If there’s one thing investors love, it’s consistency and reliability. Two attributes that deftly describe the trend of exchange-traded funds that track low volatility stocks.
This unique category of the ETF universe has rapidly expanded in recent years through a combination of persistent fund flows and sector momentum. The factors that ultimately shape low volatility indexes have proven to offer attractive characteristics for conservative investors that want equity exposure without the downside risk of a typical broad-based benchmark. Read more
Active investors are continually looking for innovative ways to beat the market. They want to believe that some perfect combination of fundamental or technical indicators will lead to the holy grail of outperformance (otherwise known as alpha).
In the broadest sense, there are two ways to beat the market: on the upside or on the downside. You either take more risk or less than the benchmark. Read more
In this month’s video, I look at the overall trends in global stock markets with particular emphasis on the U.S. dollar impact. Chart review includes analysis of U.S. stocks, international stocks, interest rates, oil prices, and volatility. Observations of risk and reward are noted throughout, with an emphasis on trend following and sensible portfolio management strategies. Recorded on July 26, 2017.
High yield municipal bond income seems like a dream come true in today’s market. The ability to capture a 4%+ income stream with little taxable impact in a strongly trending credit environment is the ideal situation for many retirees. This is particularly true for investors who have more money stashed away in taxable trusts and brokerage portfolios than traditional retirement accounts. Read more
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