Written by David Fabian, August 25th, 2017
I write a ton of words every week on the topic of building income portfolios using exchange-traded funds. Some articles are purely an exercise in research and education, while others are directed towards real-world concepts that we are implementing for clients of our firm.
It’s through this process that I often dive into a new fund or sector and compare it to an established group of peers. It’s also refreshing to see funds that I have reviewed favorably in the past live up to (or exceed) their lofty expectations. Read more
Written by David Fabian, January 25th, 2017
Many investors are familiar with the GARP acronym, which stands for Growth At A Reasonable Price. The basic definition is to uncover stocks with reasonable fundamentals (undervalued) that have sustainable growth potential. The methodology seems sound and is essentially a way of saying – don’t chase price simply for the sake of recent performance.
On the flip side of that ideology is a perilous path that I have seen many investors tread in recent years. I call it “Yield at Any Price” or YAAP. Read more
Written by David Fabian, January 06th, 2017
A reader recently sent me a question asking why you would own a bond fund when interest rates are on the move higher. This type of sentiment is more than likely on the minds of many investors as they prepare for 2017 and evaluate adjustments to their asset allocation.
The short answer is that every diversified portfolio should have bond exposure to balance out the risk of other asset classes – i.e. stocks and commodities. Bonds have historically provided a shock absorber for the equity side of the portfolio and have not shown any signs of relinquishing that trait. Simply letting go of all your bond exposure will unnecessarily tilt your risks and returns towards a single outcome. Read more
Written by David Fabian, December 16th, 2016
Retired investors are often looking for core exposure in funds that demonstrate low costs and steady income. These two attributes are key to maintaining a correlation with the market, while creating a passive stream of dependable dividends to offset living expenses. One fund company that offers several different options in this arena is the iShares suite of ETFs from BlackRock. Read more
Written by David Fabian, November 03rd, 2016
Investors who have entered the retirement phase of their life cycle or place great importance on income often have tunnel vision for high yield investments. In the majority of portfolios that I review, the most commonly chosen stock funds are all factoring for companies with the highest yields. Yield is inexplicably viewed as an important characteristic and has also been linked to a sense of safety or lower volatility. Read more