iSectors Blog: Financial Advisor Information


3rd Quarter 2015 Summary Commentary

Summary Overview Standard & Poor’s 500 was down 6.44% during the quarter and down 0.61% over the past 12 months. MSCI AC World ex US (international stocks) underperformed US stocks in the quarter by...

Post-MPT 4th Quarter Update

UNSAFE AT CURRENT SPEEDS The quantitative model supporting the Post-MPT strategies has made major changes in the third quarter. At the end of June, the iSectors® Post-MPT Growth Allocation was leveraged, with major overweights...

Get Ready for QE4

Emerging markets are in trouble… The iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM), which holds roughly 800 emerging-market stocks, is down 23% since last September. And things have gotten even worse recently. EEM has now...

ETF Spotlight: The Guggenheim Pure ETFs

Over the last few months, the investment team here at iSectors has been going through a rigorous research process to fine tune our ETF investment strategies. We want to make sure we have the...

The Case for Post-MPT as a Liquid Alternative

It is a little known fact that the iSectors Post-MPT Growth Allocation actually started out as a hedge fund way back in 2005. Very shortly thereafter, it was decided that ETFs would be a much...

Interest rate hike in September or December?

Although the timing is variable, we agree with the Fed Funds futures market that the first Fed rate rise will take place in December.  Given the global economic slowdown, the Fed does not want...

iSectors Post-MPT Growth Update – September 2015

The September rebalancing of the iSectors Post-MPT Growth Allocation resulted in a major downward shift in the portfolios risk.  The amount of leverage dropped from 29% in August to 2%. It has been over two...

Yes, a dividend-paying domestic allocation can be categorized as a global allocation

This is great news! The large multinational companies in iSectors Domestic Equities Allocation model earn one-half of their revenues from international and emerging market countries. In turn, clients are getting international investment exposure by investing in iSectors Domestic Equities...

Chuck Self on Stock Market 2015: “…3rd Quarter earnings will be fine…”

“Stay the course and be patient…” is the best thing to do during a turbulent moment and it’s worked throughout history. “Stocks are still up sharply over the last 6 years. The bull market rally began in March...

Can we learn to love rising interest rates?

By Chuck Self I posted a comment on ETF.com, last week, on the article, How I Learned to Love Rising Interest Rates.  Although the author’s premise was sound, his proofs were not.  Here is my...