Gold Hits 6-Year High After U.S. Airstrike on Iran

Last Friday’s market session threw its first speed bump of 2020 at investors after a U.S. airstrike on Baghdad resulted in the death of a top Iranian general. Investors flocked to safe havens on fears that the airstrike would result in a larger conflict—this allowed gold to hit a 6-year high. Gold went up 1.5% to reach above the $1,550 per ounce price mark. Silver also went a touch higher to reach above $18 per ounce. The unknown of what this latest development could spark could see more strength for…

Bank ETFs That Could Benefit from Increased M&A Activity

With mergers and acquisition activity picking up, regional banks and financial sector ETFs that track smaller firms could benefit from the increased consolidation. There were 35 deals in the regional banking space last year, the highest number since 1999, and with the 2020 presidential election looming, buyers may be in a hurry to lock in deals in the first half of the year before a potentially new president comes to office, MarketWatch reports. “Bankers might have a short window to get those deals done,” S&P Global Market Intelligence said in…

Why Volvo Is Losing Its Big Lead In Safety

Date: 2019-11-25 17:01:44 The name Volvo has been synonymous with car safety for decades. The brand has often been the first to introduce key safety features that are now common across the car industry. Safety, though, has become a bigger priority for consumers and automakers alike, and that’s causing trouble for Volvo. Automotive technology has improved, regulations have tightened, and other brands are catching up. That’s making it harder and harder for Volvo to keep its lead in car safety. For instance, the Volvo XC40 comes with safety features like…

Emerging Market ETFs Could Be the Play for 2020

As we re-evaluate our investments for the new year, ETF investors should reconsider emerging market exposure to diversify their portfolios. Armando Senra, who runs iShares Americas for BlackRock, sees increasing “interest in China,” which was “always a good play” to include in a portfolio, CNBC reports. “That said, for 2020, I would pivot to emerging markets,” Senra told CNBC. “There’s more room for growth with a pickup in growth globally. You also have the benefit of the availability to make changes in monetary policy. They still have room to move,…

A Marvelous Mid-Cap Idea for the New Year

A Marvelous Mid-Cap Idea for the New Year

Investors looking to make new year’s resolution that will prove to be easy to keep and rewarding may want to resolve to add more mid-cap exposure to their portfolios. That objective can be accomplished with an array of easy-to-understand, cost-effective ETFs, including the iShares Core S&P Mid-Cap ETF (IJH A-). Mid-cap companies are slightly more diversified than their small-cap peers, which allows many mid-sized companies to generate more consistent revenue and cash flow and provide more stable stock prices. Additionally, they are not so big that their size would slow…