iSectors Blog: ETF


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...

ETF Spotlight on SPHD

By John Koch The iSectors ETF spotlight series continues with a look at the PowerShares S&P 500 High Dividend Low Volatility ETF (SPHD). Last month, we wrote about the ProShares S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats...

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...

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...

ETF Spotlight on NOBL

By John Koch Back in April, we wrote about the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY). SDY is just one of the dividend funds we use in the iSectors Global Equity and Domestic Equity Allocations....

What Really Drives White Metals Prices?

The purpose of this article is to examine and explicate the variety of market forces that drive white metals—silver, platinum,  and  palladium—prices worldwide. When  it comes to overall behavior, the white metals can be distinguished from gold in...

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...