Trump to NATO: Unpaid dues unfair to U.S. taxpayers

President Donald Trump spoke at the NATO headquarters in Brussels Thursday, delivering a stern message and putting pressure once again on NATO members to pay their fair share, which he said should be more than the current 2 percent-of-GDP threshold.

Stocks

Technology

US home equity is back, so why aren't more people borrowing?

Alicia Johnson and her husband wanted to renovate their home last fall but ran into a roadblock: When they tried to refinance their mortgage and borrow against their equity, five banks said no. Problem was, the Johnsons' mortgage covered their home in Christiansburg, Virginia, and some adjacent land — a deal-breaker.

ETFs

A Boring ETF Sector is Starting to Get Exciting

The utilities sector usually is not associated with excitement, but the sector is on a roll and is breaking out on a technical basis. The Utilities Select Sector SPDR (NYSEArca: XLU), the largest utilities sector exchange traded fund, is up 8.4% year-to-date and more than 2% over just the past week. Previously, XLU and rival…

Retirement

Momentum-Based Smart Beta ETFs Hit All-Time Highs

Among the investment factors delivering solid returns this year is momentum, a fact confirmed by several momentum-based smart beta exchange traded funds hitting all-time highs on Wednesday. The Powershares DWA Momentum Portfolio (NASDAQ: PDP), which utilizes technical analysis from Dorsey Wright and picks out stocks based on relative strength, was one of the momentum ETFs to…

Investors Dash Out of Small-Cap ETFs, Spooked by Selloff

Marquee small-cap exchange traded funds, including the iShares Core S&P Small-Cap ETF (NYSEArca: IJR) and the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEArca: IWM), have been widely highlighted as laggards among equity ETFs this year. On a year-to-date basis, investors in S&P 500-tracking ETFs are enjoying returns of nearly 8% while IWM and IJR are higher by…