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Is Passive Investing Actually Active?

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Interesting article on the development of passive investment products. “There are now so many indexes that putting your money in an index-tracking fund is a move requiring an active decision…” So, even largely passive strategies require some judgement or active management. There’s over 3 million indexes and only 3,000 investable stocks in the US. So, […]

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Data Quality – Screening Funds and ETFs

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Here’s a great illustration of why you need dividend adjustments when analyzing funds and ETFs. QLENX (a lower risk AQR managed long short fund) has been popular with FastTrackers for a few years and it would be totally off your radar if you’re using Yahoo, CNBC, Fidelity, or any number of other free data outfits […]

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How to invest in Artificial Intelligence

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There’s lots of buzz surrounding AI (artificial intelligence). It’s changing the world as we know it and also is showing strong out performance over the past year. Here’s a list of AI related names in the FastTrack database. The charts below shows the relative strength chart vs SPY of the two most popular ETFs, BOTZ […]

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Charting Bitcoin with FastTrack

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Bitcoin is back on the front page, breaking above above the $10k mark again last week. While its a speculative asset class and typically not something a FastTracker would devote much capital, we have been getting a good number of calls about Bitcoin, Blockchain, and related tech. What do we think, worth a gamble? He’re […]

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How are low volatility ETFs holding up?

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Over the past 5+ years a variety of low volatility equity ETFs have launched with rapid growth. In light of the recent market volatility, how are the funds holding up? The top three are listed below and have a combined AUM of $24 billion: SPHD – PowerShares ETF S&P 500 High Div Low Vol SPLV […]

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Even with Poor Timing, Stocks Still Produce Wealth

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Great quotes on investing for the long term. Even if your timing is the worst, over the long term equities have been “the best generator of wealth.” See the FT Cloud Spreadsheet shots confirming the quote.  “If you look back historically, at the top in 1987 since then the annualized returns in the S&P 500 […]

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Creating Leveraged Investment Portfolios

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FastTrack has a very vocal user base and we get hundreds of feature/update requests a year. The latest enhancement is one of the most exciting features to make the cut in a long time. Starting with v3.0.9.1, you can model leverage portfolios using static models. Leverage is a popular concept where you borrow money to […]

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Energy MLPs – What’s the deal?

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Master limited partnerships (MLPs) have been all over the news lately. Oil and natural gas are down significantly this year, and in return, MLPs have been clobbered. (The popular AMLP – Alerian MLP is down over 35% year to date.) MLPs operate a toll road business model and produce large, dependable dividends. With interest rate […]

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Correlation Study – Investing in Fear

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We had a great tech support call come in today. A long time FastTracker has been “tracking the VIX” and looking to get direct exposure to the index. He asked, “what’s the ticker to buy the VIX?” Well, the answer is simple, but first let’s go through some background. The VIX is an index, more […]

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New Families – Smart Beta

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Its hard to open a newspaper (or news app) these days and not see something about “smart beta,” “liquid alternative,” “strategic beta,” etc etc. There’s hot… Red hot right now. As such, we’ve created a FT Cloud family grouping for these funds. (see the instructions below to find the new family) So, what is a […]

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