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What’s in the FastTrack Stocks Database?

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We’ve posted in the past about the decreasing number of investible stocks in the US (https://investorsfasttrack.com/is-passive-active/). Per the post, there’s about 3,000 investible companies listed in the US. But, FastTrack has approximately 4,500 stocks in the database. What makes up the difference? First, FastTrack tries to include every stock listed on the NYSE and NASDAQ […]

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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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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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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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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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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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