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  • Equity Momentum - May 2013 [View article]
    Always look forward to your insight
    May 7 11:44 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Fixed Income Momentum - April 2013 [View article]
    Don't forget about the SPDR BofA Merrill Lynch Crossover Corporate Bond ETF (XOVR) which combines the bottom tier of investment-grade corporates (BBB) with the top tier of high yield corporates (BB). Although Morningstar classifies it in the "High Yield Bond" category, it offers a higher degree of rating safety than JNK, HYG or HYS.
    Apr 3 01:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Lowest VIX Close Since Day Before Biggest VIX Spike Ever [View article]
    I'm curious jacobeast, why don't you like VXX?
    Mar 14 04:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Aristocrat Investing 2013 [View article]
    Cranky: Thanks for your response.
    Feb 26 01:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Aristocrat Investing 2013 [View article]
    Good info here Ploutos. While I have utilized SDY previously, I am curious what your thoughts are on VIG as well.
    Feb 25 09:20 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Can't Have It Both Ways Regarding The Expansion Of Online Retail [View article]
    Good article Paulo. Another potential slowdown in the online retail space may be coming if Congress, in their never ending desire for additional tax revenue, requires both Federal and State sales tax be collected on all online purchases. A recent article indicated both Democrats and Republicans favor such a tax.
    Feb 20 12:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Small Cap Stock Index For You [View article]
    Thanks Ploutos, good article. I'd be curious to hear your views on VB now that they are using the CRSP smallcap index (which I believe is the old 9-10 index).
    Feb 19 12:24 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The New Market Dynamic: Sell Love, Buy Hatred [View article]
    Interesting article with additional wisdom from many of the comments. Thank you Paulo.
    Feb 17 09:28 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • PowerShares expands its Low Volatility ETF suite with 2 new ETFs: S&P MidCap Low Volatility (XMLV) and S&P SmallCap Low Volatility (XSLV). The ETFs come with a 0.25% expense ratios, in line with counterpart IDLV (0.25%) and SPLV (0.25%), and slightly less than EELV (0.29%). Over the recent 1-year period, SPLV returned 16.36%, 68 basis points better than SPY, with an SD of just 8.6% vs. 12.8% for SPY. (pdf[View news story]
    Smart decision for PowerShares. Hoping they will also introduce High Beta versions for both, in order to extend a momentum strategy to domestic midcap and smallcap positions.
    Feb 15 08:09 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Aristocrat Investing [View article]
    Thanks Samiamaustin!
    Feb 14 07:28 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equal-Weighted S&P 500 And The Apple Impact [View article]

    Isn't RSP really a MidCap in sheep's clothing? Charting RSP and IJH together shows the correlation of approximately 98-99% visually. They share the same Sharpe and Sortino ratios. One big difference is an expense ratio of 0.40% on RSP vs 0.15% on IJH, or even 0.10% on VO.
    Feb 11 12:29 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Equity/Fixed Income Momentum - February 2013 [View article]
    Excellent strategies Ploutos. You have produced the most interesting research of anyone on SA. Your articles are always clear, well written and easy to verify. I thank you for openly sharing your ideas with us as I always learn something new, even after more than three decades in the business.

    Quick question. I'm concerned about using GOVT, for too many reasons. Any thoughts on substituting the Bill Gross' BOND ETF in place of GOVT?

    Thank you.
    Feb 4 02:38 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Dividend Aristocrat Investing [View article]

    Another great article. You are on a roll with exceptional articles: "A Momentum Trade" "Doubling the S&P 500 Over 20 Years" etc.

    Question: While I understand the Dividend Aristocrats INDEX has been available for a much longer period of time, wouldn't the Vanguard Dividend Appreciation ETF (VIG) be a better choice due to lower expenses and higher returns?

    Thank you
    Jan 29 09:05 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Does Market Timing Matter? The Case Of SPY (Part 1) [View article]
    Thank you Ypa. I look forward to Part 2 of this article. I have been using a similar system since 1997, with 7 major asset classes similar to Mebane Faber's structure. The two best results were 1) using daily SMA 50/200 getting out of stocks in November 2000 and going into Cash (when money markets were actually paying interest) and getting back into stocks in May of 2003. And 2) using weekly EMA 13/34 (recommended by John Murphy on Stockcharts) to get out of stocks in early January of 2008 and into cash, and back into stocks in June of 2009. Using the same weekly EMA 13/34 I got out of stocks again in early August 2011 but did not have the discipline to go back into stocks in December 2011 due to the political climate.

    I still remain positive on trend following and had moved to a 126-Day EMA toward the end of last year. Your article has me rethinking my decisions and considering going back to the original 50/200-day SMA with the discipline to follow it, regardless of the political climate.

    Thanks for sharing your research.
    Jan 13 01:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • More To Vanguard Emerging Markets ETF's Asset Loss Than Meets The Eye [View article]
    Excellent article and you have caused me to update my research on Emerging Markets. Thank you.
    Dec 6 06:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment