In This Issue:
- Central Banks Are at it Again
- An ETF for the Next Cyber Attack
ETF Talk: Energy Fund Powers Portfolios
- ‘ETF Success with Doug Fabian’ Goes National!
- On Age and Patience
Central Banks are at it Again
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During the past two trading sessions, we’ve seen a very nice move higher in the major averages. The Dow surged more than 300 points Thursday, and midway through Friday trade, the Industrials were up more than 100 points.
Solid earnings reports from the likes of Amazon.com (AMZN), Alphabet (GOOGL), Microsoft (MSFT) and others helped inspire the buying, but the real driver of equity prices during the past two trading sessions has been global central banks.
The central-bank-induced buying began with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi’s “dovish” surprise. Although the ECB left interest rates unchanged, during Draghi’s presser, he suggested that both growth and inflation were facing “downside risks.” He also specifically cited December as a time to “re-examine” current policies.
What the Draghi comments told Wall Street is that the ECB is going to implement more quantitative easing (QE) in December -- and history tells us that when more QE is implemented, nominal stock prices go higher.
Then overnight, we got word from China, where its central bank cut the cost of borrowing by 25 basis points. This isn’t exactly QE, but it’s a dovish move by a major central bank -- and that move is bullish for global equities (and hopefully for the Chinese economy).
The move higher during the past couple of weeks has pushed the major domestic indices back above their respective 200-day moving averages.
After the steep plunge in August and another plunge in late September, the move so far in October has been a welcome turn of events for the bulls.
Now the question is: when do you buy back into stocks if you have cash to put to work?
That’s the very issue we’re addressing right now in my Successful ETF Investing newsletter. Last week, we added some targeted sector positions for both growth investors and investors looking for aggressive buys.
And, if the market continues to move higher, we could soon get a technical buy signal that would give us the go-ahead to move into stocks big time.
If you want to be ready to buy the right funds, and at the right time, then subscribe to Successful ETF Investing right now!
Hackers Cost Us $400 Billion Last Year
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Join host Doug Fabian and a panel of cybersecurity experts in our free webinar, Investing in the Solutions to Cybersecurity Threats. In it, you’ll learn all about the world’s first cybersecurity ETF, trends and investment themes in the booming cybersecurity sector and more.
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An ETF for the Next Cyber Attack
Cybersecurity is a serious problem.
From the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, to MIT, to American Airlines and Ashley Madison -- the cyber hits just keep rolling along and doing serious damage to the U.S. economy.
During the past several years, the volume of high-profile attacks has sparked a massive demand for cyber defense.
What that means for you is the opportunity to profit from one of the most innovative ETFs to come to market during the past few years, the PureFunds ISE Cyber Security ETF (HACK).
I really believe in this fund, which is why I recently hosted a free online webinar featuring a panel of cybersecurity experts, as well as investment experts from PureFunds.
Now, I am happy to tell you that a replay of that free webinar is available for viewing right now.
If you want to understand the cybersecurity boom and how to properly invest in this burgeoning area, this free webinar is a must.
I guarantee you’ll feel more secure knowing that some great companies are out there waging the cyber war against hackers, identity thieves and other nefarious sorts.
ETF Talk: Energy Fund Powers Portfolios
Funds that focus on specific sectors of the market give investors the ability to target niches of the S&P 500. In this case, the sector in question is energy. The second exchange-traded fund (ETF) in our new series on SPDR’s specific sector ETFs, Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), tracks the Energy Select Sector Index, which concerns itself primarily with companies in the oil and natural gas businesses, as well as energy equipment.
View the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of XLE at ETFU.com.
The current year has been a rough one for the energy industry, and it shows in XLE’s chart, below, as the fund is down 11.66% year to date. However, its current dividend yield of 2.93% may be enough to attract some attention to the fund as the market hopefully emerges from its bearish trajectory. And this fund also has an expense ratio of just 0.14%.
XLE also is a fairly small fund currently, with only $12.7 million in assets managed. This amount falls beneath my recommended threshold for investment. However, this ETF’s strategy is one that is worth bringing to your attention. My view is that the more knowledge you have as an investor, the better you can make informed decisions.
XLE invests a sizeable 62.6% of its total assets in the top 10 companies it holds. Oil giants Exxon Mobile (XOM) and Chevron (CVX) are at the top of the list, with holdings of 17.96% and 12.51%, respectively. Other holdings include Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB), 7.52%; Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), 4.11%; and EOG Resources, Inc. (EDG), 4.02%.
