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Investment guru Warren Buffett and his Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.A) partner Charlie Munger are known for buying good companies at fair prices. Exchange traded fund investors can also mimic the investment philosophy through strategies that target companies with wide economic moats or sustainable competitive advantages. Specifically, Munger and Buffett consider every aspect of a business […]

Without a Doha accord on an oil production freeze, the markets may suffer through an extended period of low oil prices, potentially causing a ripple effect that could extend to financial sector and U.S. dollar exchange traded funds. “While nothing explicitly has been said, it’s not a far reach to suggest that the production freeze […]

At the start of the year, the financial sector outlook looked promising, with the Federal Reserve set on interest rate normalization and banks raising loan rates to capitalize on the rising rate environment. However, as the Fed turns more dovish and banks continue to struggle, financial stocks and sector exchange traded funds may languish, heading […]

Investors have become all too familiar with the tale of woe confounding the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) and rival financial services exchange traded funds. XLF is down 7.1% year-to-date, making it the worst performer among the sector SPDR ETFs. Some of XLF’s rivals are performing even more poorly. Although expectations are in place […]

Well-documented have been the struggles of the financial services sector this year. Exchange traded funds tracking the second-largest sector weight in the S&P 500, including the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), have been stymied by the Federal Reserve’s reluctance to raise interest rates, among other factors. Down almost 7.5% year-to-date, XLF is one of […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest exchange traded fund tracking the financial services sector, is one of the worst-performing sector SPDR ETFs this year. Many rival financial services ETFs have been just as bad if not worse than XLF. Few have been better. Those are ominous statements to be sure, but making […]

It was a rough first quarter for exchange traded funds tracking the financial services sector as highlighted by the 5.1% decline for the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), the largest ETF tracking the sector. The Federal Reserve’s decision in late March to not increase interest rates and speculation that the central bank will not […]

Financial stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have been among the worst performing areas of the market so far this year. Bargain hunters seeking a cheap play may want to pass on this area as the industry may not turn around anytime soon. The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is still down 5.9% year-to-date, […]

Investors have been sticking to the sidelines over a volatile first quarter This has dragging on ETFs that track investment banks and brokerage firms Wall Street’s busy season is underway, but for bank traders, market activity has been surprisingly tepid Trading activity usually picks up at the start of the year, but investors have been sticking […]

Federal Reserve keeps short-term interest rates unchanged at a range of between 0.25% and 0.5% Fed officials also suggested there will only be two more rate hikes this year Weakening dollar helps bolster commodity assets With the Federal Reserve keeping short-term interest rates unchanged, rate-sensitive exchange traded funds popped while some trades dependent on higher rates […]

Changes to S&P 500 index will affect how people position in REITs ahead S&P Dow Jones Indices stated it would add an 11th sector to its Global Industry Classification Standard Looking ahead, the new GICS classification will also further support the REITs sector Exchange traded fund investors have some exposure to real estate investment trusts […]

Strengthened speculative-grade debt may continue to support junk bond-related ETFs If fixed-income market follows historical trends, junk bonds may continue to rally over the next few weeks Financials are the best performing sector when junk bond ETFs rise, according to Kensho data The renewed risk-on environment has helped speculative-grade debt strengthen could continue to support junk […]

Financial sector ETFs maintained momentum Wednesday after stumbling at start of year Global financial sectors also rallied on Wednesday Market observers appear to be pouncing on a sector that has been underperforming in 2016 Despite a relatively tepid Wednesday, financial sector exchange traded funds maintained their momentum as bargain hunters jumped back into an oversold market segment. […]

Financial services ETFs show weakness across sector in 2016 XLF falls 2.5% in February, bringing year-to-date loss to 11.5% Rival financial services ETFs such as IYF and VFH have been just as bad, if not worse The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) fell 2.5% last month, bringing its year-to-date loss to 11.5%. Rival financial services exchange […]

