Seasonal ETF Trade Updates

July and the second half of the year have started off consistent with historical trends and patterns. The first trading day was mostly positive with S&P 500 and NASDAQ recording gains. However, July has historically been a month of transition with gains early and weakness in the second half. Meanwhile, three seasonal tredns start in July.

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Friday Investment Talk: US Market Update, Diversification, and Asian Market Opportunities

We have a just launched the first session of our new weekly “Friday Investment Talk” series. This week Alan, Mike, and I discuss the continuation of the bull market’s posture. Mike speaks of how client’s ‘fear of missing out’ leads to overly concentrated portfolios. Alan highlights how the recent Chinese sell off could be a buying opportunity, as other Asian markets look strong.

Seasonal Strategy: April Bounce Helps

Usually at this time of the year, early-April, stock markets would have had a nice seasonal rally. Well, there is nothing usual about the market or the economy this time.

As of today, the new bear market closing lows were on March 23. From their highs DJIA was down 37.1% and S&P 500 was down 33.9%.

Since then the market has rebounded to trim those losses.
Now we look to position for the worst months of the year ahead.

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Seasonal Update: Tech and Utilities

Large daily moves in both directions of 2-5% and huge intraday swings have taken a toll on markets and psyches. But the February 28 low has held through this week’s wild swings.

According to sector seasonality, there are two sectors that begin their seasonally favorable periods in March: High-Tech and Utilities.

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Market Trends: Silver and Gold

One of the bright spots in the commodities asset class, as well as the broader market this year, has been precious metals. In Q2 2019 among all alternative assets, precious metals ETFs were well represented in the top ten.

The recent rally in precious metals presents a few questions. Why this type of performance in precious metals? How have technicals improved as a result?

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