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Are Equal Weight Indexes Bias-Free?

Over the past several years there’s been a lot of derogatory talk against traditional market cap weighted indexes. And one of the oft-repeated arguments against traditional indexing that you’re guaranteed to read about or see is something like, “Market cap weighted indexes overweight overvalued large-cap stocks and underweight undervalued smaller-cap stocks.” As a result of these arguments, there’s been a relentless …

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Here’s Why a Total Market Approach is Better vs. the S&P 500

Last year, Warren Buffett said he would direct the trustees of his estate to put 90% of his remaining assets in an S&P 500 index fund and 10% in short-term government bonds.  Is there a better approach for individual investors to follow? Although popular benchmarks like the S&P 500 get most of the headlines, broader funds like …

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Portfolio Report Card: A Risk Heavy $696,000 Investment Plan

Your investment portfolio is nothing more than a reflection of you. Put another way, it’s a personal statement about how you view risk, taxes, diversification, and investment cost. If you’re negligent in building an investment portfolio that fails to correctly address these key areas, your performance results are likely to suffer. My latest Portfolio Report …

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Stock ETFs Keep Vacuuming in Assets

Never mind how U.S. stocks are at all-time highs.  People are pouring more money into stock tracking ETFs. The top three ETFs by asset inflows over the past week were the iShares S&P MidCap ETF (NYSEARCA:IJH), iShares S&P 500 ETF (NYSEARCA:IVV), and the PowerShares Nasdaq 100 ETF (NasdaqGM:QQQ).  IJH raked in almost $1 billion while QQQ …

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Psst…Volatility is Still Outperforming the S&P 500

One week after the VIX (ChicagoOptions:^VIX) spiked to 30, Wall Street’s Kool-Aid drunks are back to saying that stock market volatility is over. It’s done. And it’s never returning. The Santa Claus rally in small cap stocks (NYSEARCA:IWM) and technology shares (NYSEARCA:XLK) smack dab in the middle of October, now has Sand Hill road (Silicon …

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The Crowd Votes for Stocks over Cash

What do investors love and what do they hate? Where are they putting their money? Analyzing the money inflow/outflow data for ETFs gives us some clues. In a study of U.S. ETF flows just published by the SPDR ETFs, David B. Mazza, the Head of Research observed: “Equities drove a disproportionate share of September’s inflows with …

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What Does a Professional Gambler’s Investment Portfolio Look Like?

I’ve always wondered what a professional gambler’s portfolio would look like. Would it be a broadly diversified portfolio of penny stocks with a Kenny Rogers box set and a shot of whiskey to boot? Or perhaps, it would contain none of these worldly possessions. How would a gambler invest his or her winnings? I recently …

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This Seasonal Trend has been a Slam Dunk

In the winter it snows and in the spring flowers bloom.  It’s one of those things you can always count on. And like nature, the stock market, has its own set of yearly trends. One of the market’s strongest seasonal forces that has been a slam dunk this year is something called the “January Effect.” …

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