iSectors Blog: Financial Markets and Investing Strategies


Advisors: How to Show Valentine’s Day LOVE with Precious Metals Redux

Contributed by Chuck Self, Chief Investment Officer, iSectors **** Two years ago, I posted a piece recommending that one of the most tangible ways that advisors can show affection to their clients is to add...

Perspective of the Recent Market Decline in 7 Graphs

The recent U.S. stock market decline is not unusual.  However, it has been two years since one of this magnitude has happened. In a typical year, a 11% to 14% drop in the Standard...

3 Attractive, Tax Favored, Sectors for Advisors This Year

Contributed by Chuck Self, CIO, CCO, COO – iSectors …. As the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was formed and eventually enacted, many mid-cycle, economically dependent equity sectors, such as consumer discretionary,...

How to Manage Tax-Free Bond Portfolios More Effectively

Contributed by Chuck Self – iSectors Chief Investment Officer Even with recent tax law changes, the need for tax-exempt municipal bond portfolios remain significant.  Although the top tax bracket has been lowered to 37%, a...

Dos and don’ts for income investors

Contributed by Vern Sumnicht Originally written for and published in Post-Crescent/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. This is a difficult environment for individuals living on a fixed income. The problem is trying to invest money safely while...

ETFs are as revolutionary as the first no-load mutual funds!

By Vern Sumnicht, CEO, Founder iSectors, LLC Sumnicht & Associates, LLC was founded in 1988 and for 12 years, we used active asset management, that is, professional money managers and/or actively managed mutual funds. After...

3 Reasons Why Retirement Plan Investment Lineups Need to Include Professionally Managed Models

By Scott Jones, iSectors Director of Business Development Many retirement plan sponsors spend a considerable amount of time crafting participant communication in an attempt to increase plan participation, maximize employee deferrals, increase investment diversification, or improve...

Insider look at Post-MPT Growth with risk/return triangles

Note: We published a version of this article back in 2014.  We’ve updated this article (read below) with 2017 data, and it’s interesting to see that many of the long-term trends still remain intact even...

iSectors 2Q 2017 Allocations Review and Summary

In this 15 minute webcast, iSectors’ Chief Investment Officer, Chuck Self discusses the 2017 2nd quarter performance of all the iSectors models and provided talking points to be used in client meetings. Chuck also provided his...

Sumnicht: Investors must be flexible

Vern Sumnicht, For USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin Originally published for Post-Crescent The quote “wisdom requires a flexible mind,” couldn’t be more appropriate for investors today. Despite the substantial uncertainties hanging over the heads of investors like the...