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Creating Leveraged Investment Portfolios

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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Sieve Practical Example

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In this post, I’ll walk through a typical use case of a fund sieve. Investors Question: “I have a Fidelity retirement account. Where do I start?” For this really simple example, we’re going to load all the funds in the Fidelity family. Then remove all funds that are not in the Giant family. Then we’ll remove all funds that […]

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FT Cloud Server Issues

4:53pm Eastern – We’re back! No data was lost. Speed might be a little choppy for the next few hours as we tune the new servers up. 4:25pm Eastern – FT Cloud’s servers are having a hiccup. We’re rolling over to our back ups and should be back online soon.

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260 New Stocks Added – 09/03/2014

AAVL – Avalanche Biotechnologies Inc ABAC – Aoxin Tianli Group Inc ABDC – Alcentra Capital Corp ABRW – American Brewing Company, Inc. ABY – Abengoa Yield PLC ACAN – Americann Inc ACSX – AC Simmonds and Sons Inc ACXA – Accurexa Inc ADPT – Adeptus Health Inc Class A AFCT – AFC Building Technologies Inc […]

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210 Stocks Removed From Database – 09/03/2014

ACCL – Accelrys ACO – Amcol International ACST – Acasti Pharma Inc ACUR – Acura Pharmaceuticals Inc ADAT – Authentidate Holding Corp AHT WI – Ashford Hospitality Trust, Inc. ALLME – Alliance Media Group Holdings Inc AMAP – AutoNavi Holdings Ltd. ADR AMBT – Ambient Corp ANAD – Anadigics ARSD – Arabian American Development Company […]

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Translating GDP Declines into Investment Advice

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All over the web we see economic indicators reaching new highs and lows, but investors often confuse economic information with investment information. There is a major disconnect between the economy and the stock market and its easy to see with FastTrack charts. Ignorance has no bounds . . . the story in 5-years will be […]

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Why Do Dividends Adjustments Matter?

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FastTrack has been the premier provider of quality dividend adjusted ETF, fund, and stock data for many years. Serious investors know why dividends are critical. But, here’s a quick crash course in a few charts. The 10 year chart below demonstrates the difference between dividend adjusted return vs non dividend adjusted return for VUSTX (Vanguard […]

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