Top Performing Stock Models

Guru Based on Annual
Dashan Huang 22.9%
Meb Faber 23.1%
James O'Shaughnessy 22.6%
Partha Mohanram 16.7%
Motley Fool 15.6%
Wayne Thorp 19.6%
Patrick O'Shaughnessy 18.2%
Validea 17.9%
Validea 12.7%
Martin Zweig 12.7%
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Top Performing ETF Models

Portfolio Annual
Factor Rotation - Momentum with Trend 14.2%
Factor Rotation - Composite with Trend 14.0%
Factor Rotation - Momentum 12.8%
Factor Rotation - Composite 12.3%
Factor Rotation - Macro with Trend 11.5%
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Three Ideas to Help Fundamental Investors Weather a Flows Based Market

By Jack Forehand, CFA, CFP® (@practicalquant)

The market has changed in the wake of the pandemic. Retail trading is up dramatically. So is options activity. And narrative is driving returns much more than fundamentals are, which is a continuation of a trend that started well before then. We are all seeing things happening in the market that we have never seen in our investing careers.


Options for Investors Worried About the Future of the 60-40 Portfolio

By Jack Forehand, CFA, CFP® (@practicalquant)

The 60-40 portfolio just finished one of its best decades in history. And that comes on the back end of a period starting in 1980 that has seen it produce extremely strong returns. In hindsight, the fact that bond yields were very high at the beginning of the period and equity valuations were fairly cheap indicated the portfolio was likely to have strong returns going forward, but I don’t think anyone expected the types of returns we have gotten.
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Episode 117: Worried About the Future of the 60-40 Portfolio? We Look at Some Alternatives

The 60-40 portfolio has been a solid long-term performer for investors. It has worked in bull markets. It has also held up well in deflationary shocks. But with expected returns for both stocks and bonds well below their long-term averages and inflation potentially on the horizon, many have questioned whether it still makes sense. In this episode, we look at the future of the 60-40 portfolios and some potential alternatives to it.

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Episode 116: Balancing Return and Risk in Factor Investing with Harin de Silva

Many factor investors tend to use similar approaches. You will typically see some value and momentum in their strategies. You will also likely see some quality, and maybe even some low volatility. Our guest this week has a more unique approach that is both more granular and dynamic than the typical factor approach and utilizes many unique factors outside of those traditionally used by factor investors. We speak to Harin de Silva, Portfolio Manager of the Analytic Investors team at Wells Fargo. We discuss his unique approach to multi-factor investing that focuses on both return and risk. We also discuss some of the major issues facing factor investors today, including the future of factors and the recent struggles of value investing.

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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. The model portfolios offered on Validea are concentrated and as a result they will exhibit high levels of volatility and their performance can be substantially impacted by the performance of individual positions.

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.