Down 11.2% year-to-date, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is the worst performer among the sector SPDR exchange traded funds. Rival financial services ETFs, such as the iShares U.S. Financials ETF (NYSEArca: IYF) and the Vanguard Financials ETF (NYSEArca: VFH) have not been much better. Oil’s bear market has been cited as one of […]

As the energy sector is bludgeoned by low oil prices, banks and financial sector exchange traded funds could continue to underperform. Banking stocks are among the worst performing areas of the year. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Bank ETF (NYSEArca: KBE) fell 16.8% and PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) declined 17.3%. Meanwhile, the broader iShares […]

As we mull over ideas after the market correction, investors should look at targeted markets and exchange traded fund segments to capitalize on potential opportunities. For instance, JPMorgan Private Bank’s Steven Rees singled out the consumer discretionary and health care sectors after the two areas fell off 9% this year, despite delivering positive earnings growth, […]

Exchange traded funds that track some of the worst areas of the year were among the best performers Tuesday as bargain hunters piled into downtrodden sectors. Consumer discretionary and bank stocks were led the advance in U.S. markets on Tuesday. For instance, the PowerShares KBW Bank Portfolio (NYSEArca: KBWB) gained 3.3%, SPDR S&P Bank ETF […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is down more than 17% year-to-date, making it the worst performer among the nine legacy sector SPDR exchange traded funds, but the financial services sector’s early 2016 doldrums could be giving way to a buying opportunity for prescient investors. Contributing to the weakness in the bank sector, traders […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is off 14% year-to-date, making it the worst-performing sector SPDR exchange traded fund this year and it appears investors are growing pensive about the near-term outlook for the financial services sector. Contributing to the weakness in the bank sector, traders may have been unwinding bullish bets in the […]

Plagued by slumping oil prices and speculation that the Federal Reserve might not be able to raise interest rates this year, the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) and rival financial services exchange traded funds have been among this year’s worst-performing sector ETFs. Contributing to the weakness in the bank sector, traders may have been […]

The Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF) is off nearly 10% over the past month, putting the largest financial services dangerously close to correction territory while making it one of the worst-performing sector SPDR exchange traded funds to start 2016. Contributing to the weakness in the bank sector, traders may have been unwinding bullish bets […]

Despite an upbeat earnings season and low exposure to the current round of economic risks, U.S. bank stocks and sector-related exchange traded funds have underperformed, potentially opening up a buying opportunity for value investors. Year-to-date, the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSEArca: KRE) fell 12.6%, iShares U.S. Regional Banks ETF (NYSEArca: IAT) dropped 10.9% and […]

Financial services stocks and exchange traded funds, such as the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), have struggled to start 2016, a disappointing theme considering the Federal Reserve raised interest rates last month and is expected to do so again at least a couple of times this year. Year-to-date, XLF, the largest financial services ETF […]

The equities market and stock exchange traded funds retreated in a violent start to a new year. As volatility dissipates, exchange traded fund investors should consider areas where selling may have been overdone. “In our opinion, much of the recent selling has been overdone and, as such, has created some bargains,” Russ Koesterich, Global Chief […]

As the equities market experienced its worst start to a new year, exchange traded fund investors fled growth sectors and jumped into defensive stocks, along with betting on a valuation play. Investors’ eyes are on the tech space this week amid a spate of fourth quarter earnings results, but the technology sector was among the […]

Perhaps it is a result of increased market volatility to start the new year, but some sector exchange traded funds have recently seen options on those ETFs get pricey and some traditionally defensive sector ETFs are home to some of the most expensive options contracts. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU), the largest utilities […]

Financial services stocks and exchange traded funds, such as the Financial Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLF), have struggled to start 2016, a disappointing theme considering the Federal Reserve raised interest rates last month and is expected to do so again at least a couple of times this year. Previously, the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold […]

The recent selling has put the markets on edge. Nevertheless, investors can still find ways to navigate the markets. ETF Trends publisher Tom Lydon appeared on CNBC to discuss opportunities in the financial sector and hedging against volatility with long-term Treasuries. Click on the video below to see the full interview. The opinions and forecasts […]