Financial Survival Network

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 07:09:08:000

Danielle was a guest with Kerry Lutz on The Financial Survival Network , talking about recent developments in the world economy and markets. You can listen to an audio clip of the segment by clicking the play button below. Disclosure: Read more … read more...

Danielle On The Financial Survival Network

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-21 07:09:08:000

Danielle was a guest with Kerry Lutz on The Financial Survival Network , talking about recent developments in the world economy and markets. You can listen to an audio clip of the segment by clicking the play button below. Disclosure: Read more … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Global Equities Chill Over Trade War Concerns For Now

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-20 10:27:37:000

Market Intro CNBC: Wednesday 9:41 AM EST Sector SPDR International stocks ( ACWX , VGK , EFA , EEM ) are in a celebratory mood as the US Wednesday session begins. The S&P benefited from the wide variety of performances at the sector level ( XLI , XLB , XLU ) yesterday, ste… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Hits 10-Day High On Global Equity Boycott Of Trade Developments

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-18 12:35:48:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:07 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) joined international equity markets ( ACWX , AAXJ , EWJ , VGK , EWU ) in dissenting at the newest trade developments between the United States and China ( FXI ). Sector SPDR: last week's returns A similar … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Spot VIX Hits 10-Day High On Global Equity Boycott Of Trade Developments

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-18 12:35:48:000

Market Intro CNBC: 10:07 AM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) joined international equity markets ( ACWX , AAXJ , EWJ , VGK , EWU ) in dissenting at the newest trade developments between the United States and China ( FXI ). Sector SPDR: last week's returns A similar … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Responds Begrudgingly To Tariff Threats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-15 13:30:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:31 PM EST Compared to similar responses to almost identical headlines over the past couple months, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are hanging tough, and spot VIX is taking it easy. Indeed, global equities ( ACWX ) are down but far from what one might term … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Responds Begrudgingly To Tariff Threats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-15 13:30:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:31 PM EST Compared to similar responses to almost identical headlines over the past couple months, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are hanging tough, and spot VIX is taking it easy. Indeed, global equities ( ACWX ) are down but far from what one might term … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: VIX Responds Begrudgingly To Tariff Threats

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-15 13:30:22:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:31 PM EST Compared to similar responses to almost identical headlines over the past couple months, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) are hanging tough, and spot VIX is taking it easy. Indeed, global equities ( ACWX ) are down but far from what one might term … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Shorts Need Buy-The-Dip To Hold To Make Roll Decay Work In Their Favor

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-08 13:39:58:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:15 PM EST International stocks ( VGK , EEM , ACWX ) struggled in the Friday session, purportedly with the specter of trade concerns taking credit or blame for the slump. S&P futures ( SPY ) tumbled in the pre-market to a low of 2,752, and subsequently reboun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Shorts Need Buy-The-Dip To Hold To Make Roll Decay Work In Their Favor

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-08 13:39:58:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:15 PM EST International stocks ( VGK , EEM , ACWX ) struggled in the Friday session, purportedly with the specter of trade concerns taking credit or blame for the slump. S&P futures ( SPY ) tumbled in the pre-market to a low of 2,752, and subsequently reboun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Shorts Need Buy-The-Dip To Hold To Make Roll Decay Work In Their Favor

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-08 13:39:58:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:15 PM EST International stocks ( VGK , EEM , ACWX ) struggled in the Friday session, purportedly with the specter of trade concerns taking credit or blame for the slump. S&P futures ( SPY ) tumbled in the pre-market to a low of 2,752, and subsequently reboun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Shorts Need Buy-The-Dip To Hold To Make Roll Decay Work In Their Favor

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-08 13:39:58:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:15 PM EST International stocks ( VGK , EEM , ACWX ) struggled in the Friday session, purportedly with the specter of trade concerns taking credit or blame for the slump. S&P futures ( SPY ) tumbled in the pre-market to a low of 2,752, and subsequently reboun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Shorts Need Buy-The-Dip To Hold To Make Roll Decay Work In Their Favor

