iSectors Blog: Chuck Self


What Happened in the Surprising Equity Sectors of 2016?

  Contributed by Chuck Self, Chief Investment Officer.   1.    Energy a.  Energy was the best performing sector in 2016, up 27% compared to a positive 11% for the S&P 500. b.  Through...

Who Had 3 of the Top Ranked Morningstar Strategies?

Contributed by Chuck Self Morningstar released its Second Quarter 2016 ETF Managed Portfolio Landscape Report late last week and, once again, iSectors was listed as one of the premier firms in the report. Here are some of...

Is Gold More Than a Wonderful Safe Haven?

Contributed by Chuck Self, Chief Investment Officer. Precious metals, especially gold, have been fabulous investments this year.  SPDR Gold Shares (GLD), which holds gold bullion, is up 23% during 2016’s first three-quarters.  VanEck Vectors...

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...

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...

How to Meet Clients Expectations in a Low Return Environment – Part 2

by Chuck Self Continued from Part I  Once the portfolio has been properly managed, we should look to increase potential return. We will diversify from a static portfolio that aims to match or exceed...

How to Meet Clients’ Expectations in a Low Return Environment – Part 1

By Chuck Self The McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) recently released a study on diminishing investment returns. They cite the “exceptional economic and business conditions” during the past 30 years that led to above-trend equity...

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...