Michael Johnston submits:The rise of the ETF industry is often attributed (in large part at least) to a shift in investor preference from pricey active management to low-cost indexing strategies. ETFs burst on to the investment scene by offering fees equivalent to only a fraction of those charged by traditional actively-managed mutual funds, and have continued to attract assets as investors frustrated with the inability of active management to consistently generate alpha seek out more cost-efficient alternatives.
Dirk Quayle submits:In a recent article I presented an asset allocation strategy, an ETF portfolio and potential managed payout scenarios for investors at or near retirement. Below I outline a strategy that investors may consider earlier in the retirement planning lifecycle.
Insider Monkey submits: Daniel Loeb, founder of New York based hedge fund Third Point, has more than $3.5 Billion in assets under management (AUM). He’s a very outspoken investor and a pioneer in activist investing. He made $150 Million in 2005, $200 Million in 2006, and $270 Million in 2007. We compiled Dan Loeb’s Third Point Offshore Fund’s returns starting from July 2007.
By Edward Schneider: Often, sell-side research provides information that is largely reflected in the market price. An investor should try to find information that is not reflected in the market price. The less followed a stock, the greater the possibility of finding alpha (non-market related outperformance).
By Braun Research:Everybody and his dog in the investment business talks about and seeks "Alpha." So much so that a very popular and, I would say, quite interesting on-line magazine, of which you may have heard, elected to call itself exactly that: " Seeking Alpha."
Brad Thomas submits:Easter is just a few days away and the Easter Alpha Bunny is looking for some golden eggs for his investment portfolio. After scouting the post recession landscape in search of a golden retailer, Alpha Bunny turned over a rock in Tennessee and found 3 golden eggs for his investment basket. As the savvy bunny investor peeled open the wrappers, he found that all 3 chocolate eggs were made up of necessity crafted ingredients with an infectious aroma of growth and earnings.