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-08 13:39:58:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:15 PM EST International stocks ( VGK , EEM , ACWX ) struggled in the Friday session, purportedly with the specter of trade concerns taking credit or blame for the slump. S&P futures ( SPY ) tumbled in the pre-market to a low of 2,752, and subsequently reboun… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Oil Prices Falling, Energy Stock Implied Vols Aren't Concerned

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-06 13:08:53:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:18 PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) had a brief dip in the morning, but have since rebounded to session highs as we enter afternoon trade. Spot VIX now trades below twelve, with seemingly little regard for headline risk or international woes. Intern… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Oil Prices Falling, Energy Stock Implied Vols Aren't Concerned

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-06 13:08:53:000

Market Intro CNBC: 12:18 PM EST US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) had a brief dip in the morning, but have since rebounded to session highs as we enter afternoon trade. Spot VIX now trades below twelve, with seemingly little regard for headline risk or international woes. Intern… read more...

Asset Class Scoreboard - May

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-05 06:50:28:000

"Sell in May and go away" didn't come to fruition at least in the month of May, as US equities had the best month of the year since January. Three days last month saw gains of more than 1%, and one saw a decline of -1% or more. World Stocks struggled with their performance, fueled off of uncer… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - May 2018: Fixed Income CEFs Continue To Get Cheaper Vs. Equity CEFs

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-05 06:25:04:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of April 30. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Cambridge Inc… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Continued Positive Action Continued From Friday...Global Relief Rally?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-06-04 11:07:11:000

Market Intro Bureau of Labor Statistics: May NFP release CNBC: 10:42 AM EST While not at peak levels for the session, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ ) have decided to continue last week's rally into Monday morning trade. The Russell 2000 index ( IWM ), which tends to be more insulat… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Equities Falter As Headlines Reassert Themselves

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-23 11:59:32:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close US equity volatility ( VXX , UVXY , TVIX ) is set for a strong opening after stocks losses on Tuesday foreshadowed losses in other equity markets ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). The apparent catalyst for the spill were words from Preside… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Lucky 13?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-10 08:17:55:000

Market Intro CNBC: Wednesday Close Sector SPDRs Energy ( XLE ) led the way on Wednesday for US and global stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). Spot VIX closed with a thirteen handle, its lowest reading since February 1 (just before the blowout jobs report). CNBC … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Lucky 13?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-10 08:17:55:000

Market Intro CNBC: Wednesday Close Sector SPDRs Energy ( XLE ) led the way on Wednesday for US and global stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ). Spot VIX closed with a thirteen handle, its lowest reading since February 1 (just before the blowout jobs report). CNBC … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Measures Pointing For Calmer Stock Market

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-09 02:23:52:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close Sector SPDRs Tuesday offered stocks ( ACWX , SPY , QQQ , IWM ) more of what they have needed: rest. The utilities sector ( XLU ) was a notable exception. Energy stocks ( XLE ) got a lift after President Trumps announcement to pull out of … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Vol Measures Pointing For Calmer Stock Market

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-09 02:23:52:000

Market Intro CNBC: Tuesday Close Sector SPDRs Tuesday offered stocks ( ACWX , SPY , QQQ , IWM ) more of what they have needed: rest. The utilities sector ( XLU ) was a notable exception. Energy stocks ( XLE ) got a lift after President Trumps announcement to pull out of … read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Volatility Term Structure Lower For Fourth Consecutive Week

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-08 00:29:29:000

Market Intro CNBC: Monday Close Sector SPDRs Monday was generally a positive day for global equities ( ACWX , SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ). The consumer staples sector ( XLP ), a defensive sector at that, continues to exhibit softness. Spot VIX remained more or less unchanged, thoug… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Volatility Term Structure Lower For Fourth Consecutive Week

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-05-08 00:29:29:000

Market Intro CNBC: Monday Close Sector SPDRs Monday was generally a positive day for global equities ( ACWX , SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ). The consumer staples sector ( XLP ), a defensive sector at that, continues to exhibit softness. Spot VIX remained more or less unchanged, thoug… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - April 2018: CEF Discounts Widen To 12-Month Lows

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-29 03:13:08:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of March 30. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolog… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - April 2018: CEF Discounts Widen To 12-Month Lows

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-29 03:13:08:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of March 30. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolog… read more...

