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EQL vs. ETF Alternatives
The ALPS Equal Sector Weight ETF is an ETF of ETFs that delivers exposure to the US Large Cap Equity market by investing equal proportions in each of the 9 Select Sector SPDRs, and rebalancing quarterly. The nine Sector SPDRs are Materials (XLB), Health Care (XLV), Consumer Staples (XLP), Consumer Discretionary (XLY), Energy (XLE), Financials (XLF), Industrials (XLI), Technology (XLK) & Utilities (XLU). EQL delivers moderate, yet meaningful exposure to every sector of the market, providing investors with the following potential advantages: Diversification, Opportunity to participate in a market rally in any sector, Reduction in the negative impact of a crash in any individual sector & Transparent sector allocations.
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Saturday, Mar 159:00 AM
Saturday, Mar 159:00 AM| 10 Comments
- They're still playing sports highlights at the greasy spoons in Boston, says Jeremy Grantham, not too worried about stocks being in a bubble. Harking back to a real bubble, Grantham remembers 2000, when the Celtics were displaced by CNBC's breathless coverage at these same joints.
- Numbers make the same argument: The S&P 500 at 1,860 is only about 1-2 standard deviations outside the normal distribution of stock levels. To get to a two-sigma event - and a bubble - would require an S&P 30% higher than where it is now.
- "There is an enormous creative tension for a sensible investor," says Grantham. The market is overvalued, but not absurdly so, and then there's the Fed backstop. "On a shorter time horizon, you can get whacked around the head, as we have been frequently."
- So what's he buying? Emerging markets and value stocks in Europe are only selling at about fair value. In the U.S., high-quality stocks are not nearly as overpriced as the rest of the market (isn't the S&P 500 supposed to be "high-quality" stocks?). The Wells Fargo Advantage Absolute Return Fund (managed by GMO) has a 49% global equity allocation - high considering GMO's belief stocks are so overvalued - but Grantham expects the weighting to move down to 38% by October, which would be more inline with GMO's expectations of future equity returns.
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, NY, JKD, FEX, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, PXLC, ERW, ALTL, SYE
Friday, Mar 147:37 AM
Friday, Mar 147:37 AM| Comment!
- "The creaks and groans in the copper price reflect the sound of the tunnel supports giving way," writes SocGen professional bear Al Edwards. "Decoupling" is the "most dangerous word in finance," he says, and slumping metals prices isn't just about some temporary local issues in China. "Do not rely on decoupling. Do not rely on central bank liquidity. Do not reply on hope. Hope is a false friend in these markets."
- The price of copper has slid to about a 4-year low this week (though it's up 1% this morning), amid China's slowing economy and fears of a for-the-books credit bust-up.
- Copper ETFs: JJC, CPER, CUPM
- Broad market ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, NY, JKD, FEX, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, PXLC, ERW, ALTL, SYE
Monday, Mar 312:27 PM
Monday, Mar 312:27 PM| Comment!
- The contrarian read flashes a "buy" signal when the sell-side shows extreme bearishness (it's been in buy mode for about the last two years), and hollers "sell" when the pros get too bullish (the last sell signal was 2007).
- Sharply rising since late year, the indicator is near crossing from "buy" territory to neutral, but hasn't gotten there yet after coming in at 54 for the 2nd straight month.
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, NY, FEX, JKD, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, PXLC, ERW, ALTL, SYE
Friday, Feb 212:48 PM
Friday, Feb 212:48 PM| 9 Comments
- Maybe sensing the moderate early-2014 selloff is done with, investors poured $13.4B into equities in the latest week, according to BAML - the strongest in 12 weeks and bringing YTD equity asset-gathering back to flat.
- Emphasizing the risk appetite theme, flows into high-yield bonds of $2.4B were the highest in 17 weeks, and money-market funds saw outflows of $40.45B after receiving inflows of $11.55B the previous week.
- Still, emerging market debt and equity continues to be sold. In fact, outflows from EM equities over the past four weeks have risen to 2.2% of AUM - just shy of the 3% level which signals a contrarian "buy" signal, says BAML.
