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Financial Planning Industry Trends

By Vern Sumnicht The financial planning and investment advisory industry has always been evolving. The professionals in the financial planning business come from various professions and, therefore, have different types of training and experience...

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

The research on Modern Portfolio Theory (MPT) was published more than 55 years ago.  Nonetheless, it would be difficult to overstate the influence of MPT’s core principles on the manner in which investments are...

Mr. Market is Scared About The Economy This Year

By Chuck Self, iSectors Chief Investment Officer “Wall Street discounts the future,” wrote Charles Dow, the founder of the Wall Street Journal in 1899.  Dow biographer Paul Shread said, “Dow’s observation that the...

How to assess your economic picture

Originally contributed to USA TODAY NETWORK Wisconsin By Vern Sumnicht CEO/founder iSectors®, LLC and Sumnicht & Associates. Mark Twain was famously known for the quote, “rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated,” which is largely applicable...

6 Reasons Why Platinum and Palladium Are Likely to Shine in Investment Portfolios

Contributed by Nitesh Shah Director, Commodities Strategist, ETF Securities Gold is up nearly 20 percent in 2016, with investors flocking into the yellow metal for its potential safe-haven benefits as the market evaluates central bank policies...

iSectors Quarterly Summary Replay – 1Q 2016

In case you missed it, or would like listen in again, you can watch the replay of the iSectors’ 1Q 2016 webinar presentation summary here…

iSectors’ ETF Spotlight on the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY)

By John Koch The SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) may sound self-explanatory at first. Without digging any deeper, one might think it was just State Street’s version of a high yield dividend ETF that...

Awful 2016 Earnings Should Lead to Unattractive Equities This Year

The US economy is in a precarious position. There are three monthly economic releases that are important to iSectors’ work.  One is the unemployment rate, which rose last month due to more people entering...

ETFs … They Aren’t Your Father’s Oldsmobile

By Vern Sumnicht, CEO, Founder iSectors, LLC Sumnicht & Associates, LLC was founded in 1988 and for 12 years, we used active asset management, that is, professional money managers and/or actively managed mutual funds. After...