Top 4 ETFs to Track European Stocks in 2017

Europe offers a multitude of investment opportunities with a number of indexes that can be tracked for European equity exposure. (See also: An Investor’s Guide to the European Economy.)

Here are some top picks for 2017 as the continent is poised to capitalize on the growth potential in the U.K. and European markets.

Note: Funds were chosen on the basis of performance, comprehensive exposure and assets under management. All…

Hostile Takeover

What is a ‘Hostile Takeover’

A hostile takeover is the acquisition of one company (called the target company) by another (called the acquirer) that is accomplished by going directly to the company’s shareholders or fighting to replace management to get the acquisition approved. A hostile takeover can be accomplished through either a tender offer or a proxy fight.

The key…

Qualcomm Faces Earnings Volatility, Divorce From Apple

Qualcomm Incorporated (QCOM​) is one of the five largest components of the iShares PHLX Semiconductor ETF (SOXX), but it is also the laggard. The semiconductor index has a gain of 39.7% year to date, while Qualcomm stock is down 19.8%. The stock is in bear market territory at 25.6% below its post-election high of $70.24 set on Dec. 13. Qualcomm had been in recovery mode, but with the news that Apple Inc. (AAPL) will be

Fixed Income: A New Smart Beta Frontier

As smart beta has become an increasingly important (and larger) part of the overall exchange traded funds (ETFs) landscape, ETF users, professional and retail alike, have openly wondered when the idea of alternative weighting would make its way to the fixed income space.

The discussion has merit. After all, today’s smart beta universe, both in terms of assets under management and population, is dominated by equity funds….

What is the difference between a buy-side analyst and a sell-side analyst?


The main difference between these two types of analysts is the type of firm that employs them and the people to whom they make recommendations.

A sell-side analyst works for a brokerage or firm that manages individual accounts and makes recommendations to the clients of the firm. Sell-side analysts are those who issue the often-heard recommendations of “strong buy,” “outperform,” “neutral” or “sell.” These…

The Benefits of Starting an IRA for Your Child

While IRAs are well-known among adult investors, they also make excellent savings vehicles for children who, because of their age, are poised to take full advantage of time – and the power of compounding. Your child – regardless of age – can contribute to an IRA provided he or she has earned income from a job. That’s why the start of summer-job season is a good time to talk to your child about starting one. It may…

Halloween Strategy

What is a ‘Halloween Strategy’

A Halloween strategy is an investment technique in which an investor sells stocks before May 1 and refrains from reinvesting in the stock market until October 31, in order to increase capital gains. The Halloween strategy is based on the premise that most capital gains are made between October 31 (Halloween) and May 1, and that the other six months of the year should…

E*Trade Stock Approaches Key Support Levels

E*Trade Financial Corporation (ETFC​) shares have been trending lower over the past month after reaching 52-week highs. Many analysts remain bullish on the stock given the rising interest rate environment that boosts net interest margins along with a $1 billion buyback program that could provide some support to the stock price over time. However, the acquisition of Trust Company of America has added…

Top 4 Inverse Oil ETFs to Short Oil in November 2017

We have selected four exchange-traded funds (ETFs) that concentrate on shorting oil stocks. The funds were selected based on assets under management (AUM) as of Oct. 30, 2017. You would use these investments when you think the price of oil will drop. Note that none of the ETFs short actual oil stocks – instead, they seek performance that is the inverse of an index.

Some of these ETFs are leveraged, meaning they may use

How The 2008 Housing Crash Affected The American Dream


The Great Recession and the ensuing housing collapse in 2008 damaged the so-called “American Dream.” In many ways, the American Dream is a self-fulfilling prophecy, in that it creates optimism that the future will be brighter than today; that people — regardless of their upbringing — can attain their own successes whether it be starting a business, purchasing a home or anything in between.

Optimism, the…