iSectors Blog: Financial Markets and Investing Strategies


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...

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...

How to assess your economic picture

Originally contributed to USA TODAY NETWORK Wisconsin By Vern Sumnicht CEO/founder iSectors®, LLC and Sumnicht & Associates. Mark Twain was famously known for the quote, “rumors of my demise are greatly exaggerated,” which is largely applicable...

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...