Interesting Stuff on the Web

Interesting stuff on the web is what I have read through out the week. I read a lot of articles and there is always a few that I feel is worth you reading. Here are the links. Enjoy !!


What the Hell Does “Smart Beta” Mean?/Jarred DillianNow, to smart beta. My first encounter with a smart beta ETF was a WisdomTree product over ten years ago. As you may know, WisdomTree uses index weighting methods other than market capitalization for its ETFs. This one in particular was weighted by earnings or dividends—I can’t remember”.

Could the Next Crisis Come From China? Anthony Summers, “When the world’s second-largest economy begins to show signs of trouble, it’s time to take a step back and rethink things.
China’s growing debt problems have become clear… enough so that two of the world’s foremost credit agencies just fired warning shots heard around the world”.

Myopic By Guest Blogger Doug Rowat “The stock market is currently enveloped with this same unnatural quiet. The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), which measures expectations for volatility on the S&P 500, sits at the measly 9.30 level, more than 50% below its long-term average.” 

Uncle Sam’s Unfunded Promises By John Mauldin “The federal government’s keeping its promises is important for everyone in the US, because almost all of us are part of the largest public pension system: Social Security.”

The True Danger Ahead/The Macro Tourist “The true DANGER AHEAD lies in the universal belief that treasuries (and other sovereign fixed income) offer a perfect hedge versus risk assets.”


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