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Adding a Single Rule to a Lazy Portfolio Isn't Good Enough

Bolting just one step onto Lazy Portfolios lifts their gains. But that isn’t all investors want. Let’s build a superior strategy that’s still simple. • The noted academics Fama & French have demonstrated that ‘factors’ exhibit predictive power. It’s about time portfolios for individ ...

Semis are Back in Gear and this Stock is Poised to Extend Higher

The S&P 500 SPDR and Technology SPDR (XLK) hit new highs this month. Thus, the S&P 500 is signaling a bull market and the technology sector is leading. The Semiconductor SPDR (XSD), which is a broad-based semiconductor ETF, is also showing leadership as it challenges its April high. This tells semi ...

How to Make Your Portfolio Muscular

Adding a single rule improves every so-called Lazy Portfolio. But just that one change doesn’t improve them enough to make them right for investors. • The 21st century offers an index investing revolution. We now enjoy superb tracking, near-zero commissions, and tiny fund fees. We can take ad ...

The Consumer Staples Sector is Leading and this Stock is About to Break Out

The S&P 500 hit a new 52-week high last week and three sectors joined the index with new highs of their own: the Technology SPDR, the Consumer Discretionary SPDR and the Consumer Staples SPDR. Note that I am basing the new highs on price chart using unadjusted prices, which do not include dividends ...

Canada’s Best Aeroplan Credit Cards

Now that Air Canada has acquired the Aeroplan loyalty program—and announced that it will be replacing Aeroplan with something new in 2020—we know that credit card offerings will be changing in the future, too. In the meantime, Air Canada has promised it will be business as usual when it comes ...

Tech Talk for Monday July 15th

Pre-opening Comments for Monday July 15th 2019 U.S. equity index futures were higher this morning. S&P 500 futures were up 6 points in pre-opening trade. China announced second quarter GDP. Rate of growth on a year-over-year basis dropped to 6.2%, lowest rate of growth in 22 years. Boeing dropped ...

Week Ahead: Mild Pullbacks Likely; NIFTY Continues To Remain Vulnerable To Sell-offs At Higher Level

After having resisted to the resistance area of 11800-11840 for seven weeks, the markets loosened up a bit in the week that went by while ending with losses. NIFTY spent a previous couple of weeks in a defined range as it remained indecisive and did not make any convincing directional call. This we ...

Week Ahead: Mild Pullbacks Likely; NIFTY Continues To Remain Vulnerable To Sell-Offs At Higher Level

After meeting resistance around 11800-11840 for seven weeks, the markets loosened up a bit over the past week while ending with losses. NIFTY spent the previous couple of weeks in a defined range as it remained indecisive and did not make any convincing directional call. This week, the NIFTY witn ...

Charting Robust AD Lines that Truly Reflect the Broader Market

The NYSE and Nasdaq are fine as exchanges, but their AD Lines do not tell the entire story when it comes to breadth. The major stock indexes, such as the S&P 500 and S&P Small-cap 600, contain stocks from both exchanges. As such, robust breadth indicators should include stocks from both exchanges a ...

The Unconventional Success Portfolio Irons Out the Kinks

Unconventional Success is a portfolio with a pedigree. It was designed by David Swensen, chief investment officer of Yale University. • His investing record is the best in the Ivy League. Swensen’s strategy for individuals, however, is not the same as his university’s endowment fund. Instea ...