How the Results of the Third Quarter Affect the Future of the Market

Doug Fabian

Doug Fabian is known for his expert knowledge of ETFs, bear funds and enhanced index funds to profit in any market climate.

The Shifting Tides of the Third Quarter

I’m a surfer, and it’s a sport I’ve been doing since I was a kid. To be a good surfer, you need to know how to read the sea. That means you need to know when the sets are likely to be best, what the water temperature is and, perhaps most importantly, when the tide changes.

When it comes to your money, similar knowledge makes you a better investor. The difference is you want to know when there’s a significant change in the tide of what’s working and what’s not working.

During the third quarter, stocks in the emerging markets really began to see a tide change. The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets Index ETF (EEM) was down nearly 4% in Q3 and plunged 7.8% in September alone.

EEM_100114

In addition to emerging markets, there also has been a changing of the tides in commodities, as well as in U.S. small-cap stocks of the sort in the Russell 2000. The chart here of the iShares Russell 2000 Index (IWM) ETF clearly shows the bearish trend in this market segment.

IWM_100114

Even large-cap equities have begun to falter during the past couple of weeks, but the major averages still were firmly in the black when the final tally on Q3 was made.

So, where were the waves the highest in Q3, and where were the seas the roughest? The two tables below tell us where the swells were best, and where things were completely washed out.

Top 10 Winners in Q3

Ticker Name % Gain
ASHS Deutsche X-Trackers Harvest 33.69
ASDR Velocityshares Emerging Asia 29.73
QAT iShares MSCI Qatar CP ETF 20.09
UAE iShares MSCI UAE Capped ETF 17.22
EUO UltraShort Euro ProShares 17.13
YCS UltraShort Yen ProShares 16.77
KBA Kranesh Bosera MSCI China A 16.24
PEK Market Vectors China ETF 15.71
ASHR DB Harvest CSI 300 China A 14.69
GULF WisdomTree Middle East Dividend 14.16
Exclusive  PowerTrend Brief: Ignore the Mainstream Media and Focus on What is Really Happening

Top 10 Losers in Q3

Ticker Name % Gain
SIL Global X Silver Miners ETF -25.32
SILJ Purefunds ISE Junior SIL-ETF -25.25
FCG First Trust ISE-Revere Natural Gas -24.15
GGGG Global X Pure Gold Miners ETF -23.00
CORN Teucrium Corn Fund -22.60
SLVP iShares MSCI Global Silver Miners Fund -22.12
GLDX Global X Gold Explorers ETF -21.88
WEAT Teucrium Wheat Fund -21.61
DBS PowerShares DB Silver Fund -20.77
PSCE PowerShares S&P SmallCap Energy -20.57

In the winners column we see investing in China A-shares, Asian emerging markets and shorting the euro and the yen were good strategies during the quarter. Strategies to avoid were buying silver, mining stocks, natural gas and corn and wheat commodity funds.

As for Q4, it appears that we are entering a much-overdue correction period, as well as a period of slowing global growth. The decline in commodities during the past three months certainly supports this global slowdown thesis.

When the tides change, smart surfers know it’s time to get out of the water. We’ve done just that on the investing seas of late, as we have made many adjustments during the past two weeks to the portfolio holdings in my Successful ETF Investing newsletter.

I expect further adjustments in the near future, especially if the selling tide continues to flood into shore. So, if you are trying to figure out what to do with your money right now, I invite you to check out Successful ETF Investing today.

On Those Who Would Have it Otherwise

“Summer ends, and autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”

Exclusive  Why I Expect the Stock Market to Rally in Q4

–Hal Borland

The journalist and novelist reminds us all that change is a constant and that only the foolish would have it otherwise. Remember this the next time you put up a battle against the inevitable, because, inevitably, the inevitable wins.

Wisdom about money, investing and life can be found anywhere. If you have a good quote you’d like me to share with your fellow Weekly ETF Report readers, send it to me, along with any comments, questions and suggestions you have about my audio podcast, newsletters, seminars or anything else. Ask Doug.

In case you missed it, I encourage you to read my e-letter column from last week about understanding the change of the global ETF climate. I also invite you to comment in the space provided below.

previous article

The past week was yet another negative one for the markets, with the Dow Jones down 0.08%, the S&P 500 falling 0.53% and the NASDAQ pulling back 0.34%. Global stock markets continued to tumble, with the MCSI Emerging Markets Index down 2.35%. Big gainers in your Alpha Investor Letter portfolio include last month’s recommendation, Skyworks Solutions Inc. (SWKS), which gained 2.02%. In addition, the WisdomTree Japan Hedged Equity (DXJ), Ma

PREMIUM SERVICES FOR INVESTORS

Dr. Mark Skousen

Named one of the "Top 20 Living Economists," Dr. Skousen is a professional economist, investment expert, university professor, and author of more than 25 books.

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

Bryan Perry

A former Wall Street financial advisor with three decades' experience, Bryan Perry focuses his efforts on high-yield income investing and quick-hitting options plays.

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

Jim Woods

Jim Woods has over 20 years of experience in the markets from working as a stockbroker,
financial journalist, and money manager. As well as a book author and regular contributor to
numerous investment websites, Jim is the editor of:

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

Bob Carlson

Bob Carlson provides independent, objective research covering all the financial issues of retirement and retirement planning. In addition, Bob serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Fairfax County (VA) Employees’ Retirement System, which has over $2.8 billion in assets.

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

Mike Turner

Mike Turner’s financial, mathematical, computer science and engineering background serves as the foundation for his disciplined, rules-based approach to trading. Mike’s three services include:

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

Hilary Kramer

Hilary Kramer is an investment analyst and portfolio manager with 30 years of experience on Wall Street. Since 2010, Hilary's financial publications have provided stock analysis and investment advice to her subscribers:

Product Details

LEARN MORE HERE

DividendInvestor.com

Used by financial advisors and individual investors all over the world, DividendInvestor.com is the premier provider and one-stop shop for dividend information and research.

Product Details

Popular tools include our proprietary Dividend Calendar, Dividend Calculator, Dividend Score Card, and many more.

LEARN MORE HERE