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Are Active Stock Picking ETFs Missing The Point?

Written by David Fabian, August 29th, 2017

The influx of capital into exchange-traded funds has prompted many active managers to take a hard look at their business models. The old days of high-fee mutual funds, hedge funds, and separate accounts are becoming harder to justify. Investors want transparency, they want liquidity, and they want low-cost.

Those are the hallmarks of the exchange-traded fund platform. It’s why companies like BlackRock and Vanguard have expanded their asset management businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars over the last several years. This is a freight train of capital moving in virtually one direction with no signs of slowing down.

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Put TCW’s New Actively Managed Bond ETF On Your Watch List

Written by David Fabian, July 22nd, 2017

I’ve always been a big fan of actively managed bond funds as a way for investors to access risk managed or alpha-generating strategies.  Unlike active stock pickers, the best managers from the likes of PIMCO, DoubleLine, Guggenheim, and Loomis Sayles have proven track records of adding value for their investors versus a passive benchmark.  Fixed-income is still one of those asset classes where sector positioning, duration targeting, and credit selection can make a huge impact on net returns.

Look back through my blog and you will see numerous references to some of my favorite funds like the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund (DBLTX) or the PIMCO Income Fund (PONDX).  We have owned both for our clients and in our own accounts for years.  Read more

FANG ETF Takes Performance Chasing To The Next Level

Written by David Fabian, July 15th, 2017

We’ve finally hit peak “FANG”.  The acronym used to describe a handful of high growth stocks including Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google.  It’s a way for market watchers and CNBC aficionados to easily reference these big winners without overtaxing their jaw muscles.

All four of these household names have gained more than 30% over the last 52-weeks.  Their momentum has become so unstoppable that someone felt it would be a good idea to create an ETF geared specifically towards this theme. Read more

4 Key Factors To Consider Before Selecting An Active ETF

Written by David Fabian, June 13th, 2017

ETF investors have wholeheartedly embraced the transparency and low-cost of passively managed investment vehicles.  Billions of dollars every year since the great financial crisis have left the obfuscated world of high-priced mutual funds and transitioned into index-based ETFs.

This rotation is almost entirely based on the foundation that you know exactly what you own, why you own it, and what the minimal expenses will be. There is a comfort and reliability that the fund will perform to an exacting standard with very little deviation from its benchmark.

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Contemplating Risk At All-Time Highs In Stocks

Written by David Fabian, May 29th, 2017

It’s easy to get sucked into the tunnel vision of an easy market.  Trends are strong, liquidity is abundant, credit markets are cheerful, and volatility is low.  This is when it becomes easy to get complacent.  To trick yourself into believing the recent past will extend indefinitely into the future.  It’s a mental trap that even the most tenured investors find themselves falling into over various cycles. Read more