The Value of Currency

May 7, 2013

For U.S. investors, the performance of foreign funds and ETFs isn’t based only on how much the fund’s underlying stocks or bonds increase or decrease; it’s also affected by the value of currency. Exchange rates between the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies can have a considerable effect on the returns of foreign funds and overseas […]

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Foreign Leads Domestic

December 6, 2012

After two months of declining markets, U.S. stocks rallied to end November with a gain while foreign markets proved even more resilient. Who would have guessed? Fear of unresolved debt issues at home and abroad, on top of persistently slow growth, continue to deter investors. Though despite much gloom and doom, markets chugged along. Remember […]

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Understanding Relative Strength

April 26, 2012

Relative strength is essentially a ratio that compares the daily percent return of one index or security versus that of another index or security.  Relative strength doesn’t indicate whether an investment is gaining or losing.  Instead, it shows how one investment is performing relative to another investment. Relative strength is a useful way to track […]

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