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September 29, 2014
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September 24, 2014
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Global Climate Change, ETF Style This week, the United Nations is hosting what it calls the UN 2014 Climate Summit, a meeting of world leaders for the purpose of dealing with a gradually warming planet. Now, I’ll leave this politically charged event aside for the moment and flip the focus to another kind of global climate change – the one that’s taking place in global equity markets right now. Over the weekend, we got several reports out of China that indicated that the world’s second-largest economy now is backsliding on its targeted growth rate in the 7.5% annual range. Then there’s the continued slowdown in Europe, which has put downward pressure on the region’s economy and on the equity markets of the European Union (EU). The slowdown in the global economic climate is currently being reflected in two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that I monitor on a daily basis. The first is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM). This fund enjoyed a very nice move higher from February through August. But in September, we’ve seen EEM give back much of its gains. The fund now trades below its 50-day moving average, the first indication of more trouble ahead for stocks in the emerging markets. Another area where you would expect to be doing well if the global economy also were going strong is commodities. Conversely, if the global economy is beginning to slow significantly, you also would expect to see a significant decline in commodity prices. If we look at the price action […]

September 22, 2014
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Understanding the Change in the Global ETF Climate

September 29, 2014

Global Climate Change, ETF Style This week, the United Nations is hosting what it calls the UN 2014 Climate Summit, a meeting of world leaders for the purpose of dealing with a gradually warming planet. Now, I’ll leave this politically charged event aside for the moment and flip the focus to another kind of global climate change -- the one that’s taking place in global equity markets right now. Over the weekend, we got several reports out of China that indicated that the world’s second-largest economy now is backsliding on its targeted growth rate in the 7.5% annual range. Then there’s the continued slowdown in Europe, which has put downward pressure on the region’s economy and on the equity markets of the European Union (EU). The slowdown in the global economic climate is currently being reflected in two exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that I monitor on a daily basis. The first is the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets (EEM). This fund enjoyed a very nice move higher from February through August. But in September, we’ve seen EEM give back much of its gains. The fund now trades below its 50-day moving average, the first indication of more trouble ahead for stocks in the emerging markets. Another area where...

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abc
25%
def
25%
ghi
25%
jkl
25%
Name Ticker Date Buy Price Stop Price
number 1 abc 08/30/2009 19.74 17.74
number 2 def 10/13/2009 19.72 17.72
number 3 ghi 05/15/2009 19.35 17.35
number 4 jkl 03/30/2009 20.08 17.08