Will This Be a “Summer of Love” for Stocks?

I never made it to San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury district 50 years ago, but I did spend a good amount of time in New York City and Boston, where the “Summer of Love” was also in full swing. I have many fond memories of tooling around in the evenings that summer in my...

ETF Deathwatch for June 2017

ETF Deathwatch for June had 24 additions and 15 exits. Eight of the departing funds were due to improved health, while the other seven joined the ranks of the “dearly departed.” The membership roll now stands at 486. Three of the closed funds were exchange-traded...

Midyear Report Card

School’s out, but can investors afford to be away on vacation? S&P 500 volatility (daily standard deviation) has turned up, with second-quarter volatility more than 10% higher than it was in the first quarter. The S&P VIX (fear index) had been trending higher...