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One portfolio to rule them all?

Unfortunately, portfolios are not like a certain type of ring, forged with magical powers to rule over the world, man/hobbit/elf kind, and all other types of investment portfolios. There is no one portfolio to rule them all. There are many different styles and types of portfolios with very different characteristics, asset allocations, and histories. Most importantly, the appropriate type of investment…

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Using dividends to cushion against market gyrations

Early in 2013 I presented a quantitative strategy based on dividend paying stocks from OShaughnessy’s What Works On Wall Street. The Enhanced Dividend Yield strategy. The strategy provides market beating returns, higher sharpe ratios, and a healthy dividend stream. One of the best things about this strategy is it’s high stick-to-it-iveness. That’s a highly technical financial term that means that…

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Investing during market turmoil

Maybe the best thing about quant or automatic investing is the peace of mind it provides during times of market turmoil. While I would by no means characterize the recent market action as ‘turmoil’, many investors seem to think it is. It always amazes me how short term the investor memory is. Has everyone forgotten the corrections of 2010 (16%)…

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Yes, you are trying too hard

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” Socrates When I read the Socrates quote above I can’t imagine what he would have said about today’s world. We live in a highly complex non-linear world with access to way more information than even massive computers can…

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Technology is shaking up the investing landscape

There’s been couple of recent announcements in the portfolio management industry which show the extent of technology’s penetration into the industry. The announcements further continue the rise of such automatic investing companies like Betterment and Wealthfront which are using modern technology to automate and drive down investment costs for individuals. First, Covestor announced a series of Core ETF Portfolios with zero…

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A year in the life of a trending value portfolio

It’s kind of hard to believe but almost a year ago I introduced the trending value quant portfolio. Since I’m coming up on a rebalancing and I’ll start work on the new portfolio this weekend I wanted to take a look back and see how last year’s portfolio performed. Also, I’ll point out some highlights and lowlights in the portfolio.…

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