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In our March 9, 2015 commentary, we introduced the concept of micro-correlation storms – short periods of time when major asset classes all move in the same direction. During the week preceding that commentary, ETF proxies for eleven major asset classes lost more than 28% in aggregate. Our analysis suggested…
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It took less than three hours for Jeremy Schwartz – Director of Research at WisdomTree – to email me and tell me he thinks I am wrong. On Friday night, I posted a brief article on Forbes.com titled "The Ups and Downs of Currency Hedged ETFs", which was meant to address…
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What was the old saying about March? “In like a lion...” You know it was a rough start when stocks were the asset of safety. While global equities were down only 1.84%, 20+ US Treasuries were down 4.47%, broad commodities were down 3.30% and US REITs were down 3.60%. One…
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Knowable-but-Ignored (ESG) Factors that Drive Valuation Since the financial crisis of 2008, mainstream investing’s reliance on indexing has resulted in index-based investment strategies growing to a tripling of assets. While John Bogle’s first index fund at Vanguard is nearing its fortieth birthday, investors are now shifting to “smarter” indexing – based…
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An interesting map has been floating around the last week or so. Constructed at The Telegraph, it shows the massive disparity between global interest rates. In it we can see the massively depressed rates of most developed countries and the sky-high rates of Brazil and Russia. Accompanying this picture is…
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Without a doubt, most recaps this week will be about the Greek debt deal, where Greece received a four-month financial aid extension and in-turn agreed to honor all its debts. Markets seemed to take the news positively with the iShares European Monetary Union ETF (EZU) up 1.88% on the week…
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The S&P 500 broke free of its recent mean-reversionary tendencies and charged upward to a new all-time high of 2096.99. Queue the balloons and tickertape: it’s time to party like it’s 1999! Now some may remember how partying in 1999 turned out (hint: not well). While the deepest troughs of…
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Andrew McDonald believes investors fundamentally underestimate the risk of investing in companies with drugs in development. To address the inherent hazards, McDonald cofounded LifeSci Advisors, which creates exchange-traded funds to limit risk. In this interview with The Life Sciences Report, McDonald describes how funds can be designed to grow on…
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In recent years, there’s been a counterargument gaining momentum that questions the belief in the “small-cap premium.” For decades, investors have accepted the notion that small-cap companies possessed higher potential to create excess returns. While, as a whole, tracking the two asset classes may produce inconclusive results, what it’s discounting…
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Investors are fuming about high fees and weak results. Their view is that investment managers take their money and run. In short, it's the perfect situation for a Myth Buster investigation. Money shifts as current alternatives sour and attractive prospects open. PIMCO is a current example, suffering withdrawals that may…
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At equities.com, we’ve always been focused on building an active community among the leading voices within the world of finance. As with many other fields, in finance, we’ve noticed a significant shift away from traditional sources of financial news, tips and predictions, and toward a growing number of financial bloggers.…
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After 60+ days, the S&P 500 remains within its tight 6% range. While the pinball machine can be a bit agonizing, we can look towards history to get some perspective. In fact, it was not that long ago – a 90-day period from March to May of 2014 – that…
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