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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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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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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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