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Accelerate Return-to-Risk Ratios with Higher Betas

A survey conducted by Charles Schwab indicated that 45% of investors would choose an advisor who provides products which protect them against market risks over one that doesn’t. By incorporating intelligently adjusting exits and risk based position sizing into one’s...

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Instead of Modeling Risk, Why Not Control It?

"Risk comes from not knowing what you're doing." Warren Buffett To be more successful in helping investors, the professionals that provide guidance to wealthy investors need to step up and take control of risk rather than sitting around figuring how to estimate risk...

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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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Accelerate Return-to-Risk Ratios with Higher Betas

A survey conducted by Charles Schwab indicated that 45% of investors would choose an advisor who provides products which protect them against market risks over one that doesn’t. By incorporating intelligently adjusting exits and risk based position sizing into one’s...

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The Myth of Diversification

SmartStops recently found this article based on a study which shows some of the fallacy that diversification from modern portfolio theory , MPT, is the only way to manage risk and thus lead to higher returns.     Their definition of risk for this study did use the...

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‘ Risk On ‘ for some ETFs

by Gary Gordon, posted at Seeking Alpha   According to the folks at Fidelity Investments, the average frequency of a 10% market correction is once per year. However, we have not seen a pullback of this magnitude over the last 12 months (7/6/10-7/5/11), and we have yet...

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BofA’s Krawcheck Tells Women: No Risk, No Reward in Investing

SmartStops comment:  Indeed women should not be afraid to take on increased risk.  Neither should men for that matter.   As Sllie Krawcheck (BofA) said in this webinar:  "While this style of investing (conservative) hasn’t hurt women investors to date, it could --...

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Avoid Financial Disasters with Trailing Stops

By Chuck LeBeau, SmartStops.net Director of Analytics  (originally published Jan. 2009) In less than a year six widely held financial stocks (Fannie Mae (FNM)’ Freddie Mac (FRE), Lehman Brothers (LEH), American International Group (AIG), Washington Mutual (WM) and...

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Inside the Investor’s Brain – the power of Mind over Money

Our goal at SmartStops - to teach all investors to think about risk management from the moment they start thinking about entering their position.   Portfolio management theory for diversification is not enough to offer the protection all investors deserve. This book ,...

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Elevating Risk Management

We couldn't agree with some of the commentary from this article in  Financial Advisor Magazine.  Its why we created SmartStops.    The broader message is that indexing is moving past the standard beta carve-ups, such as small- vs. large-cap equities and value vs....

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