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Monday, April 30th, 2012 dreamstimefree_6271799_handHoldingLightBulb

Everyone wants diligence. Few will ever turn it down. The problem is that diligence is expensive. New Constructs makes diligence cost-effective.

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Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: All-cap Blend

Monday, April 30th, 2012 AllCapBlendFig2

The all-cap blend style ranks third out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my style roadmap. It gets… Read more >>

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Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: Large-cap Growth

Monday, April 30th, 2012 LargeCapGrowthFig1

The large-cap growth style ranks second out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my style roadmap. It gets… Read more >>

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Best & Worst ETFs and Mutual Funds: Large-cap Blend

Monday, April 30th, 2012 largeCapBlendFig1

The large-cap blend style ranks first out of the twelve fund styles as detailed in my style roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 40 ETFs and 1193 mutual funds in the large-cap blend style as of April 24, 2012.

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Best & Worst Style ETFs & Mutual Funds

Monday, April 30th, 2012 StyleB&WFig1

The best ETFs and mutual funds have high-quality holdings and low costs. As detailed in “A cheap fund is not always a good fund”, there are few funds that have both good holdings and low costs. While there are lots of cheap funds, there are very few with high-quality holdings.

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Roadmap to the Best & Worst ETF and Mutual Fund Styles

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012 StyleRoadmapFig1

None of the fund styles earn a rating better than Neutral. The primary driver behind the Neutral-or-worse ratings is poor… Read more >>

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Financials Sector

Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 FinancialSectorFig1

The Financials sector ranks last out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It is the only sector to earn my Very Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 48 ETFs and 224 mutual funds in the Financials sector as of April 18, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Telecom Services Sector

Friday, April 20th, 2012 TelecomFig1

The Telecom Services sector ranks ninth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 5 ETFs and 12 mutual funds in the Telecom sector as of April 17, 2012

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Utilities Sector

Friday, April 20th, 2012 UtilitiesFig1

The Utilities sector ranks eighth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Dangerous rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 9 ETFs and 39 mutual funds in the Utilities sector as of April 17, 2012.

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Diligence Matters To Morgan Stanley’s PMI Group

Friday, April 20th, 2012 Diligence Matters To Morgan Stanley’s PMI Group

The advisors in Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s PMI Group are among the most sophisticated and conscientious that I have ever met. My presentation focused on how New Constructs makes diligence profitable and cost-effective.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Energy Sector

Friday, April 20th, 2012 EnergyFig1

The Energy sector ranks seventh out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 20 ETFs and 89 mutual funds in the Energy sector as of April 17, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Materials Sector

Friday, April 20th, 2012 MaterialsFig1

The Materials sector ranks sixth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 11 ETFs and 11 mutual funds in the Materials sector as of April 16, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Consumer Discretionary Sector

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 ConsumerDiscFig1

The Consumer Discretionary sector ranks 5th out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 18 ETFs and 27 mutual funds in the Consumer Discretionary sector as of April 16, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Industrials Sector

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 IndustrialFig1

The Industrials sector ranks fourth out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 16 ETFs and 18 mutual funds in the Industrials sector as of April 16, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Technology Sector

Thursday, April 19th, 2012 TechFigure1

The Information Technology sector ranks 3rd out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 28 ETFs and 151 mutual funds in the Information Technology sector as of April 16th, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Health Care Sector

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 HealthCareFig1

The Health Care sector ranks 2nd out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Neutral rating, which is based on aggregation of ratings of 22 ETFs and 86 mutual funds in the Health Care sector as of April 13, 2012.

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Best & Worst ETFs & Mutual Funds: Consumer Staples Sector

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 ConsumerStaplesFig1

The Consumer Staples sector ranks first out of the ten sectors as detailed in my sector roadmap. It gets my Attractive rating, which is based on the aggregation of my ratings for 10 Consumer Staples ETFs and 9 Consumer Staples mutual funds as of April 12, 2012. Reports on the best & worst ETFs and mutual funds in every sector and style are on my blog and MarketWatch’s Trading Deck.

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Best & Worst Sector ETFs & Mutual Funds

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 BW_funds1

The best ETFs and mutual funds have high-quality holdings and low costs. As detailed in “A cheap fund is not always a good fund”, there are few funds that have both good holdings and low costs. There are lots of cheap funds, but there are too few funds with high-quality holdings.

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Roadmap to the Best & Worst Sectors for Funds 2Q12

Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 SectorRoadmapFig1

Only one sector, Consumer Staples, earns my Attractive rating. See Figure 1 for my ranking of all ten sectors. My sector ratings are based on the aggregation of my fund ratings for every ETF and mutual fund in each each sector.

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Microsoft (MSFT): Very Attractive Rating — for Ask Matt Readers

Monday, April 9th, 2012 Microsoft (MSFT): Very Attractive Rating — for Ask Matt Readers

MSFT gets my best rating because the company’s ROIC, at 72%, ranks 8th in the S&P 500 while its stock price (~$31.52/share) implies the company’s profits will permanently decline by about 20%. High profitability and low valuation create excellent risk/reward in a stock. Here is my free report on MSFT.

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