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True Fund Costs: Information Technology Sector

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 BW_Final-4q14

This report focuses on providing investors the true costs incurred when investing in Information Technology ETFs and mutual funds.

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Recovering PC Market Makes Intel Still A Buy

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 6675870523_bf9cec5f1d_m

INTC is still a good stock for a value investor, but it’s not as great as it was eight months ago.

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How to Avoid the Worst Sector ETFs

Friday, July 26th, 2013 HTFTBSETFS1

Fund holdings affect fund performance more than fees or past performance. Why are there so many ETFs? The answer is: because ETF providers are making lots of money selling them.

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How To Avoid the Worst Sector ETFs

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013 WSRET1

Picking from the multitude of sector ETFs is a daunting task. In any given sector there may be as many as 43 different ETFs, and there are at least 171 ETFs across all sectors.

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How To Avoid the Worst Sector ETFs

Thursday, March 14th, 2013 HowAvoidWorstSectorFig1

Picking from the multitude of sector ETFs is a daunting task.

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How To Avoid the Worst Sector ETFs

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012 WorstSectorETF_Fig1

Why are there so many ETFs? The answer is: because ETF providers are making lots of money selling them. The number of ETFs has little to do with serving investors’ best interests. Here are three red flags investors can use to avoid the worst ETFs…

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Buy Intel: A Stock For All Seasons

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012 Buy Intel: A Stock For All Seasons

In an increasingly challenging market, Intel [s: INTC] is one of the safest investments with compelling upside potential. That’s right, investors get to have their cake and eat it too – at least for now.

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Own These Stocks If You Must Be Long

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 ADI_Table

Not everyone has the luxury of or stomach for being net short as I recommended in my last article.
So, I offer some of my top picks for those that must be long.

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Picking The Diamonds Out of The ETF Rough

Friday, October 7th, 2011 Figure1

Having too many choices can be intimidating. And there are definitely lots of choices when it comes to ETFs. For example, in the equity market alone, there 30+ technology sector ETFs, or 35 ‘large cap value’ and 20 financial ETFs. A very healthy selection abounds for every category of ETF.
The problem is that these ETFs are not made the same even though they may be in the same category. There are major differences in methodologies between funds, which results in drastically different holdings even within a given sector. See Figure 1.

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Buy LRCX: More Value Than Meets the Eye

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 figure1_LRCX

Most of my research and publishing tends to focus on companies manipulating accounting rules to make their reported earnings look better than the real economic cash flows of their business.
It is unfortunately rare that I find a company whose economic earnings are outpacing the reported accounting results and whose stock is cheap.
One such company is Lam Research (LRCX – very attractive rating). One of September’s most attractive stocks, LRCX offers investors hidden value.

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Tech Sector ETF Rankings for 3Q11

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011 Figure2_tech

ProShares Ultra Semiconductors (USD) is our top pick among the 25 ETFs we analyzed for our 3Q11 update on the “Best & Worst Tech Sector ETFs”.

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