ETFs or Mutual Funds: What’s the Difference?

Mutual funds are still king of the investment world, but exchange-traded funds (ETFs) have become increasingly popular over the last few years. At the end of 2016, more than $2.5 trillion in assets were invested among over 1,700 ETFs. This is equivalent to about 15% of the assets invested in mutual funds. In 2006, ETF [...]

By | 2017-08-03T12:27:47-06:00 August 3rd, 2017|Financial|0 Comments

Deficit Trading: The Import/Export Imbalance

The U.S. trade deficit is a consistent and often controversial topic in Washington and the business community. As the new administration presents policies that might affect trade relationships, this may be a good time to consider some of the facts regarding U.S. imports and exports. Goods and Services Total international trade in goods and services [...]

By | 2017-08-03T12:26:21-06:00 August 3rd, 2017|Financial|0 Comments

Low Volatility: Calm Before the Storm?

The U.S. stock market has been unusually calm in 2017, while gradually trending upward. Through July 28, 2017, the S&P 500 gained or lost 1% or more on just four trading days. By contrast, over the same period in 2016, there were 39 such days, with gains or losses of 2% or more on seven [...]

By | 2017-08-03T12:25:01-06:00 August 1st, 2017|Financial, Uncategorized|0 Comments