iSectors Blog: Financial Markets and Investing Strategies


iSectors’ Use of ETFs in 401k Plans – Part 1

In case you missed it or you just newly started following us and our blog, iSectors’ ETF models are not only available to standard wealth managers, they are also available in any 401(k) plan....

The history of 401k Investing

Today’s Throwback Thursday article (below) may be the most historical one we will ever post! In October 2014, iSectors’ CEO Vern Sumnicht was quoted in an article on FiduciaryNews.com entitled “Explaining 401k Investing Basics Through...

No eye test or gut feelings when considering which ETFs to use in iSectors strategies

Today’s Throwback Thursday post falls on the first full day of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. As people all across the country fill out their brackets, trying to predict the eventual winner of the...

Investing Insights: How iSectors Utilizes ETFs

The Future is Now In a post we published about a week ago, we included an excerpt from an article that came from a mutual funds website. At the end of the post we...

Protecting clients from rising interest rates

Given the strong economic growth indicators released over the past few months, it has become clear that the Federal Reserve will raise short-term interest rates this year. If history is a guide, this action...

Should You Hire an Expensive Money Manager or Invest in Low Cost Unmanaged Indexes?

As you will read here on the iSectors blog, we’ve been discussing a very specific part of iSectors’ business as of late–writing about the Post-Modern Portfolio Theory and more specifically, the iSectors Post-MPT Growth Allocation....

No Modern Portfolio Theory is definitely NOT dead

A note from Vern Sumnicht… The piece I wrote back in 2009 was more or less a knee-jerk response to an article titled, “Modern Portfolio Theory is Dead.” The point was to simply ask...

iSectors Quarterly Summary – 4Q 2014

In case you missed it, or just want to listen in again, watch the replay of iSectors’ 4Q 2014 webinar presentation summary here… The iSectors Quarterly Summary – 4Q 2014 – 21 January 2015, 3:15 pm CDT (US...

The Effect of Oil Price Movements on US Equities

By Chuck Self It has certainly been a confusing equity market recently. At times, falling oil prices are good since it puts more money into consumers’ and businesses’ pockets.  Alternatively, the declining energy prices...

Equity Sector Surprises…the Highs and Lows of 2014

2014 was a year of highs and lows, as is every year, but in this case “high” actually means “record high” because both the S&P 500 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average saw record...