iSectors Blog: ETF


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...

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...

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’ 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...

How to Earn Attractive Returns in Strong and Weak Equity Markets

Unfortunately, investors that strongly emphasized 3 and 5 year performance numbers to choose investments at the beginning of 2015 have been disappointed with their results over the past 12 months.  Our view is that...