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Update Of 'The Smartest Portfolio You'll Ever Own'Lowell Herr • Aug. 5, 2013
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Wed, Jun. 4, 1:14 PM
- The SPDR MSCI EAFE Quality Mix ETF (QEFA), The SPDR MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Mix ETF (QEMM) and The SPDR MSCI World Quality Mix ETF (QWLD) will each screen for value, low volatility and quality stocks.
- The SPDR Euro Stoxx Small Cap ETF (SMEZ) will also screen for quality companies that offer low volatility and value, but in a niche market sector.
- Other global value ETFs: EFV, GVAL, EVAL, TLTD, TLTE
Wed, Jan. 22, 3:45 PM
- The Market Vectors MSCI International Quality ETF (QXUS) and the MSCI International Quality Dividend ETF (QDXU) will both track the MSCI ACWI ex-U.S. Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 42 countries. Both funds have expense ratios of 0.45%.
- Related ETFs: EFA, VEA, EFV, PDN, IEFA, EFAV, DZK, DWM, PIZ, EFG, DTH, DPK, GWX, URTH, EFZ, EFU, IDLV, DBEF, PXF, MFLA, EFO, ADRD, TLTD, FNDF, IFSM, IDHQ, FWDI, FDTS, FDT, IDHB, IDV, SDIV, DWX, PID, DTN, LVL, FGD, DOO, DOL, DEW, IDOG, HGI, DVYA, IQDF, IQDY, IQDE, WDIV, FIEG
- The Market Vectors MSCI Emerging Markets Quality ETF (QEM) and the MSCI Emerging Markets Quality Dividend ETF will both track the MSCI Emerging Markets High Dividend Yield Index which includes large and mid-cap stocks across 19 emerging market countries.
- Related ETFs: EEM, VWO, DEM, EDC, DGS, EDZ, EEMV, EEB, SCHE, EDIV, IEMG, DVYE, BIK, EEV, EWX, BKF, PIE, CEW, ADRE, HILO, EUM, FNI, EET, GMM, PXH, EEMS, BBRC, EELV, FEMS, EEME, EMDD, BICK, DBEM, EMCR, FEM, EWEM, EVAL, JEM, EMBB, EMLB, TLTE, EEHB, EGRW, FNDE, EMSA, EMHD, EMDR, EMFT
Thu, Jan. 2, 3:57 PM
- Mebane Faber updates countries' cyclically-adjusted price-earnings ratios (CAPE) for the start of the year, and Greece, Russia, Ireland, Argentina, Hungary, Jordan, Austria, and Lebanon make the list of the cheapest - all under 10.
- How did the CAPE do in 2013? If you bought the 5 highest-priced countries - Peru, Colombia, Indonesia, Mexico, and Chile - you would have lost 17.8%. If you bought the 5 cheapest - Greece, Ireland, Argentina, Russia, and Italy - you would have gained 20.7%.
- 2014's full list is here (subscription required).
- Related ETFs: EFA, VEA, EFV, PDN, EFAV, IEFA, DWM, DZK, EFG, PIZ, DTH, DPK, GWX, EFZ, URTH, EFU, IDLV, DBEF, MFLA, EFO, PXF, ADRD, TLTD, IFSM, IDHQ, FNDF, FWDI, FDT, FDTS, IDHB
Nov. 11, 2013, 2:56 PM
- Up more than 20% YTD, the Global X FTSE Greece ETF (GREK -0.6%) remains maybe the cheapest ETF in the world, writes Paul Baiocchi, with a trailing P/E ratio of just 1x. To put this in perspective, the next cheapest single-country ETF is one for Russia at 5.6x earnings, still 5x more expensive (based on earnings) than Greece.
- Typically something is only this cheap ahead of an anticipated bankruptcy or massive earnings miss, but how much of Greece's troubles are in the rear-view mirror at this point? The only global value fund - the iShares' MSCI EAFE Value ETF (EFV) - gives Greece just an 8% weighting, but Greece has recently been reclassified as an emerging market. Might the country's shares soon show up in the MSCI Emerging Markets Value ETF (EVAL)?
