Ken Stephens

Ken Stephens

Chief Editor, MarketReview.com

Ken has a way of making even the most complex of ideas in finance simple enough to understand by all and looks to take every topic to a higher level.

Contact Ken: ken@marketreview.com

Areas of interest: News & updates from the Federal Reserve System, Investing, Commodities, Exchange Traded Funds & more.

Fed Minutes Scare Markets, For a Little While Anyway

Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve released their minutes of their late July FOMC meeting, where they told us things look good. This outlook seems to include another bailout. The minutes from the last Fed meeting back on July 28-29 seemed to have a chilling effect on stock markets on Wednesday, which produced a decline that carried on […]

Robinhood Leading Charge to Democratize Stock Market

Robinhood App

Participation in the stock market used to be limited to investors of real means. Technology has changed all that, and things just got a whole lot more accessible lately. Technology has dramatically changed the way we live, and among the many changes that this has brought, greater and more efficient access to stocks is right […]

Online Retail ETF Taking a Back Seat to No One Now

Online Retail ETF

Among the stocks that have shrugged off the economic crisis and have prospered though it, nothing compares to the power of online retailers right now, which are red hot. There’s nothing like a recession to depress stock prices, at least normal recessions anyway. 2020’s version, a beast by any measure, has played out a little […]

Should We Close Schools Down Permanently Now?

Schools Closed

It hopefully would strike us as absurd to decide never to re-open schools due to fears of communicable disease, but keeping them closed now is no less absurd. As we move closer toward what is normally back to school season, which drives a lot of additional shopping as parents purchase the multitude of things that […]

U.S. Second Quarter GDP Decline Biggest in History

US GDP

The numbers are in for U.S. second quarter GDP, and it dropping 32.9% on an annualized basis is the scariest one ever. The stock market hasn’t been scared though. Fear has played a bigger than normal role in 2020, whether that be the massive amount that COVID-19 produced, the panic that hit the stock market […]

Vanguard Sector ETFs Starting to Catch the Leader

Vanguard

State Street’s SPDR sector ETFs were the first to allow investors to invest in S&P 500 stocks by sector, and still are the most popular. Vanguard is right on their tail now though. Many investors take a diversified approach to their stock investments, where they seek a wide exposure to different types of stocks in […]

Nasdaq Underperformance Has Some Concerned

Nasdaq

It’s not that the Nasdaq has hit another bear market or anything, and the 1.1% that this index dropped this week is not even meaningful. The bears are really taking notice though. People seem to be paying a lot of attention to the Nasdaq this week, given that the other two major indexes, the S&P […]

Biotech Sector Running Hot, But the Heat May Not Last

Biotech Stocks

It should not surprise us that among the good performing sectors this year, the biotech sector is among them, in the midst of a pandemic. Returning to normal isn’t so rosy though. When we focus on a particular sector among a broader stock index, such as the iShares Nasdaq Biotech ETF as a component of […]

Convertible Bond Fund Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

AllianzGI Convertible Fund

The AllianzGI Convertible Fund is touted by fund managers as producing better returns than stocks while having less risk. Don’t believe everything fund managers tell you. In spite of investors thinking that corporate bonds are generic, they do come in several different flavors, including convertible bonds. Convertible bonds are called that because they start out […]

Ken Stephens | MarketReview - Part 2

Ken Stephens

Ken Stephens

Chief Editor, MarketReview.com

Ken has a way of making even the most complex of ideas in finance simple enough to understand by all and looks to take every topic to a higher level.

Contact Ken: ken@marketreview.com

Areas of interest: News & updates from the Federal Reserve System, Investing, Commodities, Exchange Traded Funds & more.

Fed Minutes Scare Markets, For a Little While Anyway

Federal Reserve

The Federal Reserve released their minutes of their late July FOMC meeting, where they told us things look good. This outlook seems to include another bailout. The minutes from the last Fed meeting back on July 28-29 seemed to have a chilling effect on stock markets on Wednesday, which produced a decline that carried on […]

Robinhood Leading Charge to Democratize Stock Market

Robinhood App

Participation in the stock market used to be limited to investors of real means. Technology has changed all that, and things just got a whole lot more accessible lately. Technology has dramatically changed the way we live, and among the many changes that this has brought, greater and more efficient access to stocks is right […]

Online Retail ETF Taking a Back Seat to No One Now

Online Retail ETF

Among the stocks that have shrugged off the economic crisis and have prospered though it, nothing compares to the power of online retailers right now, which are red hot. There’s nothing like a recession to depress stock prices, at least normal recessions anyway. 2020’s version, a beast by any measure, has played out a little […]

Should We Close Schools Down Permanently Now?

Schools Closed

It hopefully would strike us as absurd to decide never to re-open schools due to fears of communicable disease, but keeping them closed now is no less absurd. As we move closer toward what is normally back to school season, which drives a lot of additional shopping as parents purchase the multitude of things that […]

U.S. Second Quarter GDP Decline Biggest in History

US GDP

The numbers are in for U.S. second quarter GDP, and it dropping 32.9% on an annualized basis is the scariest one ever. The stock market hasn’t been scared though. Fear has played a bigger than normal role in 2020, whether that be the massive amount that COVID-19 produced, the panic that hit the stock market […]

Vanguard Sector ETFs Starting to Catch the Leader

Vanguard

State Street’s SPDR sector ETFs were the first to allow investors to invest in S&P 500 stocks by sector, and still are the most popular. Vanguard is right on their tail now though. Many investors take a diversified approach to their stock investments, where they seek a wide exposure to different types of stocks in […]

Nasdaq Underperformance Has Some Concerned

Nasdaq

It’s not that the Nasdaq has hit another bear market or anything, and the 1.1% that this index dropped this week is not even meaningful. The bears are really taking notice though. People seem to be paying a lot of attention to the Nasdaq this week, given that the other two major indexes, the S&P […]

Biotech Sector Running Hot, But the Heat May Not Last

Biotech Stocks

It should not surprise us that among the good performing sectors this year, the biotech sector is among them, in the midst of a pandemic. Returning to normal isn’t so rosy though. When we focus on a particular sector among a broader stock index, such as the iShares Nasdaq Biotech ETF as a component of […]

Convertible Bond Fund Not All It’s Cracked Up to Be

AllianzGI Convertible Fund

The AllianzGI Convertible Fund is touted by fund managers as producing better returns than stocks while having less risk. Don’t believe everything fund managers tell you. In spite of investors thinking that corporate bonds are generic, they do come in several different flavors, including convertible bonds. Convertible bonds are called that because they start out […]