Top Performing Stock Models

Guru Based on Annual
Partha Mohanram 14.6%
Dashan Huang 20.0%
Motley Fool 11.9%
Wesley Gray 10.4%
James O'Shaughnessy 15.3%
Validea 10.2%
Martin Zweig 10.1%
Wayne Thorp 15.3%
Patrick O'Shaughnessy 14.6%
Kenneth Fisher 9.5%
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Top Performing ETF Models

Portfolio Annual
Factor Rotation - Momentum with Trend 11.3%
Factor Rotation - Composite with Trend 10.8%
Factor Rotation - Macro with Trend 10.0%
Factor Rotation - Momentum 9.9%
Factor Rotation - Composite 9.1%
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The Realities of Growth Investing

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant)

Growth stocks have been trouncing value stocks for a long time now. The length and magnitude of growth’s outperformance has led to significant debate among investors as to whether we are in a new world where growth will dominate long-term, or whether mean reversion will occur and value will reassert its long-term dominance. Although readers of my articles already know I tend to lead toward the second camp, I don’t want to use this article to revisit that debate. What I do want to do is talk about some of the most important things historical data shows and what I believe it takes to be a successful growth investor.


The Dangers of the Obvious

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant)

Let’s pretend we could turn back time to January 1st of this year. What if I gave you the following series of facts and asked you to predict the market’s return? A pandemic came out of nowhere and led to extended periods where most of the country was required to stay home. Economic activity fell dramatically and unemployment reached levels not seen since the Great Depression. Businesses that require consumers to leave their houses like restaurants, and airlines and cruise lines were decimated with many losing most of their revenue. If I gave you those facts in advance and asked you what you would have done with your portfolio for 2020, what would you have said?
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Bonus Episode: Six Narratives Shaping the Stock Market in 2020

In this bonus episode, we we discuss a presentation Justin recently gave to Fidelity customers about some of the major narratives shaping the current market. The word "unprecedented" tends to be overused in investing, but 2020 has certainly seen many occurrences that many investors have never seen before, and may not again. We talk about some of these things and what they mean for investors going forward.

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Episode 42: Why the Stock Market is Near All Time Highs Despite the Major Issues in the Economy

We are currently in one of the most difficult economic environments many of us will see if our lifetimes. Even though the unemployment rate has fallen from its high of 15% to a level below 10%, it still exceeds the peak from the 2008 crisis, which itself was one of the deepest recessions ever. Small businesses and entire industries, like air travel, cruise lines and hotels are struggling mightily as the various degrees of lockdowns we have experienced in recent months have taken a huge toll. But despite all of that, the stock market currently sits at all time highs. In this episode, we look at the reasons for this disconnect.

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Webinar: An Overview of Validea

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Top Quant and ETF Strategies in a Historic Market

A look at some of our strategies and how they worked in the historic 2020 market

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Performance Disclaimer: Returns presented on are model returns and do not represent actual trading. As a result, they do not incorporate any commissions or other trading costs or fees. Model portfolios with inception dates on or after 12/30/2005 include a combination of back tested and live model returns. The back-tested performance results shown are hypothetical and are not the result of real-time management of actual accounts. The back-testing of performance differs from actual account performance because the investment strategy may be adjusted at any time, for any reason and can continue to be changed until desired or better performance results are achieved. Back-tested returns are presented to provide general information regarding how the underlying strategy behind the portfolio performed in our historical testing. A back-tested strategy has the benefit of hindsight and the results do not reflect the impact that material economic or market factors may have had on advisor's decision-making if actual client assets were being managed using this approach.

Optimal portfolios presented on represent the rebalancing period that has led to the best historical performance for each of our equity models. Each optimal portfolio was determined after the fact with performance information that was not available at portfolio inception. As a result, an investor could not have invested in the optimal portfolio since its inception. Optimal portfolios are presented to allow investors to quickly determine the portfolio size and rebalancing period that has performed best for each of our models in our historical testing.

Both the model portfolio and benchmark returns presented for all equity portfolios on are not inclusive of dividends. Returns for our ETF portfolios and trend following system, and the benchmarks they are compared to, are inclusive of dividends. The S&P 500 is presented as a benchmark because it is the most widely followed benchmark of the overall US market and is most often used by investors for return comparison purposes. As with any investment strategy, there is potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss and investors may incur a loss despite a past history of gains. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Results will vary with economic and market conditions.