- Turning into a pretty good contrarian signal himself, is Hugh Hendry, who dropped his multi-year caution in December to get "long pretty much anything." His Eclectica Fund subsequently lost 3.6% in January - its worst monthly tally ever.
- Related ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, NY, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, PWB, JKE, EZY, IWX, FTC, EEH, SPXH, JKF, SFK, TRSK, RWG, FWDD, FNDX, PXLC, ERW, PXLV, GVT, SYG, ALTL, PXLG, SYE, SYV, IELG
Tuesday, Feb 1110:07 AM
Tuesday, Feb 1110:07 AM| 31 Comments
- Making the rounds on trading desks is this chart of the DJIA (DIA) of the last 18 months superimposed on a chart of the index during the same time frame in 1928-1929. The short version: If form holds, the market is set for another epic crash.
- In the more nuanced version, the chart says little except for again proving the hardwired tendency of the human brain to see patterns where none exist, and one is reminded of similar exercises over the past few years making the case for the Dow breaching its financial crisis lows.
- Technical guru Tom DeMark, however, is starting to believe: “Originally, I drew [the chart] for entertainment purposes only ... Now it’s evolved into something more serious.”
- Tom McClellan: "There is no guarantee that the market has to continue following through with every step of the 1929 pattern. But between now and May 2014, there is plenty of reason for caution.”
- Large-cap ETFs: SPY, QQQ, SH, DIA, SSO, SDS, PSQ, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, VOO, SPLV, TQQQ, QID, PRF, SPXL, SPXS, RSP, DOG, SQQQ, QLD, DXD, RWL, EPS, UDOW, SDOW, USMV, DDM, VV, SCHX, IWB, NY, SPHB, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, JKD, FEX, VONE, TRND, SFLA, EQL, BXUC, ROLA, QQXT, BXDB, EEH, ONEK, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, EWRI, TNDQ, PXLC, LGLV, ALTL, SYE
Wednesday, Feb 51:46 PM
Wednesday, Feb 51:46 PM| 2 Comments
- A contrarian indicator? With equities selling off hard, AAII's sentiment survey for the week ending Jan. 29 shows a 590 bps drop in bullish sentiment to 32.2%, and a 900 bps increase in bearish sentiment to 32.8%. Neutral sentiment is down 310 bps to 35.1%.
- Bullish sentiment is now well below a long-term average of 39%, and bearish sentiment moderately above a long-term average of 30.5%.
- ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, JKD, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FSE, PXLC, FSU, FWDD, ALTL
Monday, Feb 312:55 PM
Monday, Feb 312:55 PM| Comment!
- BAML's Sell Side Consensus indicator - reliably flashing a Buy on stocks for more than a year - still reads a Buy, but barely so. The indicator is a contrarian signal - when readings show extreme bearishness on equities, it's bullish for stocks.
- Rising bullishness among the sell-side has brought the gauge to nearly a Neutral reading, but it remains far below the level necessary to generate a Sell call.
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, NY, JKD, FEX, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FWDD, PXLC, ALTL, SYE
Tuesday, Jan 71:12 PM
Tuesday, Jan 71:12 PM| Comment!
- The future looks like the recent past to Citi Private Bank, which - in its 2014 outlook - says stocks have room to run, but beware fixed income. Citi's projections are based on its Adaptive Valuation Strategies which looks at long-term valuation averages to gauge what an asset might offer in the coming decade.
- "Our long-term AVS return estimates for government, investment-grade corporate and high-yield bonds are only 1.9%, 3.4% and 2.9% respectively. The recent rise in bond yields has helped emerging markets where estimated returns have now risen to 5.1%."
- Don't toss away fixed-income entirely, says Citi, but instead cut duration exposure, look for credit risk instead of rate risk, diversify into MLPs, REITs, and dividend stocks, and favor floating-rate investments.
