Doug Fabian

Posted April 18, 2014

Alternative and niche investments can help round out your portfolio, along with offering diversification and alternate value propositions when the broader market is stagnant or correcting.

Posted April 17, 2014

If you were looking for a reason to be cautious about the financial markets, then last week’s action in stocks offered you one giant yellow light. The selling in domestic stocks nearly across the board pushed the major U.S. averages below their 50-day moving averages last week.

Posted April 12, 2014

Alternative investments are those outside of the three traditional asset classes: stocks, bonds or cash. Such alternative investments also can give diversity to your portfolio, as well as provide a safe haven during a crisis similar to the one in 2008.

Posted April 11, 2014

If there is one thing that every investor should understand, it is that often the conventional wisdom on Wall Street just doesn’t play out. A prime example of this situation is the downtrend in interest rates so far in 2014.

Posted April 08, 2014

The first quarter of 2014 is history, and now it's time to do a little review of the various sector exchange-traded funds (ETFs) to show how the market performed during the past three volatile months.

Posted March 28, 2014

Charles Schwab's discount investing company offers one of the industry's widest selections of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). The company recently fully embraced the world of ETFs with the launch of its ETF OneSource marketplace.

Posted March 27, 2014

The first quarter of 2014 is almost in the books, and so far things have been a lot tougher in the markets than the previous two years.

Posted March 22, 2014

The big news this week comes directly from the Federal Reserve. As most of us expected, the Fed announced this week that it was tapering its bond-buying program by $10 billion per month, down to asset purchases of just $55 billion per month.

Posted March 15, 2014

Given all of the geopolitical turmoil of late that’s rocked many of the biggest emerging markets in the world, it’s logical to ask ourselves if there will be a spillover effect -- some call it “contagion” -- here in the U.S. equity markets.

Posted March 08, 2014

A huge down month for stocks in January was followed by a big rebound in February, and now it's March, and the first two trading days of the month were reminiscent of the first two months.

Posted March 01, 2014

The financial markets have been relatively calm during the past week or so. Even though stocks in the S&P 500 Index broke out to new highs intraday on Monday, there hasn’t been much real trading volume pushing the market in either direction.

Posted February 14, 2014

Comments by Yellen indicating she was “surprised” by the weakness in the December employment report, was widely read as “dovish.” Which means the Fed likely will keep its foot on the accelerator until the labor market improves substantively.

Posted February 07, 2014

If you still harbor doubt that the correction in the equity markets now is underway, then all you have to do is check out a price chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. Monday’s steep 300-plus point drop in the Dow sent the most widely watched measure of the equity market plunging below its long-term support at the 200-day moving average.

Posted January 31, 2014

Past ETF Talks have discussed various individual exchange-traded funds (ETFs), but we have never taken an in-depth look at the specific companies that establish and manage them. What company pioneered the concept of trading a bundle of stocks in the form of a fund, as easily as buying a single stock?

Posted January 30, 2014

Remember last month when the chatter on Wall Street was dominated by the perma-bulls telling everyone what a great year 2014 was going to be? I certainly remember this talk, but so far in 2014 the bulls have been anything but present.