Factor-Based Stock Portfolios

Guru Based on Annual
Meb Faber 21.4%
James O'Shaughnessy 19.1%
Partha Mohanram 13.8%
Dashan Huang 17.3%
Motley Fool 11.9%
Validea 15.7%
Kenneth Fisher 11.3%
Benjamin Graham 11.1%
Patrick O'Shaughnessy 14.8%
Martin Zweig 10.7%
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Factor-Based ETF Portfolios

Portfolio Annual
Factor Rotation - Momentum with Trend 11.5%
Factor Rotation - Composite with Trend 11.3%
Factor Rotation - Momentum 10.6%
Factor Rotation - Composite 10.2%
Factor Rotation - Value with Trend 9.2%
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