iSectors Blog: Economy


Dos and don’ts for income investors

Contributed by Vern Sumnicht Originally written for and published in Post-Crescent/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. This is a difficult environment for individuals living on a fixed income. The problem is trying to invest money safely while...

iSectors®, LLC 2nd Quarter 2017 Summary Commentary

Approved for Client Use   Summary Overview Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 3.09% during the quarter and was up 17.90% over the past twelve months. MSCI AC World ex US Index (international stocks)...

iSectors Quarterly Summary Replay – 4Q 2016

In this 15 minute webcast, iSectors’ chief investment officer, Chuck Self discussed the 4th quarter performance of all the iSectors models and provided talking points to be used in client meetings. Chuck also provided his...

Winners and losers under Trump

By Vern Sumnicht Originally published by For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Post-Crescent, Appleton. Donald Trump was sworn in as U.S. president on Jan. 20, and even with a supportive Senate and Congress, it’s hard to believe he...

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...

Will low interest rate expectations perpetuate deflation, recession, or worse?

Contributed by Vern Sumnicht Many of you likely recall the high inflation and high interest rate economy the U.S. experienced back in the late 1970s and early 1980s.  There were families paying 14 percent...

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...

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...

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...