Investors Becoming More Confident On Risky Assets

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-26 01:20:34:000

The April round of the State Street global investor confidence indexes showed institutional investors appear to be growing more confident on the outlook for risky assets. The regional indexes showed this uptick in risk appetite has been widespread across the major regions. It appears as thou… read more...

Investors Becoming More Confident On Risky Assets

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-26 01:20:34:000

The April round of the State Street global investor confidence indexes showed institutional investors appear to be growing more confident on the outlook for risky assets. The regional indexes showed this uptick in risk appetite has been widespread across the major regions. It appears as thou… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Hot Commodit(ies)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-20 01:45:14:000

Market Intro CNBC Commodities ( USO , GLD , DBC ) have gotten some attention of late, and why not? The combination of a global economy that by many accounts is expanding, coupled with trade and geopolitical concerns, aided by potential for some unexpected inflation, and you&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Hot Commodit(ies)

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-20 01:45:14:000

Market Intro CNBC Commodities ( USO , GLD , DBC ) have gotten some attention of late, and why not? The combination of a global economy that by many accounts is expanding, coupled with trade and geopolitical concerns, aided by potential for some unexpected inflation, and you&… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: What Trade War?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-09 11:52:15:000

Market Intro CNBC: 11:30 AM EST Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ) are trying to put last week behind them. Indeed, the S&P 500 trades almost identical to where it did just prior to the jobs number release. In the weekend MVB , I asserted that it was actually the commen… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: What Trade War?

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-09 11:52:15:000

Market Intro CNBC: 11:30 AM EST Stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM , ACWX ) are trying to put last week behind them. Indeed, the S&P 500 trades almost identical to where it did just prior to the jobs number release. In the weekend MVB , I asserted that it was actually the commen… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: A Trifecta Of Events Humbles Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-06 23:37:00:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday Close Well, foreign stocks ( EFA , EEM , ACWX ) did their bit not to panic on the escalations in trade and tariff rhetoric (at this juncture, that is all it really is). But ultimately, for a reason I'll cover below, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) s… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: A Trifecta Of Events Humbles Stocks

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-06 23:37:00:000

Market Intro CNBC: Friday Close Well, foreign stocks ( EFA , EEM , ACWX ) did their bit not to panic on the escalations in trade and tariff rhetoric (at this juncture, that is all it really is). But ultimately, for a reason I'll cover below, US stocks ( SPY , DIA , QQQ , IWM ) s… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - March 2018: CEFs Not Overreacting To Market Volatility

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-04 16:34:14:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of March 1. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodology… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - March 2018: CEFs Not Overreacting To Market Volatility

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-04 16:34:14:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of March 1. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodology… read more...

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-04 02:39:49:000

It finally happened. The market went through a major move ( in February ) but the recovery wasn't enough. Sure, there were really good days in March (like the 3 rd best single day performance in the Dow in its history) but it wasn't enough to make up with consistent losses or large swings … read more...

Q1 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-04-04 02:39:49:000

It finally happened. The market went through a major move ( in February ) but the recovery wasn't enough. Sure, there were really good days in March (like the 3 rd best single day performance in the Dow in its history) but it wasn't enough to make up with consistent losses or large swings … read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - January 2018: CEF Showing Signs Of Life

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-02-02 04:44:34:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of January 5. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolo… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - January 2018: CEF Showing Signs Of Life

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-02-02 04:44:34:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of January 5. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolo… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - January 2018: CEF Showing Signs Of Life

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-02-02 04:44:34:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of January 5. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolo… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - January 2018: CEF Showing Signs Of Life

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-02-02 04:44:34:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of January 5. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolo… read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - January 2018: CEF Showing Signs Of Life

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-02-02 04:44:34:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of January 5. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Methodolo… read more...

