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
Written by David Fabian, June 15th, 2017
Every year brings with it new challenges with respect to sector leaders and laggards. This is particularly acute for investors that own individual stocks or that like to add tactical exposure via sector-focused ETFs. Sometimes you are in the sweet spot and other times you miss the mark entirely.
That scenario perfectly encapsulates the recent divergence between the top and bottom performing sectors this year. Technology has been the big outperforming growth theme that has been driven by tremendous momentum and enthusiastic sentiment. Conversely, energy stocks have languished by the wayside as falling oil and natural gas prices weigh on valuation prospects. Read more
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.
Written by David Fabian, May 07th, 2017
The ability to compare your historical returns to an index or benchmark is an important component of investment success. This exercise allows you to judge whether your strategy is performing up to your expectations or review the effectiveness of someone else’s advice before you decide to hire them. While this practice is commonplace throughout the industry, I often see investors making head-scratching conclusions based on biased or incomplete information. Read more
Written by David Fabian, February 07th, 2017
Ask a room full of experts what the most important part of a successful investment strategy is and you will likely get a range of candid responses. Most would gravitate towards answers like security selection, position size, time, or cost as their primary recommendations.
Those characteristics are certainly important and should not be overlooked. However, the data behind ETF asset flows and fund returns continues to signify a tremendous deficiency in net performance for individual investors. Much of this gap can be attributed to behavioral choices – i.e. buying high or selling low.