If a strong focus on the energy sector seems broadly appealing to you, you may want to take a look at Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE). In this column next week, I’ll have another sector highlighted for your consideration.
Remember to look for the current price, volume, performance and top 10 holdings of XLE at ETFU.com.
If you want my advice about buying and selling specific ETFs, including appropriate stop losses, please consider subscribing to my Successful ETF Investing newsletter.
As always, I am happy to answer any of your questions about ETFs, so do not hesitate to send me an e-mail. You just may see your question answered in a future ETF Talk.
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'ETF Success with Doug Fabian’ Goes National!
Are you a regular listener to my radio show, “ETF Success with Doug Fabian”?
If not, then I hope you soon will be, and here’s your chance.
Today, I am very excited to announce that my weekly radio show is now syndicated nationally throughout the Salem radio network.
The table below shows the station, city and day and time the show will be aired (check your local listing for start dates, as not all stations carry the show yet).
The syndication of “ETF Success with Doug Fabian” is something I’ve been looking forward to for some time, and it’s a dream come true for me.
|WAFS-AM ||Business Radio 1190 ||Atlanta ||Sundays 6:00 am |
|WGKA-AM ||AM 920 The Answer ||Atlanta ||Sundays 10:00 am |
|WHK-AM ||AM 420 The Answer ||Cleveland ||Sundays 6:00 am |
|WTOH-FM ||89.8 FM The Answer ||Columbus ||Sundays 5:00 pm |
|KVCE-AM ||AM 1160 The Business Authority ||Dallas ||Sundays 2:00 pm |
|WDTK-AM ||News Talk 1400 ||Detroit ||Sundays 8:00 am |
|KGU-AM ||AM 760 Business Radio ||Honolulu ||Wednesdays 2:00 pm |
|KNTH-AM ||AM 1070 The Answer ||Houston ||Weekdays 9:00 pm |
|KHTE-FM ||96.5 FM The Answer ||Little Rock ||Saturdays 8:00 am |
|WGTK-AM ||AM 970 The Answer ||Louisville ||Saturdays 7:00 am |
|WZAB-AM ||AM 880 Business Radio ||Miami ||Sundays 2:00 pm |
|KYCR-AM ||AM 1570 Business Radio ||Minneapolis ||Sundays 6:00 am |
|WNYM-AM ||AM 970 The Answer ||New York ||Sundays 4:00 pm |
|WBZW-AM ||AM 1520 Business Radio ||Orlando ||Saturdays 8:00 am |
|WNTP-AM ||News Talk 990 AM ||Philadelphia ||Sundays 9:00 am |
|KKNT-AM ||960 AM The Patriot ||Phoenix ||Saturdays 5:00 am |
|WPGP-AM ||AM 1250 The Answer ||Pittsburgh ||Saturdays and Sundays 5:00 pm |
|KSAC-FM ||Money 105.5 FM ||Sacramento ||Saturdays 9:00 am |
|KLUP-AM ||AM 930 The Answer ||San Antonio ||Saturdays 6:00 pm |
|KCBQ-AM ||AM 1170 The Answer ||San Diego ||Sundays 3:00 pm |
|KDOW-AM ||AM 1220 Business Radio ||San Francisco ||Sundays 8:00 am |
|KKOL-AM ||AM 1300 Business Radio ||Seattle ||Wednesdays 3:00 pm |
|KLFE-AM ||AM 1590 The Answer ||Seattle ||Saturdays 1:00 pm |
|WGUL-AM ||AM 860 The Answer ||Tampa ||Saturdays 5:00 pm |
|WWRC-AM ||AM 1260 The Answer ||Wash. DC ||Sundays 4:00 pm |
I hope you’ll join me in living this dream each week, on the station, day and time near you.
On Age and Patience
“One problem with age is that patience begins to ebb.”
-- Carl Hiaasen
Carl Hiaasen is a novelist known for his engaging characters, as well as for his great sense of humor. And though his quote here brings about a chuckle, it also tends to be true for many of us. The older we get, the less patient we tend to be, and that’s something we need to keep in mind when it comes to investing.
Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote you’d like me to share with your fellow readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my audio podcast, newsletters, seminars or anything else. Ask Doug.
In case you missed it, I encourage you to read my e-letter column from last week on Eagle Daily Investor about why investors are piling into precious metals ETFs. I also invite you to comment in the space provided below my Eagle Daily Investor commentary.
All the best,
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