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Don’t Let Home-Bias Investing Trip You Up

The total U.S. stock market has gained over 20% during the past year and is doing great. But for U.S. investors that are under-weighted to foreign stocks, it’s not so great. Why? Because foreign stocks have convincingly outperformed U.S. equities, thereby causing a performance deficit. What’s the problem?

The tendency of investors to concentrate and tilt their stock and bond holdings toward their home country is referred to as “home-bias investing.”

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Posted in Asia Pacific, Asset Allocation, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Fox Feed, Frontier Markets, Global Economy, Global Real Estate, Investor Behavior & Psychology, Japan, Latin America, NASDAQ Feed, Partner Feeds, Portfolio Management, U.S. Stock Market, Yahoo Feed
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Factors that Should Influence Your Investments

If you asked a thousand different people about the key factors that should drive their investment choices, you’re bound to get a thousand different answers.

Some, for example, might be inclined to argue that U.S. stocks (NYSEARCA:SCHB) have increased for eight consecutive years and there’s no reason to make any portfolio changes because stock prices are still rising.

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Posted in Asset Allocation, Bonds, Cash and Money Market Funds, Central Banks, Commodities, diversification, ETF, Fox Feed, Global Economy, Gold, Investor Behavior & Psychology, Leveraged Long/Short ETFs, NASDAQ Feed, Partner Feeds, Portfolio Management, Retirement Planning, U.S. Economy, U.S. Government Debt, U.S. Real Estate, U.S. Stock Market, Volatility VIX, Yahoo Feed
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Energy Sector Crushes Conventional Wisdom

Never mind the abysmal results of first quarter earnings for the depressed energy sector. It doesn’t matter.

And never mind the conventional wisdom of group-think and scary analyst warnings like,  “Energy stocks are in deep trouble because Q1 losses will mark the first time any sector in the S&P 500 has reported an aggregate loss since Q4 2008.”

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Posted in Fox Feed, Fundamental Analysis, Global Economy, Industry Sectors, Investor Behavior & Psychology, Leveraged Long/Short ETFs, NASDAQ Feed, Partner Feeds, Technical Analysis, U.S. Stock Market, Yahoo Feed
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Being a Contrarian Investor Still Pays Off

Contrarian investing takes gumption. Not only are you buying assets that are hated by most investors, but you’re doing it at prices that are depressed. It’s a scary proposition for many people and because it requires such nerves of steel, most don’t do it. Add it to the checklist of reasons why contrarian investing –

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Posted in Asset Allocation, Commodities, Fox Feed, Global Economy, Investor Behavior & Psychology, Leveraged Long/Short ETFs, NASDAQ Feed, Partner Feeds, Portfolio Management, Sentiment Analysis, U.S. Stock Market, Yahoo Feed
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Is a Liquidity Crunch in the Solar Sector Ahead?

Stocks in the solar and alternative energy space are getting crushed. Will it lead to a liquidity crunch?

Since the beginning of the year, the Guggenheim Solar ETF (NYSEARCA:TAN) has lost a stunning 21.80% in value compared to a +0.20% gain for the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY).  

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Posted in Asset Allocation, Fox Feed, Fundamental Analysis, Global Economy, Industry Sectors, NASDAQ Feed, Partner Feeds, Sentiment Analysis, U.S. Stock Market, Yahoo Feed
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