- "If you’re a traditional value investor, [the 20% move] could prove to be just the beginning," says Biaiocchi.
Oct. 17, 2013, 5:25 AM
- Global equities are mostly lower after Washington approved a deal to finance the U.S. government until January 15 and raise the debt limit so that the country can continue to increase its borrowing until February 7.
- The short-term nature of the agreement has markets wary of another stand-off in another three months or so.
- Japan +0.8%, Hong Kong -0.6%, China -0.2%, India -0.4%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.6%, London -0.4%, Paris -0.7%, Frankfurt -0.6%, Milan -0.6%, Madrid -0.3%.
- U.S. Stock futures: Dow -0.4%. S&P -0.25%. Nasdaq -0.1%
- ETFs: ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, MFSA, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, PFA, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH
Oct. 8, 2013, 4:50 AM
- Asian shares mostly rise as Chinese stocks climb 1.1% on the first day of trading following a week-long national holiday, with retailers and property developers boosted by higher sales during the period. The Shanghai Composite rose despite a dip in HSBC services PMI data.
- European shares are mostly lower as the deadlock in Washington continues, although U.S. stock futures are up following losses on Wall Street yesterday.
- Japan +0.3%, Hong Kong +0.9%, India +0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.05%, London -0.3%, Paris -0.3%, Frankfurt flat, Milan +0.2%, Madrid -0.2%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow +0.1%. S&P +0.2%. Nasdaq +0.2%
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, FXI, GXC, PGJ, YAO, FCHI, PEK, CAF, YXI, XPP, FXP, MCHI, YINN, YANG, TCHI, CHXF, KFYP, HAO, ECNS.
Oct. 7, 2013, 4:14 AM
- Global equities are lower after John Boehner said the GOP won't agree to support legislation to finance the government or raise the debt ceiling until the Democrats agree to talks about reducing the deficit.
- "The U.S. shutdown saga is starting to really roil markets," says Capital Spreads trader Jonathan Sudaria. "What was once thought to be a case of chest thumping by politicians may have been underestimated by markets."
- Japan -1.2%, Hong Kong -0.8%, China closed. India -0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -1.1%, London -0.7%, Paris -1.3%, Frankfurt -1.2%, Milan -0.4%, Madrid -0.8%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.9%. S&P -1%. Nasdaq -1%.
- Crude -1% to $102.82, Gold +0.05% to $1310.60.
- U.S. Dollar index -0.2%.
- Ten-year Treasury yield -3 bps to 2.62%.
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS
Oct. 2, 2013, 5:16 AM
- European shares and U.S. stock futures are mostly lower as investors start to get more than a tad concerned that the government shutdown in America might drag on longer than expected. Markets are also focusing on an ECB policy meeting later, when the bank is expected to leave interest rates at 0.5%.
- Japanese shares dropped 2.3% as the yen rose against the dollar, and investors analyzed the government's sales-tax increase and stimulus package.
- Stocks rose elsewhere in Asia, though, helped by a strong ISM manufacturing report in the U.S.
- Hong Kong +0.6%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.3%, London -0.9%, Paris -0.7%, Frankfurt -0.6%, Milan +0.9%, Madrid -0.1%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.5%. S&P -0.7%. Nasdaq -0.5%
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EWJ, NKY, EWV, EZJ, ITF, JSC, JPP, DXJ, SCJ, DFJ, FJP, JPNL, JPNS, DXJS, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS.
Sep. 30, 2013, 4:48 AM
- Equities are lower in most places around the world as the U.S. government heads for a shutdown at midnight tonight and Italy's government faces collapse.
- However, European shares remain near five-year highs and are on course for their best quarter in two years.
