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In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense

“To keep your footing and stay centered, reverse that old adage about sports and war: In a bear market, the best offense is a good defense” reports marketwatch.com. A bear market, when it comes, will feel like an attack on your financial security.The bullish case for Facebook is about to get even better Momentum-based investing strategies are coming off a 10-year cycle of poor performance, writes Mark Hulbert.Investors working with investment advisers ought to make time to talk about bear markets — when stocks drop at least 20% from their…

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Do bucket strategies stand the test of time?

“Why are bucket strategies more likely to fail than the non-bucket strategies?” writes Mark Hulbert for marketwatch.com. In no case did he find that any of the bucket strategies came out on top.Assuming a 30-year retirement, that means that each of the bucket strategies Estrada studied can be expected to fail at least once.The traditional alternative to bucket strategies is to have just one retirement portfolio, or bucket, divided between cash and riskier assets according to a predetermined allocation—say 60% stocks, 30% bonds, 10% cash.The study that provides the comprehensive…

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Egypt, Arab countries implementing comprehensive strategies to boost financial inclusion: IMF

“Arab countries have made progress, but there is still much to be done to increase growth and job opportunities for all, she said” writes Hagar Omran for dailynewsegypt.com. Increasing financial access came up as a key aspect of SME development and the inclusive growth agenda, Lagarde noted, adding that over the past year, IMF has looked closely into international experience and policies to increase SME financial inclusion.SMEs in the region is only 7% of total bank lending.” Closing SMEs financial inclusion gap would yield multiple economic benefits, such as boosting…

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How ‘factor’ investing helps you play defense in sinking stock markets

“And, of course, the minimum volatility factor helps investors potentially reduce overall portfolio risk” writes Andrew Ang for marketwatch.com. Minimum volatility is one of several factor strategies supported by decades of academic research that have driven returns over long periods.We covered minimum volatility earlier, but there are hundreds of papers discussing the quality factor as well.Take a look at a commonly recognized factor —value VLUE, -0.60% — as an example of how factors can potentially help investors. Source: marketwatch.com

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We got a look at hedge fund Carlson Capital’s returns, and they’re rebounded big time in a brutal year

“Out of Carlson’s five strategies, only the event-driven $675.4 million Black Diamond Arbitrage fund had positive returns in the fourth quarter” writes Bradley Saacks for businessinsider.com. A year after its biggest funds lost money, Carlson Capital bounced back in 2018 with solid performance in its two flagship funds, Black Diamond and Double Black Diamond.Carlson’s $3.2 billion Double Black Diamond fund, meanwhile, returned 2.6% in 2018 compared to a 4.5% loss in 2017. A spokesperson for Carlson declined to comment on the fund’s performance.According to a document seen by Business Insider,…

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Trading Strategies: How to Prepare for This Earnings Season

“Are you ready for the first earnings season if 2019?” writes Katherine Ross for thestreet.com. Not sure how to position yourself this earnings season?. “We’re only looking for  earnings growth of 12 point something percent and looking for revenue growth of six points up eight percent, and, for the full year, up maybe five percent on revenue growth.”.  Source: thestreet.com

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There’s one clear winner in the asset-management business in 2018, and it shows how the industry’s changing

“The successful asset management firms over the next few years won’t dodge these industry realities.”” writes Meghan Morris for businessinsider.com. Data from Morningstar, collected with just days left in 2018, shows that BlackRock is close to cracking $100 billion in new money this year alone for its exchange-traded fund platform, iShares.Active funds have suffered outflows for years as individual investors turn to cheaper, and often better-performing, passive strategies.”The asset management industry is facing a period of massive change and disruption resulting from the confluence of several global megatrends: technological, demographic,…

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Three low-volatility investing strategies for a highly volatile stock market

“Low-volatility ETFs are built on a portfolio of low-volatility stocks and sectors” writes Simon Maierhofer for marketwatch.com. There are a number of low-volatility ETFs, each using their own methodology.In general, low-volatility ETFs have reduced volatility. Source: marketwatch.com

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Scientists create AI that can crush the world’s best AI… at board games

“So while they’ve definitely taken over as ancient board game champions, the robots likely won’t beat us at Texas Hold ‘Em” writes Jackson Ryan for cnet.com. The AI-destroys-humans narrative is pretty consistent in the gaming world, with robots beating us at board games, complex multiplayer video games like Dota 2 and, of course, Go.The program was pitted against the world’s best AI for three board games: In each case, AlphaZero was only given the knowledge about the games basic rules. Source: cnet.com

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DeepMind’s new AI program, AlphaZero, taught itself to play and beat the world’s best AI in three different board games: chess, shogi, and Go

“So while they’ve definitely taken over as ancient board game champions, the robots likely won’t beat us at Texas Hold ‘Em” writes Jackson Ryan for cnet.com. The AI-destroys-humans narrative is pretty consistent in the gaming world, with robots beating us at board games, complex multiplayer video games like Dota 2 and, of course, Go.The program was pitted against the world’s best AI for three board games: In each case, AlphaZero was only given the knowledge about the games basic rules. Source: cnet.com

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