Top Performing Stock Models

Guru Based on Annual
Dashan Huang 22.4%
Partha Mohanram 15.9%
James O'Shaughnessy 20.4%
Motley Fool 14.4%
Wesley Gray 12.9%
Patrick O'Shaughnessy 18.1%
Wayne Thorp 17.2%
Meb Faber 17.1%
Martin Zweig 11.8%
Validea 11.5%
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Top Performing ETF Models

Portfolio Annual
Factor Rotation - Momentum with Trend 13.4%
Factor Rotation - Composite with Trend 13.0%
Factor Rotation - Momentum 12.0%
Factor Rotation - Composite 11.3%
Factor Rotation - Macro with Trend 11.0%
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Considerations For Investors Seeking High Dividend Paying Stocks

By Justin Carbonneau (@jjcarbonneau)

Many stock investors seek out high dividend paying companies. Over time, dividends have been an important component of long-term stock returns and many investors, particularly investors drawing off their portfolios, favor higher yielding companies because they view income paying investments as getting "paid while they wait".


The Case Againt Value Stocks - Part II

By Jack Forehand (@practicalquant)

It would be an understatement to say that the last decade has been a challenging one for value investors. The problems were initially isolated to certain value metrics (i.e. Price/Book) and more contained in strategies that overweighted certain sectors, but in the past few years the damage spilled over into pretty much any way you tried to represent value. And just when it seemed things couldn’t get any worse, the coronavirus came in and dealt one more horrible gut punch to value.
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Episode 65: Why Dividend Investing May Be Overrated

Dividend based investing strategies are very popular among investors. The ability to receive regular cash payments from the equities they own and a belief that dividend paying stocks outperform the market are both major drivers of this popularity. But this preference for dividend stocks often exceeds the reality of the benefits they provide. In this episode, we take a look at the facts behind dividend investing. We look at how dividend-paying stocks perform over time and why the source of their outperformance may be different than many investors think. We also look at alternative ways to accomplish the goals of strategies based around dividends.

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Episode 64: Breaking Down the Investment Strategy of Peter Lynch

Peter Lynch is one of the most successful mutual fund managers of all time. Lynch guided Fidelity Investment's Magellan Fund to a 29.2 percent average annual return from 1977 until his retirement in 1990, almost doubling the S&P 500's 15.8 percent yearly return over that time. And he did it with an approach that is very unique among history's most successful investors. In its paper Superstar Investors, AQR tried to use factors explain the historical performance of some of the best investors of all time, and Lynch's performance was the most difficult to explain using that framework. In this episode, we look at Lynch's approach to investing and our quantitative strategy based on him, which we extracted from his book One Up On Wall Street. We also look at why his strategy is so difficult to quantify.

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Top Quant and ETF Strategies in a Historic Market

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Performance Disclaimer: Returns presented on are model returns and do not represent actual trading. As a result, they do not incorporate any commissions or other trading costs or fees. Model portfolios with inception dates on or after 12/30/2005 include a combination of back tested and live model returns. The back-tested performance results shown are hypothetical and are not the result of real-time management of actual accounts. The back-testing of performance differs from actual account performance because the investment strategy may be adjusted at any time, for any reason and can continue to be changed until desired or better performance results are achieved. Back-tested returns are presented to provide general information regarding how the underlying strategy behind the portfolio performed in our historical testing. A back-tested strategy has the benefit of hindsight and the results do not reflect the impact that material economic or market factors may have had on advisor's decision-making if actual client assets were being managed using this approach.

Optimal portfolios presented on represent the rebalancing period that has led to the best historical performance for each of our equity models. Each optimal portfolio was determined after the fact with performance information that was not available at portfolio inception. As a result, an investor could not have invested in the optimal portfolio since its inception. Optimal portfolios are presented to allow investors to quickly determine the portfolio size and rebalancing period that has performed best for each of our models in our historical testing.

Both the model portfolio and benchmark returns presented for all equity portfolios on are not inclusive of dividends. Returns for our ETF portfolios and trend following system, and the benchmarks they are compared to, are inclusive of dividends. The S&P 500 is presented as a benchmark because it is the most widely followed benchmark of the overall US market and is most often used by investors for return comparison purposes. As with any investment strategy, there is potential for profit as well as the possibility of loss and investors may incur a loss despite a past history of gains. Past performance does not guarantee future results. Results will vary with economic and market conditions.