Category Archives: Macro Analysis

The PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF: Key Overview

. Pharmaceuticals ETF The PowerShares Dynamic Pharmaceuticals ETF (PJP) is a smart beta fund that seeks to track the Dynamic Pharmaceutical Intellidex Index. The index provider selects the majority of its stocks from the pharmaceuticals sub-sector. Pharmaceutical companies are defined

How Did the Eurozone Perform Compared to the World Economy?

Eurozone versus other indices On November 4, most of the ETFs like the SPDR Euro Stoxx 50 ETF (FEZ), the SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY), the iShares MSCI All Country World Index (ACWI), and the iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ)

Consumer Spending Helps Economic Growth in Third Quarter

GDP increased at annual rate of 1.5% in 3Q15 GDP (gross domestic product) is an important barometer of the ups and down in an economy. According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis (or BEA), the US economy increased at an

An Analysis of USMV in the Context of the Current Market

USMV’s low volatility portfolio The iShares MSCI USA Minimum Volatility ETF (USMV) seeks to replicate the performance of the MSCI USA Minimum Volatility Index. USMV’s top holdings are McDonald’s (MCD), AT&T (T), Public Storage (PSA), Paychex (PAYX), and AutoZone (AZO).

Japan: Recession with Continued Decline in Gross Domestic Product

Japan’s economic growth contracted 0.8% According to the Cabinet Office, Japan’s GDP (gross domestic product) contracted 0.8% on an annualized basis in the third quarter of 2015, matching preliminary estimates. The iShares MSCI Japan ETF (EWJ) and the WisdomTree Japan

An Overview of PTH’s Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology Holdings

PTH’s portfolio The PowerShares DWA Healthcare Momentum ETF (PTH) is a smart beta ETF that invests in stocks that exhibit relatively higher momentum than its peers. It invests the majority of its assets in the components of its index, the

Australian Dollar Rises on Slightly Hawkish RBA Statement

Australian dollar rallies as RBA leaves rates unchanged The Australian dollar rallied versus the US dollar on November 3, 2015, as the RBA (Reserve Bank of Australia) kept rates unchanged at a record low of 2%. The RBA stated that

US Manufacturing Activity Could Lose Momentum in November

US Flash Manufacturing PMI fell to 52.6 in November Manufacturing is the pulse for any economy. It accounts for about 12% of the US GDP (gross domestic product). Recently, the US Flash Manufacturing PMI (purchasing managers’ index) was released. It

How Worried Should We Be about China?

China has cast a shadow across Asia–and the globe. How worried should we be about China? When I lived in Hong Kong in the 1990s, Asia was a place of great mood swings. Today is no exception, with pessimism fast

Ruble’s Depreciation Is Slow Compared to the Fall in Crude Prices

Fall in crude prices isn’t mirrored by the Russian ruble The rise in the US Dollar Index, following hawkish statements by the Fed and positive employment data, put pressure on the Russian ruble. Considering the last one-month interval from October 9 to November

A Fund Flow Analysis of the First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund

FVD versus QDF The First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund (FVD) seeks to mimic the performance result of the Value Line Dividend Index. FVD’s index provider selects stocks that pay regular dividends to their investors and are fundamentally strong. A

A Structural Analysis of the First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund

FVD’s vast portfolio The First Trust Value Line Dividend Index Fund (FVD) has BOK Financial Corporation (BOKF), Chevron Corporation (CVX), Kellogg Company (K), and Altria Group (MO) in its top holdings. As of November 5, the fund saw a growth of 5.6% since

How Geopolitical Issues Are Affecting the Market: FEZ Falls 1.0%

FEZ fell 1.0% on November 13 On Friday, November 13, 2015, most global markets closed on a negative note. There were massive sell-offs in the commodity and equity spaces. Crude oil prices continued their tumble on account of huge inventories,

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