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Lazy Portfolios are LOSERS – Told ‘Ya So…

When I penned an article (here) criticizing the lionization of the Lazy Portfolio mantra as just historical cherry-picking and luck, the MarketWatch lemmings jumped all over me for doing the unthinkable – challenging such a seemingly successful strategy with great PR.  What I said at the time was pretty much that these portfolios were no […]

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ETF List Extreme – 894 Funds Ranked by YTD Return

This ETF List has been expanded to include 894 Exchange Traded Funds covering all sectors and strategies from emerging markets and commodities to leveraged and short ETFs.  This ETF ticker symbol list is updated routinely so be sure to bookmark and utilize as a permanent reference.  Over the past several months, I’ve reviewed several of […]

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Can a 130/30 Fund Beat the Market? You Bet!

130/30 Mutual Funds have been en vogue for a few years now given the prospect of enhanced returns above and beyond broad market performance without the formal use of leverage. What is a 130/30 Fund? Basically, a fund manager employs a strategy whereby they start with a baseline of 100% of a fully invested portfolio, […]

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Double-Digit Returns in Any Market – Update 2

It’s been a month since I published Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy and the results are astounding.  In short (no pun intended), since leveraged ETFs lose value over time due to the simple, yet deceptive properties of daily rebalancing, by shorting opposing leveraged ETF pairs simultaneously, in most markets (MOST), you make money by […]

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Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy – Incredible Results Outlined

The time has arrived to finally unveil Darwin’s Inverse Leveraged Short ETF Strategy.  If you’re wondering what it is and why it matters, in a nutshell, it has completely changed the face of trading for me – and it can for you too, if you have the access to the 2X or 3X Leveraged Funds […]

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25 Best Personal Finance, Investing & Career Posts of 2009

After sharing the best posts from around the blogosphere in Personal Finance and Investing with yesterday’s Carnival of Personal Finance I realized I didn’t do a look-back at 2009 from Darwin’s Finance.  In this list you’ll find thousands of dollars in money saving tips, career boosters, investing tricks and tax deduction ideas you may have […]

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2009 Global Stock Market Returns – Every Country ETF Ranked

Following the most tumultuous investment environment many have seen in their life, it’s worth reviewing the 2009 stock market performance for equities globally.  Interestingly, the US (ticker SPY) ended up toward the bottom of the list from an annual performance standpoint.  Reason being, while the US declined ~50% from its peak, many emerging market stock […]

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Dogs of the Dow Stock Trade is Dead – Don’t Fall for the Hype

I hate to break it to you but the Dogs of the Dow trade is dead.  It’s that time of year where you’re going to hear all kinds of archaic trading strategies like the January effect and the Dogs of the Dow that worked decades back but no longer deliver any additional alpha and instead […]

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Will the ETF be Viewed as Another Financial Innovation Disaster?

Financial Innovation is usually both a blessing and a curse.  In the vast majority of circumstances, an idea borne of market efficiency, lower risk, lower costs and more utility to investors ends up in complete disaster.  Consider the following example. Recent Financial Innovation Example – Derivatives and Securitized Debt What started off as a great […]

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