- Japan -2.1% to 14455.8. Hong Kong -1.5% to 22860. China +0.7%, India -1.3%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.8%, London -0.8%, Paris -0.9%, Frankfurt -1%, Milan -1.6%, Madrid -1%.
- U.S. futures: Dow -0.7%. S&P -0.7%. Nasdaq -0.5%
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVY
Sep. 25, 2013, 4:54 AM
- Global equities are lower as the deadline for a U.S. budget deal draws closer and investors wonder what the Fed will do next after it backed out of tapering last week.
- "We're not seeing a post-Fed party as perhaps the market was initially expecting and that's causing some safe-haven flows," says FXPro chief economist Simon Smith.
- The USD-JPY is -0.2% to ¥98.52 and gold is +0.4% to $1.321.20. The U.S. dollar index is -0.1%.
- In Japan, Tokyo Electron surges 13.2% on its merger with Applied Materials.
- Japan -0.8%, Hong Kong +0.1%, China -0.4%, India -0.9%.
- EU Stoxx 50 -0.1%, London -0.1%. Paris -0.1%. Frankfurt -0.1%, Milan -0.15%, -0.2%.
- U.S. stock futures: Dow -0.4%, S&P -03%, Nasdaq flat.
- ETFs: EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR. AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA
Sep. 18, 2013, 5:25 AM
- Global equities are mainly higher as markets await the word from the FOMC later in the day, when the Fed is expected to announce that it's going to start tapering its bond-buying program.
- Japan +1.4%, Hong Kong -0.3%, China +0.3%, India +0.3%.
- EU Stoxx 50 +0.5%, London +0.1%, Paris +0.4%, Frankfurt +0.3%, Milan +0.5%, Madrid +0.8%.
- U.S. futures: Dow +0.1%, S&P +0.1%, Nasdaq +0.3%.
- ETFs: EZU, VGK, FEZ, EPV, IEV, ADRU, FEP, FDD, UPV, EPV, DFE, FEU, FEEU, EFA, IEFA, VEA, ADRD, MFLA, EFO, MFSA, EFU, PDN, PIZ, EFZ, PXF, EFG, EFV, DZK, DPK, IDLV, DTH, DWM, URTH, FDTS, ADRA, AIA, VPL, ASDR, AAXJ, AXJS, EPP, GMF, GMFS, AXJL, UXJ, JPX, PAF, ASEA, EEMA, DVYA
Jun. 5, 2013, 11:38 AMThere's another index change at Vanguard, with the firm's Tax-Managed International Fund (VEA) now tracking the FTSE Developed ex-North America Index instead of the MSCI EAFE Index (EFA). Vanguard began its shift away from MSCI last fall, causing a cratering in the shares, but they've retaken all of the lost ground. | Comment!
Mar. 18, 2013, 8:47 AMWhile the currency-hedged Japan ETF has been the hit of the season, investors exposed more generally to overseas stocks - say through the EFA - also have an ETF to protect against sliding foreign currencies, the DBA ETF Trust (DBEF). The fund provides the exact same exposure as the EFA, but hedges against currency movement. When the dollar shines, so will the fund, +10.6% YTD vs. 5.3% for EFA. | Comment!
Feb. 12, 2013, 10:46 AMThe Dogs of the Dow system doesn't work that well, according to the Leuthold Group, which instead suggests the "bridesmaid" strategy - buying the previous year's 2nd best performing sector. It would have returned 15% annualized over the past 40 years. 2012's runner-up and 2013's buy: Foreign stocks (EFA). | 1 Comment
Jan. 7, 2013, 12:18 PMAnother new launch quickly attracting assets is the iShares Core MSCI EAFE ETF (IEFA). With $280M AUM, the fund has an expense ratio of 14 bps vs. 34 bps for the (also iShares) MSCI EAFE ETF (EFA), with $38B AUM. The IEFA holds about triple the number of stocks as the EFA and has returned 7.9% since late-October inception, about 100 bps better than its big brother. | Comment!
Jan. 1, 2013, 12:00 PM
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