iSectors Blog


Will Stocks Go Down if Interest Rates Go Up?

By Vern Sumnicht, MBA, CFP, CEO and Founder of iSectors. Currently, the ten-year Treasury bond interest rates are about 1.62% (September 2016).  Many investors are concerned that when the Federal Reserve stops printing money, interest...

Will the Feds Raise Rates in 2016?

Contributed by Vern Sumnicht, MBA, CFP, CEO and Founder of iSectors. Harvard University recently published these graphs. Assuming the Federal Reserve is privy to the information below, it doesn’t surprise me that they didn’t raise...

Equity Trend Following Strategies are Shams

Equity trend following or momentum strategies and funds have become very popular in the past decade.  A number of providers, large and small, have created these funds to attract investors that moved away from...

iSectors® Post-MPT: Improving the Application of Modern Portfolio Theory

This week, we revisit the seminal piece of research behind the new iSectors Post-MPT Growth ETF (PMPT). At iSectors, we believe in the principals of Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) which was published during the...

Potential benefits of a precious metals allocation

Contributed by Maxwell Gold Director –Investment Strategy Registered representative of ALPS Distributors, Inc.       Precious metals such as gold, silver, platinum, and palladium have grown in prominence in recent years as viable...

iSectors Quarterly Summary Replay – 2Q 2016

In case you missed it, or would like listen in again, you can watch the replay of the iSectors’ 2Q 2016 webinar presentation summary here…  

The iSectors®, LLC 2nd Quarter 2016 Summary Commentary

Summary Overview Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 2.46% during the quarter and up 3.99% over the past 12 months. MSCI AC World ex US (international stocks) underperformed US stocks in the quarter by...

Winning Investment Strategies Need Offense and Defense

By Scott Jones @Scott_iSectors In the sports world, entire teams or individuals spend a portion of the time playing offense and another portion of the time playing defense. Good defense keeps bad things from...

It is humbling to listen to one’s market views from 18 months ago

…when I talked to Benzinga, on their PreMarket Prep morning radio program in December, 2014. Chuck Self Chief Investment Officer at iSectors What I got wrong: Stocks would have a good 2016. Utilities were overvalued and health care was...

Is Brexit Really Freedom?

By Chuck Self In the words of the immortal Janis Joplin… “Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.” The following note was in my email inbox yesterday, via one of the...