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Bespoke Brunch Reads 2/13/16

Welcome to Bespoke Brunch Reads, our Saturday morning summary of interesting things we’re reading this week. The links are mostly market related, but there will be some other interesting subjects covered as well. The links are in no particular...

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Bespoke Weekly Chart Book: 2/12/16

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The Bespoke Report: 2/12/16

Each week, Bespoke sends clients across all of its subscription levels the Bespoke Report newsletter.  If you’re looking for more color on today’s bounce, this week’s economic and earnings data as well as what to expect...

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Charles Brandes Bets on Aaron's, Small-Cap ETF

Brandes re-opens stake in Aaron's after selling out in 3rd quarterCheck out Charles Brandes Stock Picks » Download GuruFolio Report of Charles Brandes (Updated on 02/11/2016), Check out Jim Simons Stock Picks...

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Charles Schwab Outages Persist into Afternoon Hours

Earlier this morning Marketwatch reported that Charles Schwab was suffering from technical issues, responding to frustrated customers on Twitter with, “We are experiencing system issues, please call 800-435-4000 for urgent matters....

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Why Vanguard is about to engulf the financial planning industry

Steps advisers can take to avoid getting hurt by the fund giant's rise in the planning...

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ETF Trends: International – 2/12/16

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ETF Scorecard: February 12 Edition

To help investors keep up with the markets, we present our ETF Scorecard. The Scorecard takes a step back and looks at how various asset classes across the globe are performing. The weekly performance is from last Friday’s open to this week...

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Dual ETF Momentum February Update

Scott’s Investments provides a free “Dual ETF Momentum” spreadsheet which was originally created in February 2013. The strategy was inspired by a paper written by Gary Antonacci and available on Optimal...

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Bespoke’s Sector Snapshot: 2/11/16

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the Bespoke 50 — 2/11/16

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ETF Deathwatch for February 2016: Here Come the Currency-Hedged ETFs

Last year, hedging was a popular strategy employed by new ETFs coming to market.  I referred to it as a “land rush,” with sponsors throwing caution to the wind in their quest to achieve first-mover status.  In my year-end summary, I...

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How Much Profit Should Vanguard Make on Managing Your Assets?

Justin Fox reports on a weird transfer pricing issue that I have been following: Near the end of last month, mutual-fund giant Vanguard announced that it had lowered the expense ratios on 35 of its mutual funds. That’s after a December...

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Gold: Central banks buy big, ETF exodus slows

Central banks helped prop up demand for bullion, but Russian retail customers fled, the World Gold Council's 2015 report...

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A $2.7 billion RIA in Silicon Valley jumps into the arms of BNY Mellon after a purported rough go with Asian investments -- and Schwab will collect a...

BNY Mellon ends up buying RIA after building nearby Palo Alto 6,800- square foot branch Perry Olson's 2005 breakaway RIA is now firmly in the UHNW tier, but could be susceptible to the China...

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Vanguard tops for pensions, non-profits

Vanguard tops the list of favored asset manager for pensions and non-profits, according to the latest edition of U.S. Institutional Investor Brandscape, issued by Cogent...

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Bespoke Morning Lineup

February 10, 2016 February 9, 2016 February 8, 2016 February 5, 2016 February 4, 2016 For an explanation of this report, please click here. Highlights Risk rally across the board (Snapshot) Strong FX, including CNH; looking ahead to tonight’s...

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Periodic table crayons put the elements at your fingertips

Most kids love to color and spend a lot of time doing it. Why not combine the art lesson with science class? Etsy shop Que Interesante has created a line of crayons and colored pencil labels that match the elemental makeup of that particular...

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First Trust ETF – The FV Shuffle: Giant ETF Trades? No Problem!

First Trust ETF – The FV Shuffle: Giant ETF Trades? No Problem! You’d think with the amount of hyperbole being thrown around about how ETFs are going to completely destroy global capitalism, flipping billions of dollars around inside the...

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ETF Stats for January 2016: Currency Hedging 2.0

January witnessed 13 ETF launches along with the closure of four ETFs and one ETN, putting the new count at 1,853 (1,653 ETFs and 200 ETNs).  The net increase of eight might seem like a slow pace of product introductions, but it is much better than...

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ETF Trends: US Indices & Styles – 2/9/16

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Building a multi-factor portfolio with iShares FactorSelect MSCI World ETF

Want superior diversification and market-beating performance? We check the credentials of iShares FactorSelect MSCI World ETF. ...

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Bespoke Stock Seasonality: 2/8/16

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A Dubious Lawyer’s Dubious Tax Claims Against Vanguard

I have been following a bizarre and interesting story during the past six months. It involves intrigue, ethical conflicts and potentially enormous sums of money. It first came to my attention last September when a Reuters story reported that Vanguard...

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US Sector ETF Performance – February 5

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Madeleine Albright doesn't really want women who don't support Hillary to go to hell

Madeleine Albright wants to clear something up: She definitely didn’t mean to tell all of the women who aren't supporting Hillary Clinton to go to hell In an op-ed titled “Madeleine Albright: My Undiplomatic Moment”...   Read More >