- Broad fixed-income ETFs: AGG, BOND, BND, BSV, BIV, BLV, SCHZ, LAG, SAGG, ILTB, ISTB, GVI, GBF, FWDB, MINC, GIY, AGND, AGZD
- Broad equity ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, MGV, FLAG, DOD, JKD, FEX, IWY, EQL, JKE, EZY, PWB, IWX, FTC, EEH, JKF, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, RWG, FNDX, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, PXLG, IELG
Thursday, Dec 262013, 9:35 AM
Thursday, Dec 262013, 9:35 AM| 4 Comments
- Bulls in the AAII Investor Sentiment Index rose 7.6 points to 55.1% in the week ended yesterday, the highest level since early January 2011. The long-term bullish average is 39%.
- Bearish sentiment slumped 6.5 points to 18.5%. The long-term average is 30.5%.
- Broad market ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, EEH, JKF, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
Wednesday, Dec 112013, 12:08 PM
Wednesday, Dec 112013, 12:08 PM| 2 Comments
- "2014 is the year to squeeze more juice out of risk assets. But investors should be ready to discard the fruit when it starts running dry," says BlackRock's Ewen Cameron Watt in the firm's 2014 Investment Outlook. "Beware of traffic jams: easy to get into, hard to get out of."
- Behind the view is the idea central banks (U.S., U.K, Canada, China, to name a few) are poised to begin tightening monetary policy.
- BlackRock doesn't believe stocks are yet in a bubble, but its "risk indicator" - measuring enterprise value against earnings adjusted for volatility - is nearly as high as just before the dotcom bust. "The ratio of the two is the key. High valuations combined with low volatility can make for a lethal mix. This market gauge sounded the alarm well before the Great Financial Crisis."
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, JKF, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, FWDD, PXLC, ALTL, PXLV, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
Friday, Dec 62013, 1:13 PM
Friday, Dec 62013, 1:13 PM| 2 Comments
- "The great peril is not that the Fed finally tightens monetary policy and US stock prices suddenly tumble from what are very obviously overpriced levels," writes Hugh Hendry in his December letter, explaining his new-found bullishness. "The greater peril is that the current backdrop will turn out to mark a rapid acceleration in the ongoing move to the upside."
- In a highly entertaining essay drawing inspiration from the classic Bob Ryan character who popped up on HBO's Entourage for a couple of episodes, Hendry notes the eerie comparison to the markets of 1928, 1982, and 1998 - all ended badly, yes, but participants made plenty of money during the boom phase.
- "Just be long. Pretty much anything."
- Broad large-cap ETFs: PRF, PKW, VUG, VTV, SDOG, VV, SCHX, MGK, DEF, SCHG, SCHV, PWV, FLAG, MGV, DOD, JKD, FEX, EQL, IWY, EZY, JKE, PWB, IWX, FTC, JKF, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, SFK, PXLC, FWDD, PXLV, ALTL, GVT, RWG, FNDX, PXLG, IELG
Thursday, Dec 52013, 11:16 AM
Thursday, Dec 52013, 11:16 AM| 14 Comments
- A "public service" from John Hussman who presents this long-term chart of the S&P 500 (SPY -0.3%) matched against occasions when the Investors Intelligence poll registered Bears at less than 18.5%, the Shiller P/E ratio stood above 19, and the S&P 500 was at a 5-year high: 1973, 1987, 2007, and today.
- Index ETFs: SPY, QQQ, IVE, SH, DIA, SSO, SDS, PSQ, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, SPLV, VOO, QID, PRF, SPXS, SPXL, TQQQ, DOG, RSP, SQQQ, SKF, DXD, QLD, IWF, RWL, EPS, IWD, UDOW, SDOW, DDM, IVW, VV, SPYG, SCHX, IWB, RPG, SPHB, NY, SPYV, BXUB, RPV, VOOG, QQEW, QQQE, JKD, VONE, FEX, VOOV, TRND, EQL, ROLA, SFLA, FBG, BXUC, UKF, FTA, QQXT, ONEK, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, BXDB, UVG, EWRI, PXLC, VONG, VONV, FWDD, TNDQ, LGLV, ALTL, SJF, FIBG
Monday, Dec 22013, 12:43 PM
Monday, Dec 22013, 12:43 PM| Comment!
