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Three of the four markets I follow were positive in August and those positive gains translated into a nice return in my retirement account. The market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, closed 3.03% higher in August. As for my pension plan assets, I had a positive return in August as mentioned above and consequently my first investment objective, preservation of capital, was achieved with a 3.20% return on my assets.
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You might think you need to pack your portfolio with a dozen different funds to achieve near total diversification, but you can actually do it with just two.
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The ETF industry is seeing explosive growth piling up huge assets in recent years. As per ETFGI, total assets in ETFs and ETPs listed globally reached a record $5.12 trillion at the end of July from $1.16 trillion at the end of 2009. This is especially thanks to their unique strategies, creativity, transparency, diversification benefits, enhanced tax competences, low turnover and of course low cost.
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2018-08-01 seekingalpha - 1
The markets were very positive in July and those gains translated to a nice return in my retirement account. The market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, closed 3.60% higher in July. As for my pension plan assets, I had a positive return in July as mentioned above and consequently my first investment objective, preservation of capital, was achieved with a 3.15% return on my assets. My second investment objective, beating the S&P 500 index as measured by the ETF SPY, was not accomplished as SPY bested my return by 0.
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Though the volatility is a bit high and there are worries over trade and tariffs, interest-rates and a host of other issues, but the markets are still doing fine.
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Stocks across the globe have suffered their worst first half in a year since 2010, wiping out trillions of dollars from the MSCI’s 47-country world index. A combination of tariff tantrums, broad tech sell-off, the prospect of end to the cheap money era and cooling growth in many parts of the economy including Europe and Japan resulted in huge capital outflows from the market. Additionally, the strength in the U.
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The markets were mostly positive in June. The month of June was barely positive for my retirement account but not positive for all of the ETFs that I follow as will be shown below. The market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, closed 0.48% higher in June. As for my pension plan assets, I had a positive return in June. My first investment objective, preservation of capital, was achieved with my positive return of 0.
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The markets were mostly positive in May. The month of May was positive for my retirement account but not positive for all of the ETFs that I follow as will be shown below. The market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, closed 2.16% higher in May. As for my pension plan assets, I had a positive return in May. My first investment objective, preservation of capital, was achieved with my positive return of 2.
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Geopolitical tensions, oil price movement and President Trump’s announcements hit the headlines in the month of May. Donald Trump made impactful announcements pertaining to deregulations, trade relations with other countries and sanctions against countries like Iran and Venezuela. Overall, markets remained upbeat barring some occasional dips.
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The fixed income world gained immense investors' love in April amid persistent stock market volatility. This is especially true as bond ETFs accumulated $14.7 billion last month, representing the highest monthly inflows since October 2014, according to data from BlackRock (read: ETF Asset Report for April 2018: Bonds Top). iShares Short Treasury Bond ETF (SHV - Free Report) topped the list of asset creation, pulling in more than $2.
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After two months of negative returns, the month of April was positive for my retirement account and all of the equity ETFs I follow. The market, as measured by the S&P 500 index, closed 0.27% higher in April. As for my pension plan assets, I had a positive return and my return beat the S&P 500 index in April. Consequently, I reached both of my investment objectives. My first investment objective, preservation of capital, was achieved with my positive return of 0.
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The month of April was mixed with earnings showing promise and broader markets returning decent returns despite rising yields and trade tensions. Oil has been on an uptrend. Overall, SPDR S&P 500 ETF (SPY - Free Report) gained about 3.5% in a month’s time (as of Apr 27, 2018), SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (DIA - Free Report) rose 2.9% while Nasdaq-100-bsed ETF PowerShares QQQ ETF (QQQ - Free Report) jumped 4.
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2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview Rigel Pharmaceuticals is a biotechnology company dedicated to discovering, developing and providing novel small molecule drugs that significantly improve the lives of patients with immune and hematologic disorders, cancer and rare diseases. The company's pioneering research focuses on signaling pathways that are critical to disease mechanisms. The company's first FDA-approved product is TAVALISSE™ (fostamatinib disodium hexahydrate), an oral spleen tyrosine kinase (SYK) inhibitor, for the treatment of adult patients with chronic immune thrombocytopenia who have had an insufficient response to a previous treatment. The company's current clinical programs include Phase 2 studies of fostamatinib in autoimmune hemolytic anemia and IgA nephropathy, and a Phase 1 study for its IRAK program. In addition, Rigel Pharmaceuticals has product candidates in development with partners BerGenBio AS, Daiichi Sankyo, and Aclaris Therapeutics. Since inception, Rigel Pharmaceuticals h...
2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview The company design, develop and sell exoskeleton technology to augment human strength, endurance and mobility. The company's exoskeleton technology serves multiple markets and can be used both by able-bodied users as well as by persons with physical disabilities. Ekso Bionics has sold, rented or leased devices that (a) enable individuals with neurological conditions affecting gait (stroke and spinal cord injury) to rehabilitate and to walk again and (b) allow industrial workers to perform heavy duty work for extended periods. Today, its medical exoskeleton, Ekso GT, is used as a rehabilitation tool to allow physicians and therapists to rehabilitate patients who have suffered a stroke or spinal cord injury. With its unique features designed specifically for hospitals and its proprietary SmartAssist software, Ekso GT allows for the early mobilization of patients, with high step count and high dosage treatments. The intent is to allow the patient’s central nervous syst...
2018-09-18 - Asif
Overview Agile Therapeutics is a forward-thinking women’s healthcare company dedicated to fulfilling the unmet health needs of today’s women. Twirla® and its other current potential product candidates are designed to provide women with contraceptive options that offer greater convenience and facilitate compliance. The company's lead product candidate, Twirla, also known as AG200-15, is a once-weekly prescription contraceptive patch that is at the end of Phase 3 clinical development. Since its inception in 1997, Agile Therapeutics has devoted substantial resources to developing Twirla, building its intellectual property portfolio, business planning, raising capital and providing general and administrative support for these operations. The company incurred research and development expenses of $14.4 million, $20.9 million and $25.6 million during the years ended December 31, 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. The company incurred research and development expenses of $2.4 milli...
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