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Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in ETF Strategist, Market Insight, Uncategorized

AdvisorShares Weekly Market Review – Week Ending 8/14/2015

AdvisorShares Weekly Market Review – Week Ending 8/14/2015

Highlights of the Prior Week Crude Misery Macro If investors were hoping for a quiet summertime week, they were disappointed as a lot happened despite the broad domestic averages finishing modestly higher. The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 61 basis points,the S&P 500 added 0.68%, the NASDAQ eked out a positive nine basis points and the Russell 2000 inched up 42 basis points. Small gains were difficult to envision after more than 2% declines across the board starting Tuesday into Wednesday’s session because, well there is no real because, sometimes markets just reverse.  Working against markets these days is the inability to make new highs and the decreasing number of S&P components trending higher and on the plus side, although the S&P 500 has been flirting with its 200 day moving average for the last few weeks that trend line has held thus far and it is still positively sloped.  As has been the case for most of 2015, foreign markets were far more volatile than the US. In...

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Posted by on May 11, 2015 in ETF Strategist, Uncategorized

AdvisorShares Weekly Market Review – Week Ending 5/8/2015

AdvisorShares Weekly Market Review – Week Ending 5/8/2015

Highlights of the Prior Week Juuuuuuust Right Macro The non-farm jobs report was remarkably close to the consensus estimate. Last week we noted Barron’s calling for 212,000 with the actual print coming at 223,000. As the title of this post implies, on the surface it looks like a Goldilocks number. Fed Governor Charles Evans talked during the week (before the report) and said that this number would need to be at least 200,000 to even consider hiking rates this year. Of course it was greater than 200,000 but not so much greater that it puts a June rate hike back on the table. There were no real surprises in the report. The headline unemployment rate came in at 5.4%, the broader U6 unemployment rate down ticked to 10.8%, hourly earnings were a slight disappointment with an increase of 0.1% and the labor force participation rate stayed in the neighborhood it has been in for months at 62.8%. There was a surprise in the revisions. As weak as the March...

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Posted by on Jul 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

Should You Invest In Farm Land?

Should You Invest In Farm Land?

By Roger Nusbaum AdvisorShares ETF Strategist   Last week I found a couple of articles about investing in farm land; one from Climateer Investing and the other at Deal Book. This is a subject that we’ve explored in some depth over the years. It is fun to learn about new investment niches and look for ones that can deliver on the promise of somewhat steady, uncorrelated returns. There are a lot of farming stocks traded on foreign exchanges, a couple of easily traded ADRs for companies based in Latin America, recently there have been a couple of US REITs that have been listed. Global X had an ETF that it has since closed that appropriately enough had the ticker symbol BARN. The appeal is simple; steadier, uncorrelated returns (repeated for emphasis). That description can potentially apply to all sorts of market segments that we’ve looked at over the years; fisheries, toll roads, airports and so on. Each individual can decide for themselves whether they deliver enough on that potential/promise...

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