January 2018 Data Update 5: Country Risk Update

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-25 08:42:01:000

In my last post , I looked at the currency confusions that globalization has brought into financial analysis, and how to clean up for them. In this post, I discuss the other aspect of globalization that is forcing analysts to change long accepted practices in estimating equity risk premiums f… read more...

January 2018 Data Update 5: Country Risk Update

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-25 08:42:01:000

In my last post , I looked at the currency confusions that globalization has brought into financial analysis, and how to clean up for them. In this post, I discuss the other aspect of globalization that is forcing analysts to change long accepted practices in estimating equity risk premiums f… read more...

Market Volatility Bulletin: Shaky Into The Open

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-19 09:31:16:000

Market Intro CNBC: 8:20AM EST Precious metals ( GLD , SLV ) are posting a good pre-market session, perhaps in part due to dollar travails. The US Dollar ( UUP ) is getting perilously close to breaking through the 90-level that represents support. The pending government shutdown due … read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report - December 2017: CEF Sentiment Continues To Deteriorate

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-11 04:27:00:000

For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from the close of December 1. Previous editions of the Report can be searched using the keyword "cefrep". Method… read more...

Stanford Chemist Positions For 2018: Broaden Your Horizons

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-08 08:00:00:000

Stanford Chemist is an author and Marketplace contributor for Seeking Alpha. Offering a premium service called the Cambridge Income Laboratory, the offering focuses mostly on research and analysis of exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and closed-end funds (CEFs). Currently, Stanford Chemist is the t… read more...

U.S. Vs. Global Stocks: Rolling Return Comparison

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-08 07:30:00:000

In a recent article , I compared the P/E ratio of major U.S. stock indices versus their global counterparts. Forward earnings multiples of domestic stocks outpace the multiples of other developed markets. Owning U.S. stocks has been a winning trade post crisis as earnings have rebounded and m… read more...

Final 2017 Asset Class Scoreboard

via: SeekingAlpha at 2018-01-03 14:24:16:000

2017 is in the books and all of the asset classes we track made money; granted there's a large margin between the top and bottom performers in 2107 (26%!). Stocks and World Stocks crushed it, with +20% performances. Maybe it's the contrarian in us, but we will say if World Stocks were labeled … read more...

The Chemist's CEF Report, November 2017: CEFs Not Joining The Party

via: SeekingAlpha at 2017-12-05 12:18:46:000

Author's note: This article was released to members of the Cambridge Income Laboratory one month ago. For the inaugural issue of The Chemist's CEF Report (September 2016), describing the background and rationale of the Report, please click here . This edition uses data taken from th… read more...

Everything Is Awesome

via: SeekingAlpha at 2017-12-05 00:17:17:000

With one month to go in 2017, everything is awesome. Both Stocks and World stock broke past 20% gains on the year with not a single down month. Each asset class in November recorded a positive number; long-only commodities could finish off the year in the positive in what was once down double-… read more...

A Year Of Trump In Charts

via: SeekingAlpha at 2017-11-11 07:00:00:000

This week marked one year from the inauguration of Donald Trump, a pivotal event for capital markets. The following graphs show the evolution of markets over the last year since the election of an ardently pro-business, America First president. Domestic stocks have seen large gains since the… read more...

Global Equities: Where To Invest When More And More Countries Are Expensive

via: SeekingAlpha at 2017-11-08 15:29:24:000

If it has felt like global equities have done well this year that's probably because they have. The MSCI All Countries World Index is up 15.7% in local currency terms YTD (18.4% in USD terms), and is now up about 40% off the February 2016 bottom. With rising prices comes rising valuations, b… read more...

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