- "Historically, when our indicator has been this low or lower, total returns over the subsequent 12 months have been positive more than 95% of the time, with median 12-month returns of +27%," says BAML's Savita Subramanian of the Sell Side Indicator.
- The index has moved to a 19-month high as of November 30, but still remains in extreme bearish territory (meaning bullish for stocks). In fact, the level of bearishness is pretty near where it was at the epic March 2009 lows.
- Broad large cap ETFs: PRF, VV, SCHX, JKD, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, PXLC, FWDD, ALTL
Tuesday, Nov 262013, 11:07 AM
Tuesday, Nov 262013, 11:07 AM| 6 Comments
- It's the bull market everyone continues to hate ... BAML's sell-side indicator - a contrarian take based on attitudes of strategists - continues to read in extreme bearish territory, suggesting more gains ahead for stocks. The level of bearishness now is actually greater than that of the March 2009 market bottom.
- Large cap ETFs: SPY, QQQ, SH, DIA, SSO, SDS, PSQ, IVV, SPXU, UPRO, SPLV, VOO, QID, PRF, SPXS, SPXL, TQQQ, DOG, RSP, SQQQ, DXD, QLD, RWL, EPS, UDOW, SDOW, DDM, VV, SCHX, IWB, SPHB, NY, BXUB, QQEW, QQQE, JKD, VONE, EQL, TRND, ROLA, SFLA, BXUC, QQXT, EEH, ONEK, TRSK, SPXH, BXDB, PXLC, FSU, FSE, EWRI, TNDQ, FWDD, LGLV, ALTL
Saturday, Nov 232013, 9:00 AM
Saturday, Nov 232013, 9:00 AM| 35 Comments
- The financial crisis changed nothing, writes Vanguard's Fran Kinniry: Investors continue to chase returns, and have lately been jettisoning fixed income for stocks. Driven by the 4th greatest bull market on record - a cumulative return of 198% since the bottom - global equity allocation for investors has increased to 57% from 38%, and vs. the 20-year median of 51%.
- It's probably time for the typical investor (one with an equity-heavy portfolio) to maintain a prudent allocation by directing new cash flows into bonds, while selling stocks - the exact opposite of where money is flowing today.
- "Rebalancing usually seems counterintuitive at the time when it promises to be most effective," says Finniry. "It can be difficult to implement from a behavioral standpoint and requires incredible discipline." With equities partying and the near-universal belief of higher interest rates on the way, who could blame an investor for not wanting to sell stocks and buy bonds.
- "It is very common following significant gains in the equity markets for investors to question the benefits of rebalancing," but it's never "different this time;" instead it's the "same as it ever was."
- Broad fixed income ETFs: AGG, BOND, BND, BSV, BIV, BLV, SCHZ, LAG, SAGG, ILTB, ISTB, GBF, GVI, MINC, FWDB, GIY
- Broad equity ETFs: VTI, PRF, SCHB, USMV, VV, SCHX, ITOT, ONEQ, IYY, NYC, JKD, EXT, EQL, FVI, EUSA, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FSE, FSU, PXLC, FWDD, TOTS, FNDB, ALTL
Friday, Nov 222013, 1:08 PM
Friday, Nov 222013, 1:08 PM| 4 Comments
- "I cannot look at myself in the mirror," says Hendry at an investor conference. "Everything I have believed in I have had to reject. This environment only makes sense through the prism of trends."
- "I have been prepared to underperform for the fun of being proved right when markets crash. But that could be in three-and-a-half-years' time."
- Fully aware he may be ringing a bell as the last bear to throw in the towel, he tells the audience it would be well within its rights to sell. But for now: "Crashing is the least of my concerns. I can deal with that, but I cannot risk my reputation because we are in this virtuous loop where the market is trending."
- ETFs of note: PRF, VV, SCHX, JKD, EQL, EEH, SPXH, TRSK, FSE, PXLC, FSU, FWDD, ALTL
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