Avoid the first hour of trading, particularly in international markets
Understand “position size”, and what percent of your portfolio you wish to use for which ETFs. Large, diversified ETFs can be “core positions”, sector or industry-based ETFs are typically smaller.
Remember that you have to buy ETFs by “share”, not by dollar amount, and do the math accordingly.
Feel free to build your positions and use small starter positions to get into the ETF world.
Use trading alerts, not stop-loss orders. Trading alerts are less confusing and easier to use.
ETF volume matters. Some ETFs are smaller in volume than others, and you should trade accordingly, buying smaller amounts of smaller ETFs.
Look before you purchase. Look carefully at the ticker symbols and check them twice before you buy. This seems elementary, but mistakes happen and investors need to be careful about what they invest in.
If you have any questions about investing in ETFs, please email Doug at askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com. For more information, please listen to our podcast here.
If you’re sitting with a significant portion of your portfolio out of the market, in cash, we want to remind you that there are many ETF options out there for you that are low-risk and excellent for investors. Also, don’t forget about the international markets – there are great opportunities there and we would love to help you invest in other parts of the world.
The geopolitical scene is a little dicey right now. But, it hasn’t effected the equity markets at all – which leads us to ask – does it even matter? Certainly, accidents can happen and it’s important to keep an eye on international news, we do not think that the geopolitical unrest will effect the markets in any real way, and it doesn’t seem that other investors do, either.
Now, let’s go around the world in Exchange Traded Funds. These are some great ticker symbols for international investing opportunities with ETFs:
VT – Vanguard Total Global Stock Market ETF
IEV – European Union ETF
FXI – China ETF
EEM – Emerging Markets ETF
VWO – Emerging Markets ETF
EWZ – Brazil ETF
RSX – Russia ETF
We hope that you are getting some international exposure in your portfolio. If you are unsure about how to do so, please call our offices at 800-391-1118 for a free consultation.
Investors can go around the world with Exchange Traded Funds. We think that investing internationally in ETFs is one of the best opportunities right now for investors. You can download the complete list of ETFs here, to see what’s available to you.
ETFs are low-cost, transparent, and a great way to invest. If you have a question about how Exchange Traded Funds might work for you, please email askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com.
This week, Doug is taking some well-deserved time off with his family, to celebrate his daughter’s graduation from college. So, there will be no Monday Morning Market Update podcast this week.
Congratulations to the Fabian family and see you all next week! As always, if you have questions or concerns, our offices are open and you can still call 800-391-1118 to talk to a representative or leave a message for Doug.
In the table below, you can see some sectors that were big winners in April, many of which were from the energy sector.
Ticker Name April% Gains
TUR ISHARES MSCI TURKEY ETF 9.31
FCG FIRST TRUST ISE-REV NAT GAS 9.18
UNG US NATURAL GAS FUND LP 8.72
XOP SPDR S&P OIL & GAS EXP & PR 8.05
IPW SPDR S&P INTL ENERGY SECTOR 7.99
UNL UNITED STATES 12 MONTH NATUR 7.50
PXE POWERSHARES DYN ENRG EXP PRO 7.42
FILL ISHARES MSCI GLOBAL ENERGY P 7.34
EPU ISHARES MSCI ALL PERU CAPPED 7.03
FRAK MARKET VECTORS OIL & GAS FRACKING 6.88
Year-to-date, we’ve seen a rotation toward energy, emerging markets and Treasury bonds, and away from domestic stocks, and more recently, large-cap tech stocks.
Ticker Name YTD% (as of 4/30)
EGPT MARKET VECTORS EGYPT INDEX 30.89
UNG US NATURAL GAS FUND LP 28.32
GGGG GLOBAL X PURE GOLD MINERS ET 26.29
GLDX GLOBAL X GOLD EXPLORERS ETF 25.09
MES MARKET VECTORS GULF STATES 22.40
EIDO ISHARES MSCI INDONESIA ETF 21.19
DBA POWERSHARES DB AGRICULTURE F 20.70
IDXJ MARKET VECTORS INDONESIA SMA 20.67
USAG UNITED STATES AGRICULTURE IN 20.37
SILJ PUREFUNDS ISE JUNIOR SIL-ETF 19.54
If you have questions about these ETFs and how they can work into your portfolio, please email askdoug(at)dougfabian(dot)com or call our offices for a free consultation: 800-391-1118.
April was a down month in the financial markets. Stocks tend to go through a correction season from May through October, and we’ll have to see what happens as summer comes.
We are seeing a lot of great emerging market ETFs right now, including countries like Turkey and Egypt. We think emerging markets are a great option for investors right now, and we want to encourage you to consider some international investments.
RBS U.S. chief economist Michelle Girard, economist Peter Morici, Fabian Wealth Strategies’ Thematic Growth portfolio manager Chris Versace and FBN’s Charlie Gasparino weigh in on the latest labor market and economic data.