iSectors Blog: ETF


4th Quarter 2015 Market Summary Commentary

Although US stocks rebounded in 2015’s final quarter, most other asset classes were flat or down.  As a whole, 2015 was unusual in that there were not major asset classes with results greater than...

Advisors Need to Know How to Address Their Clients’ Market Concerns

Contributed by Chuck Self Chief Operating Officer | Chief Investment Officer at iSectors® Given the recent 10% stock market decline from the May 2015 highs, financial advisors are receiving calls and emails from concerned...

Why Invest in ETFs instead of Mutual Funds at Year-End?

By Vern Sumnicht As we approach the end of  2015, it’s  a good time to recall another one of the advantages of using ETFs rather than mutual funds. When investing in mutual funds close...

Dividend ETFs vs. Smart Beta

By John Koch The latest article by David Dziekanski for ETF.com (12/14/16), “Older Dividend ETF Strategies Are Fading” is eyebrow-raising–to say the least. I won’t get into the lauding of smart-beta ETFs by the author,...

What Happened in the “Surprising Equity Sectors” of 2015

By Chuck Self, Chief Investment Officer, iSectors Energy   Energy was the worst performing sector in 2015, down 25% compared to a negative 2% for the S&P 500.             ...

Barron’s Laughable Cover Story on the Stock Market Outlook for 2016

Barron’s presented 10 “prominent” strategists’ views on the economy and 2016 market this last weekend (12/12/15). I laughed as I read the article this past weekend. My takeaways are as follows: Every one of them...

ETF Hits & Misses In 2015

By Chuck Self for ETF.com – ETF Strategist Corner Related ETFs  DFJ, DXJS, FDN, PNQI, KWEB, RSX, RBL, ERUS, UNG, FCG This article is part of a regular series of thought leadership pieces from some...

Winning Next Year: iSectors and Others Share Attractive Sectors

Two recent articles support our sector views given that the Federal Reserve is likely to raise rates later this month: In Schwab Sector Views: Sector Impact of a Fed Hike, Brad Sorenson of Charles...

Safety First: Model Portfolios for the Coming Volatile Year

2016 will likely be a “Jekyll and Hyde” market.  As financial advisors meet with their clients at or around the beginning of the new year, they should be mindful of these economic and market...

The Most Powerful Reason to Own Treasuries–Now

By Chuck Self iSectors Chief Invesment Officer, Chief Operating Officer The reason can be summed up in four initials: F O M C (The Federal Open Market Committee). The FOMC (part of the Federal Reserve...