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How Moving Average Strategies Can Really Work by Jerry A. Miccolis, CFA®, CFP®, FCAS, CERA, Marina Goodman, CFA®, CFP® and Rohith Eggidi

In a previous article, Paul Allen explored the universe of moving average crossover (MAC) strategies. In his thorough and even-handed analysis, Allen concluded that MAC strategies can effectively decrease periodic drawdowns in portfolios but can materially underperform during bull markets. In this article, we propose how to improve MAC strategies so that they may perform better during bull markets and still provide protection during bear markets.

Most Recent Commentaries

Financial Markets Review Third Quarter 2014 by Team of AMG Funds

Similar to earlier this year, the third quarter featured further evidence of a multi-speed economic recovery across the globe. Central banks reacted in a less-than-coordinated fashion compared to years prior, with the European Central Bank (ECB) and the Bank of Japan (BOJ) loosening monetary policy while the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) retained more of its status quo as detailed further here.

A New Breed of Robotics by Kenichi Amaki of Matthews Asia

Are “collaborative robots”—industrial robots made to better work alongside humans—likely to be well-received in the market? How feasible is a car made from a 3D printer? This week Portfolio Manager Kenichi Amaki discusses his findings from the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago.

Quick Hit on Q3 GDP: #QUAD4 Confirmed by Darius Dale of Hedgeye Risk Management

With this [soon-to-be-revised-down, pre-election Q3 GDP print], the U.S. economy is squarely in #Quad4 and should remain there throughout Q4

Small Cap leverage by Jun Zhu of The Leuthold Group

Small Caps' balance sheets and debt servicing capacity are not in the healthiest state to weather higher interest rates (relative to Large Caps). This could be part of the big picture of weakening Small Cap performance. Small Cap investors should place an emphasis on companies with relatively stronger balance sheets, and higher earnings power in order to accommodate an environment of rising interest rates. With the Fed mulling over a rate increase, investors may have already started to avoid companies with excess leverage. Unfortunately, Small Caps, on average, are in this camp.

Buyer Beware: A Notable Divergence by John Del Vecchio of AdvisorShares

As a short selling portfolio manager, we constantly monitor market relationships for positive or negative divergences in the broad equity market indexes. One of the most important relationships is that between price and volume. In a bullish scenario, one would want to see volume expand as price rises.

Trick or Treat? Slow Global Growth Hits Cyclical Sectors Hardest by Francis Gannon of The Royce Funds

As of October 13, the small-cap Russell 2000 Index was down 12.9% from its 2014 high on July 3—a double-digit correction not seen in more than three years. With the U.S. economy slowly improving and Fed tapering winding down as scheduled, what is driving this pullback? Co-Chief Investment Officer Francis Gannon talks about economic growth beyond our borders and how it has been playing a role in shifting investor sentiment.

Europe Must Act Now by Scott Minerd of Guggenheim Partners

Things in Europe are bad and policymakers appear already to have fallen behind the curve. The reality is the ECB will need to purchase at least another €1.5 trillion in assets, and even that may not be enough to avert a severe slowdown.

Income Inequality and Fed Policy by Scott Brown of Raymond James

Income inequality has been an important topic this year, but it is one that is mired in politics. That means it is a potentially treacherous debate for the Federal Reserve chair to wade into. To be fair, Yellen said that the purpose of her recent talk on income inequality and opportunity was “not to provide answers to these contentious questions, but rather to provide a factual basis for further discussion.” She provided a mountain of evidence from the Fed’s triennial Survey of Consumer Finances, and then got out of the way, as appropriate.

A Framework for Superior Risk-Adjusted Returns: High Quality Stocks in Developed Markets by Baijnath Ramraika, CFA® and Prashant Trivedi, CFA®

A basket of high-quality stocks generates significantly superior investment returns compared to publicly traded benchmarks, and it does so with significantly lower risk.

Why It's So Brutally Hard to Get Prospects to Move by Dan Richards

Two factors underlie the difficulty in getting prospects to make a change - the risk of pain is too great or the prospect of gain is insufficient. The good news is that there are some strategies that can overcome these obstacles.

Third Quarter Review 2014 by Clark M. Blackman II

The following is a letter to clients that readers may adapt for their own use.

Two Tips for Connecting Emotionally With Prospects by Daniel Solin

In my coaching practice, I often suggest that advisors drastically change the way they conduct meetings with prospects. Here are the two recommendations that I make most frequently.

The Individual Investor's Edge by Patrick O'Shaughnessy

Even if the sophistication of professional managers makes it seem as though individual investors do not have an edge, they do. Without a job to worry about, individual investors can tolerate short-term underperformance on the path to long-term outperformance.

Five Holiday Marketing Tips by Megan Elliott

The holiday season is an ideal time to reach out and remind people what you do in a more personal, less sales-focused way than you might at other times of the year.

Career Center by Various

Find career opportunities for firms that seek to add financial advisors and planners to their staff. Read more to find out how to post opportunities at your firm.


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