iSectors Blog: Financial Markets and Investing Strategies


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...

The iSectors®, LLC 3rd Quarter 2016 Summary and Commentary

Summary Overview Standard & Poor’s 500 was up 3.85% during the quarter and up 15.43% over the past 12 months. MSCI AC World ex US (international stocks) outperformed US stocks in the quarter by...

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...

A Spotlight on Global X SuperDividend US ETF (DIV)

By John Koch As you may recall from our of our past ETF spotlight posts, iSectors loves to talk about dividend ETFs.  In this iteration we will be discussing the Global X SuperDividend US...

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...

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...

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...

Financial Planning Industry Trends

By Vern Sumnicht The financial planning and investment advisory industry has always been evolving. The professionals in the financial planning business come from various professions and, therefore, have different types of training and experience...