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Why Protect? Limits of Diversification from State Street

Great white paper by State Street Global Advisors that highlights the limits of diversification and the importance of risk protection:    "Good downside protection can benefit portfolios in several ways. Studies, such as that by Bhansali and Davis (2010), have shown...

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Asset Allocation is in Serious Decline

As the CIO of Sungarden Fund Mgmt writes:  "MPT works well in strong markets and over periods of declining interest rates.  This decade will likely see the turning point of that story, and I suspect that many financial planning firms will fight that trend, as they did...

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Lessons From a Trading Great: Stanley Druckenmiller

SmartStops comments:  If you study successful investors, you will find that they don't necessarily follow a diversification rule.  That was created many many years ago with the advent of Modern Portfolio Theory however even MPT has morphed now.  Read more about some...

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ETFs Turn Exotic – Protect yourself

Source: McGraw-Hill Financial Communications Investments that do not move in tandem with U.S. stocks present opportunities for diversification and potential performance enhancement. Summary Points Exchange-traded funds (ETFs) are a convenient vehicle for accessing a...

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Hedge fund leverage in the industry – how its grown

SmartStops comment:   Who watches out for the little guy? A chart from MIT's Andrew Lo of the growth of assets and hedge fund leverage over the last 20 years. You can see the expanding leverage in the 2001-2005 period.  originally posted at Infectious Greed blog....

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Chicken or Egg? Risk Tolerance as a Driver of Financial Success

SmartStops would like to draw your attention to this article's statement:    Overall, by taking more risk Bill can expect to be significantly better off.    As SmartStops will remind you, you can take on more risk by ensuring there is constant active oversight for...

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Rethinking Modern Portfolio Theory

Are we all doing it wrong — or is the theory in need of updating and repair? I think MPT died 30 years ago," says Jeffrey Saut, chief investment strategist at Raymond James. "If the theory were correct, Warren Buffett, Peter Lynch and Paul Tudor Jones wouldn't have...

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Know when to Hold ’em, Know when to Fold ’em

SmartStops comment:   Its why this service was brought to fruition.  Follow SmartStops and you can be protected before you lose it all.  Unprecedented Monthly Volume Sell-Off Suggests Now's the Time to Take Shelter - published at Minyanville by Kevin A. Tuttle Do not...

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Do leveraged ETFs move the market? SEC investigating..

SmartStops comment:    Interesting to see that the SEC is now investigating whether leveraged ETFs are a cause of increased market volatility.    When will the public realize that the basic underlying structures fueling our stock markets around the world have changed...

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The Costs of Greed – Dendreon

originally published at Minyanville. Note:  SmartStops saved investors $26.57 a share from the first July 18th risk alert by Christopher Georgopoulos Provenge is a proven success, but management has to prove to the market that not only are they brilliant scientists,...

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Bill Gross: Prepare for ‘disharmony’

By Bill Gross - Originally published at Investment News:  The following is the commentary of Bill Gross, managing director and co-CIO at Pimco, for the month of September. For a complete archive of his commentaries, click here. "Just an old-fashioned love song, comin’...

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Are ETFs Responsible for Rising Market Correlations?

SmartStops commentary:  Diversification alone is not going to be enough to manage risk in our 21st century markets.  Smartstops offers a superior dynamic intelligent risk management service.   Ask yourself, who is watching your back? originally published at ETFTrends...

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Taking Advantage of Fear In The Market

By Chris Conway Economic uncertainty in the US and Europe has resulting in fear dominating the market these last few weeks.  In the flight to safety, almost all equities suffer. We have seen this before and we will see it again. While these broad and dramatic market...

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SmartStops.net Introduces New Market Risk Barometer Indicator

  PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 5, 2011 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) -- SmartStops (www.SmartStops.net) announced today the launch of the SmartStops Risk Barometer Index™ or SRBI™. The SRBI is an easy to use metric that helps investors quickly gauge the relative level and...

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VIX, Fear and maintaining Intelligent Protection

NEW:  SmartStops has just released its SmartStops Risk Barometer Indicator (SRBI) .   Click here  to check it out and let us know what you think.  SmartStops comment:    Why wait for VIX to go above a 200 day moving average in order to keep yourself protected?   ...

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Benefits to avoiding worst days in market

Again, moral is that Buy & Protect is a must in our 21st century markets.   Buy & Hold and modern portfolio theory are missing a key layer of risk management to be effective in our stock markets today. SPY from January 1, 2006 – Dec 31, 2010. 100 year study...

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