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Each week, we tap the insight of Sam Stovall, Chief Equity Strategist for S&P Capital IQ, for his perspective on the current market.  EQ: The latest Fed announcement came out Wednesday, and while most of Wall Street wasn’t necessarily expecting any big changes, the market was uneasy leading up to…
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ETFs Pay Dividends Too   You already know that exchange-traded-funds (ETFs) offer an easy way to quickly take positions in hot market sectors and then jump out when the action cools. But, did you know that ETFs also work for dividend investors? In fact, many new dividend-paying ETFs have come…
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We thought we would do things a little differently this week. As a research driven firm, we spend a lot of time reading, from books to research papers to blogs. This week, we thought we’d focus on some of the great content we’ve read in the last few weeks. A…
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Those familiar with our Risk Managed Sector series (U.S. large-cap, U.S. small-cap, and global large-cap) know that we utilize an equal-weighting methodology among the sector ETFs we invest in. For example, when all nine of the U.S. large-cap sectors are in the portfolio, they each receive an 11.11% allocation. We…
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In a recent conversation with a financial advisor, I was asked why Newfound offered two risk managed domestic equity strategies: Risk Managed U.S. Sectors and U.S. Factor Defensive Equity. The underlying question was really, “What’s the difference between a sector- and a factor-based approach?” The basic definition for a sector…
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It’s a choice that’s nearly a matter of financial life or death. Deciding the right number of stocks to hold in your portfolio is a balance between risk and return – too few and your risk is high, too many and you might as well own a broad market fund…
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Just before market close on April 1st, an entry titled “Announcing the Tesla Model W” was posted to Tesla’s (TSLA) official blog. The text read: "PALO ALTO, Calif., April 1, 2015 – Tesla today announced a whole new product line called the Model W. As many in the media predicted,…
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European measures of business sentiment from and consumer confidence from the European Commission are up in the last week. European QE is ongoing, and we note that European stocks are reacting positively to European sentiment. In spite of the Greek issue, the stocks on the continent are doing nicely. Fed…
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Earlier this week, Ben Carlson, over at his blog A Wealth of Common Sense, authored a post entitled Bonds Are Supposed to be Boring. With people all worked up over bonds lately, this is a refreshing perspective. In the post, he showed a handful of graphs demonstrating: The reasonable long-term…
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When Fed Chair Janet Yellen commented last July about biotechs whose valuations were “substantially stretched,” we took it with a grain of salt. High valuations in the space are normal, and after a very healthy correction last April, we thought the space still had room to run.  Now, however, we…
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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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