Written by David Fabian, October 31st, 2017
One important dynamic of portfolio construction and risk management is understanding how your stocks fluctuate in relation to the broader market. This factor is often referred to as “beta,” which is essentially the historical volatility of a stock or fund in relation to a benchmark such as the S&P 500 Index.
The higher the measured beta of your holdings, the greater price fluctuations they will have in comparison to the benchmark. A high beta score doesn’t necessarily mean that your investments will outperform on the upside or underperform on the downside. It simply means they have exhibited characteristics of outsized moves or over-reactions in the past.
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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, April 26th, 2017
There is an allure to stock picking that many investors find irresistible. They want to believe that uncovering the next Apple, Facebook, or Amazon is just a click away. That they will have the fortitude to hold through the desperate times, in order to reap the rewards of exponentially increasing their wealth.
Individual stocks also carry unique and personable stories that make them easier to latch onto. Products that consumers love. Executives with a firm grasp on their business model. Fundamentals that belie the true value of the company’s hidden potential. Some, or all, of these factors add to the attractiveness of publicly-traded stocks as they align with your philosophical beliefs about the markets and economy.