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In these videos, Validea founder and CEO, John Reese, walks you though the research and tools available on Validea.com. On Validea, you can see how over 6,000 stocks stack up based on 12 different guru strategies. Each model gives you a final score and tells you why the particular stock you are interested in passes or fails […]

Active Funds Perked Up in January

January was a good month for actively managed funds, says a recent Bloomberg article that states, “the majority of actively managed value funds in the U.S. and Europe outperformed their benchmarks in January.” This according to strategists at Lyxor Asset Management. Most European growth funds also beat the market, the strategists recently wrote. However, Lyxor […]

Rob Arnott Says Clock is Ticking on Smart Beta ETFs

A smart-beta pioneer, Rob Arnott of Research Affiliates warns that these investment vehicles are in a bubble, says an article in last week’s Bloomberg. Smart-beta ETFs organize securities based on quantitative factors like volatility or “cheapness”, and the article explains that Arnott’s position is nothing new (he publicly battled with Cliff Asness on the topic […]

Tiger Cubs are Licking Their Wounds

A generation of hedge-fund firms started by protégés Tiger Global Management’s Julian Robertson, known as “Tiger Cubs”, are “among of wave of stock hedge funds that fared poorly in 2016,” says a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this month. Last year, the article states, Tiger suffered losses of about $900 million (a 15.3% loss) […]

Sentiment Measures Are Not Reliable Investment Cues

The topic of market sentiment and how it manifests in stock price shifts and investor behavior is addressed in this week’s Enterprising Investor. In today’s post-election market, the article points out that sentiment measures have increased. “A recent Investors Intelligence Sentiment Report registered 65% bulls—not an extreme reading, but above the roughly 45% average.” The […]

Howard Marks: It’s Tough to Be Good at Macro Investing

Global macro hedge funds choose positions in various equity, fixed income, currency, commodities and futures markets based primarily on the economic and political views of various countries or their macroeconomic principles. According to last month’s Barron’s, they’ve suffered poor performance of late. Last year, the article notes, the benchmark HFRI Macro Index returned only 1.29%, […]

Gus Sauter Warns Investors to Plan for a Long Life

One of the most crucial things to consider if you’re approaching or in retirement is “estimating how long you’ll live,” writes former Vanguard chief investment officer George U. “Gus” Sauter in a recent Wall Street Journal article. Sauter says he’s surprised by how many people underestimate their longevity. Using the most recent analysis of life expectancy […]

SoftBank to Buy Alternative-Asset Manager Fortress

Japanese technology giant SoftBank Group has agreed to buy asset manager Fortress Investment Group LLC for $3.3 billion in a continued effort to become one of the world’s largest investment firms, says The Wall Street Journal. Fortress manages about $70 billion in assets–and invests in real estate and private equity—is considered an “alternative-asset manager”. The […]

Sexy Companies Don’t Necessarily Make Good Investments

Snap Inc. (the maker of the popular social app, SnapChat) has been getting a lot of attention of late, according to a recent article in the Financial Times, and not just because of its imminent initial public offering at a time when such events are a rarity. The article states, “It’s a company reaching out […]

Finding the Cream of the Dow

The milestone of the Dow hitting 20,000 in late January should be taken with a grain of salt, writes Validea CEO John Reese in this week’s Nasdaq. He argues that, given the Dow’s history, the event isn’t really that significant. Starting at its inception in 1896, it took the Dow over a decade to reach […]

Cash Flows Don’t Lie

Given the current political climate and the uncertainty surrounding the financial markets, it’s important for investors to stick to concrete concepts when evaluating stocks, says an article in last week’s Globe and Mail. The article asserts that, while earnings and valuations can be subject to “faking” due to accounting loopholes, “cash flows never lie.” It […]

ETFs Make Markets Less Efficient Writes Klarman

While exchange-traded-funds have claimed a growing share of investor funds, critics say these funds are “potentially dangerous and untested through a crisis,” says a Bloomberg article from last week. In a recent letter to investors, Baupost Group founder Seth Klarman explains that the dominance of ETFs is making markets less efficient: “The inherent irony of […]

Zweig: Guard Against Following the Herd

Given the market’s currently stretched valuations, optimistic investors should be on their guard, says Jason Zweig of The Wall Street Journal. Zweig discusses new findings that show how the confidence of others can influence an individual’s decision-making to a larger degree than their own can. According to a recent report in the Journal of Neuroscience, […]