S&P 500 Shatters All-time Closing High Record

The S&P 500 broke the record high set last month surging on news of the U.S. and China agreeing to move forward with trade talks. The S&P 500 rose 0.77% closing at 2,964.33. Investors were not only reacting to the trade talk truce, President Donald Trump also changed his tune on Huawei, the Chinese tech giant that was previously blacklisted. Over the weekend, Trump said, “‘US companies can sell their equipment to Huawei,’” as long as the transactions won’t present a “‘great, national emergency problem,’” CNN reports. Based on the…

MOM ETF’s Secret Sauce? —The Momentum Factor

Using a strategy that provides exposure to the momentum factor, the AGFiQ U.S. Market Neutral Momentum Fund (MOM) is up 4.88% quarter to date, according to XTF data.  MOM seeks results that are in tune with Dow Jones U.S. Thematic Market Neutral Momentum Index. In order for the fund to accomplish its goal, “MOM provides exposure to the ‘momentum’ factor by investing long in U.S. equities that have had above average total returns and shorting those securities that have had below average total returns,” according to the fund’s fact sheet.  The…

5 Best-performing Emerging Markets ETFs of 2019

Emerging markets have had a turbulent year but a number of exchange traded funds, especially those with exposure to technology companies are up as much as 18% year to date.  As of June 20, 2019, the 5 best-performing emerging markets ETFs year to date are: 1. Emerging Markets Internet & Commerce ETF (EMQQ) 18.94% YTD The Emerging Markets Internet & Commerce ETF (EMQQ) follows the EMQQ Index which offers investors exposure to growth of online consumption in countries such as India, China, Brazil, Turkey and others. “To be included, the companies…

Top 3 ETF Opportunities & Risks in 2019 | ETF Trends

The top risks for investors in today’s volatile markets are emotion-driven behavior, corrections, and performance-chasing. Prime opportunities include solid portfolio construction framework, product innovation, and complimenting core positions, trends identified in a panel discussion as part of Charles Schwab’s ETF Week.  What to Watch Out For In volatile times with big valuation swings, investors can let emotions get the best of them. These emotions can lead to sub-optimal behavior, said D.J. Tierney, Director, Client Portfolio Strategist, Charles Schwab Investment Management. “The real contributing element to this is when they don’t…

Lydon Talks Hot Trends on TD Ameritrade Network’s ‘The Watch List’

ETF Trends CEO Tom Lydon visited the Nasdaq MarketSite at Times Square on Tuesday afternoon to discuss hot ETF market trends on TD Ameritrade Network’s ‘The Watch List’. Speaking with host Nicole Petallides, Lydon shared his expertise on some of the biggest ETF opportunities in today’s economic climate. He said there a number of trends at play indicating where investors’ heads are at in today’s market, saying “more money is going into fixed income with less concern about duration and less concern about the threat of rising interest rates.” “This is…