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Smart Beta and High Yield

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We’re highlighting smart beta and actively managed ETFs again this week. While still a small portion of the overall market (see the attached article), increased market volatility and rising interest rates are bringing investor interest back to active. For now, mostly in bond products, but re: the attached article, international and emerging market products are […]

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How to Choose an Benchmark – Market Indexes

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We get lots of questions about indexes, specifically what are the appropriate indexes to use on the spreadsheet benchmark field. The short answer is… for US Equities use an US equity benchmark (SP-DA – S&P 500 div adjusted) and bonds use a bond benchmark (AGG-X – Barclays Aggregate Bond Ix) . But, if you’re doing […]

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A New Twists on Smart Beta

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Smart beta is getting a lot of attention from the financial press and new products are coming to market daily. FastTrack is adding 20-30 a month. A great quote from the linked article speaks to the scale: “Investors handed $184 billion to smart beta ETFs from 2015 to 2017 while pulling $308 billion from equity […]

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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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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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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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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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