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Stock Market ≠ Economy

The S&P 500 followed one of its worst quarters ever with one of its best. After experiencing a nearly 20% drop in the first quarter, including a harrowing 34% decline from February 19th through March 23rd, the S&P 500 jumped 20%+ in the second quarter. This despite the fact that yet another wild card was dealt… civil unrest. In the midst of confronting a once-in-a-generation pandemic, the country faced social discord on a level not seen since the 1960s. It’s no stretch to say the last six months have felt more like six years. Incredibly, stocks are somehow only a

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Bulls, Bears, & Swans

U.S. stocks experienced their worst first quarter ever, with the S&P 500 dropping nearly 20% as the world grappled with a pandemic.  Notably, from its February 19th record high through March 23rd, the S&P 500 shed 34%, the fastest such decline ever.  International stocks fared even worse. Of course, the impact of COVID-19 extends well beyond the stock market realm.  The economy has effectively ground to a halt, with many businesses shuttered indefinitely.  A record 17 million Americans filed for unemployment over the past three weeks.  Our daily lives have been significantly altered.  Social distancing, face masks, working remotely, schools

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10 Years Older, but 10 Years Wiser

The 2010s marked the first decade since immediately prior to the Civil War that the U.S. economy didn’t suffer at least one recession.  The S&P 500 went the entire decade without experiencing a single 20% drawdown, or bear market.  That hasn’t happened in 120 years! These facts are made even more remarkable when you consider the events of the past ten years:  Greek bailout, U.S. debt downgrade, European sovereign debt crisis, “fiscal cliff”, Cyprus banking crisis, “taper tantrum”, Ebola virus, Syria, Chinese currency devaluation, Brexit, 2016 U.S. Presidential election, trade war, yield curve inversion – to name a few (or

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Are You a Glass Half Empty or Glass Half Full Investor?

Nathan Geraci is President of The ETF Store, Inc. and host of the weekly radio show “The ETF Store Show“. A noteworthy story from the first half of 2017 was the historically low volatility in the stock market.  Considering the never-ending litany of stories on President Trump, the Federal Reserve, and concerns over North Korea, Russia, and Syria, you might have expected a more turbulent ride for stocks.  However, volatility was nowhere to be found.  As we mentioned in last quarter’s commentary, 1% up or down days in the S&P 500 have historically been fairly common, occurring roughly one out

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Quarterly Update

Nathan Geraci is President of The ETF Store, Inc. and host of the weekly radio show “The ETF Store Show“. In last quarter’s commentary, we discussed the fallacy of predictions, highlighting the difficult year “experts” experienced in forecasting everything from the Brexit vote to the U.S. presidential election.  The conclusion was simply that nobody has a crystal ball.  However, the challenges associated with prognostication can actually be taken a step further.  In some cases, even when the result of a particular event appears a foregone conclusion, there is still no guarantee as to the end result.  Back on February 5th,

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The ETF Store Show – Upcoming Guest Lineup

One of the “most helpful plain-English resources for investors who want to demystify exchange-traded funds” – Bloomberg BusinessWeek All guest interviews are available through our featured section “ETF Expert Corner” at etfstore.com.  Interviews typically run 10 – 15 minutes and can be played directly from your mobile device.  Full podcasts of The ETF Store Show can also be downloaded for free at etfstore.com, Apple iTunes, or Google Play.  The ETF Store Show airs every Tuesday at 3pm CST on ESPN 1510AM | 99.3FM in Kansas City and you can listen online at www.1510.com or via TuneIn Radio.  We are pleased

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The ETF Store Launches iPortfolios

New fully automated, online investment service offers low-cost ETF portfolios The ETF Store, Inc. announced today the launch of a new online investment service offering, iPortfolios. The new service provides investors with The ETF Store’s exchange-traded fund portfolios through a fully-automated online investment platform. The firm has partnered with Sunnyvale, CA-based Upside, a technology company recently acquired by Envestnet, Inc., providing digital advice solutions to investment advisors. “Not every investor needs or wants a full-service relationship with a financial advisor,” said Nathan Geraci, President of The ETF Store. “We created iPortfolios to better serve clients who may be new to

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