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Dual Momentum and FT Cloud+

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In 2011, FT Cloud started as solely a momentum trading engine, but gradually expanded to incorporate more general tools such as the spreadsheet, chart, and family tree. Today’s posts brings us back to the original concept, with a slight twist. Gary Antonacci wrote the book Dual Momentum Investing (http://a.co/bgR4Jx8) and it covers the ins and […]

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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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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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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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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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