Video: Chris Versace on Retail Spending

Will lower gas prices will boost holiday spending? FBN’s Liz MacDonald and Fabian Wealth Strategies’ Thematic Growth Portfolio manager Chris Versace discuss their outlook for holiday retail sales.

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Video Update: U.S. Equity Markets (Charts)

In this week’s video, Doug shows you data and charts showing current market action, and teaches you how to watch the markets by following ETFs. Doug also shows data on long-term interest rates and treasury bond trends, as well as discussing oil and energy prices in the U.S., and the top ETFs available for investors.

Watch the video to see the charts and detailed information here.


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Doug’s View of the Emerging Markets Right Now

Download the complete list of Exchange Traded Funds here! We have made the format easier to digest and understand, and we think it’s a great resource for you as you consider investing with ETFs.

Here are the reasons Doug likes investing in the emerging markets right now:

  • Price point: stocks in the emerging markets are less expensive than much of the world
  • Demographics: more young people and fewer retirees
  • Middle-class movement: more workers moving economically upward
  • Economic growth and more discretionary income for emerging market workers
  • Short-term downtrend, which should turn into good new buying opportunities
  • Good growth opportunity for your portfolio

If you have questions about the emerging markets and how they might fit into your portfolio, please call our offices at 800-391-1118 or email askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com.

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Doug Fabian’s new podcast now available on iTunes!

We wanted to let you know about the exciting launch of Doug’s new podcast, “Doug Fabian’s ETF Strategies,” which is available now on iTunes.

Each Friday, Doug will review all of the latest market action during the week, including all of the financial news you care about. You’ll also learn all about the latest and greatest innovations in the world of exchange-traded funds (ETFs).

The newest feature of the podcast is an in-depth discussion of a new ETF strategy each week. By using iTunes, it’s now easier than ever before to listen to the podcast on your smartphone or via your computer through the iTunes software. In fact, we encourage you to go to iTunes and sign up for Doug’s latest podcast right now. Doing so will allow you to get the latest updates as soon as they become available, and you’ll always have each episode ready for a listen at your convenience.

Click here to subscribe to Doug Fabian’s ETF Strategies on iTunes,

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New Podcast: “Doug Fabian’s ETF Strategies” Begins TODAY!

TODAY, we are switching to our Friday broadcast: Doug Fabian’s ETF Strategies! This is big news for us as we are spreading out our influence by putting our podcast on iTunes, in order to make this show more accessible and even better.

Doug has been broadcasting weekly for 14 years, and he has not intention of changing that now – we’re just changing the date and improving our reach and content in order to serve you better. So tune in every Friday for our new radio broadcast and don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes here!

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Video Update: September Numbers

Watch the full video update HERE. Doug is a big believer that you should monitor the 200-day moving average of specific stocks, ETFs or sectors, so that you can stay educated and up-to-date on your investments and the buying opportunities that might be just around the corner in October.

For Doug’s complete thoughts on the September numbers, what’s coming up in October, and what’s new in ETFs, please watch the full video here.

If you have questions about this topic and how it relates to your investment portfolio, please call our offices at 800-391-1118 or email askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com.

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What’s up at Pimco?

There are a lot of people in the financial world who would like to see bad news in the world of ETFs, because ETFs are growing so rapidly that it’s taking money from mutual funds and other large money managers. One recent story in particular is making waves in the financial world, and that is the SEC looking into ticker symbol BOND, and Bill Gross’ resignation at Pimco.

For more details on this story, see these news articles:

WSJ: Pimco ETF Draws Probe by SEC

CNN Money: Bill Gross exit could cost Pimco $400 billion

LA Times: How Bill Gross and Pimco got too big for each other

Bloomberg: Gross’s Last Defiance Stuns Allianz, Pimco in Janus Move

For Doug’s complete thoughts on this recent news story, please listen to the full podcast here. As always, please call our offices if you have any concerns about your specific portfolio and what this news means for you: 800-391-1118.

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Retirement Planning Lessons

A quick announcement: the Monday Morning Financial Market Review broadcast will be moving to Fridays on October 3rd! Next week you’ll get two broadcasts – one on Monday and one on Friday, so be sure to tune in – the week after, the first week of October, we will move our broadcast to Fridays every week.

In the last two months, Doug and his team have reviewed 40 retirement plans, and he has some feedback and things for investors to think about as you consider retirement, based on his recent observations. Here are his retirement pointers:

  • Do not have significant amounts of money at a local bank or credit union – it’s not secure enough and you don’t get enough return on your savings
  • Cash is not an investment strategy, so consider your long-term goals
  • Be aware of assumptions about Social Security, Medicare and pensions – prepare for the unexpected
  • Stay on top of your expenses, especially health care
  • Know what your investment returns and income will be
  • Manage your risk, especially in the equity markets
  • Manage and monitor your taxes (they will be going up!)
  • It’s best to have no mortgage or, if you must, downsize in order to make that possible in retirement

Be sure to tune in to next week’s broadcast and stay abreast of the news and our perspective on the coming volatility in the markets. If you want to speak to Doug about your portfolio and get his perspective on your unique situation, please call our office at 800-391-1118 for a complimentary retirement review.

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Video Update: Global Growth is Slowing

In our opinion, we’re starting to see a different kind of price movement in the international financial markets. Commodity prices (oil, agriculture, precious metals) have all been going down lately, and that’s a sign that the global growth is not as strong as many people have previously thought.

There’s also been a sharp correction in the emerging markets, so please watch the full video here for price charts and details. If you have questions about the content of this video or would like a personalized investment portfolio evaluation, please call our offices at 800-391-1118.

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President Obama’s Legacy, Part 4

For the last few weeks, we’ve been talking about President Obama’s legacy and what that means for investors. The news stories we’re seeing, that informs our perspective, are about all-time-high tax receipts, 46 million Americans on food stamps and growing and 90 million Americans are no longer working.

The big takeaway is the word: complacency. There’s a high degree of complacency in the investing world, just like those public employees who know that, by and large, they can’t get fired. These kinds of jobs and situations breed complacency in our culture, and that has crept into the investing mindset as well.

There’s been quite a bit of time passed since the last financial crisis, and we are no longer licking our wounds from that. “Buy and Hold” thinking is back, and the stock market seems to be recovered and doing well – which can cause major complacency. It’s been three years since we’ve had a major stock market correction, and most people seem to think that it’s going to keep climbing. This is abnormal for the financial markets, and we think that this is something to really watch out for. Complacency can be your worst enemy when it comes to your investment portfolio, and we believe that you must watch out for this, as President Obama and his cohorts in Washington are sowing the seeds for the next financial crisis. Be prepared to take risk off the table and be prepared for the upset that will surely come from the policies of President Obama over the last few years.

If you have questions about this topic and how it relates to your investment portfolio, please call our offices at 800-391-1118 or email askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com.

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