• Is weekly better than monthly?

    The most common question about Muscular Portfolios is this: “Would we make more money if we switched to the highest-rated exchange-traded funds once a week rather than once a month?” Now we have new data to answer the question with some real facts. See Newsletter #27.

  • New authorities confirm our results

    Now that a full bear-bull market cycle was completed on Feb. 19, 2020, financial websites have used the returns of actual ETFs to measure the Mama Bear and Papa Bear against inspirational speaker Tony Robbins’s All-Seasons Portfolio, financial adviser Gary Antonacci’s Dual Momentum, and ETF guru Mebane Faber’s Ivy Portfolio — and Muscular Portfolios passed the test. See Newsletter #26.

  • S&P crashes 33%. You’re down just 8%. Success!

    In the fastest collapse into a bear market in history, the S&P 500 crashed as much as 33.79% between Feb. 19 and Mar. 23. But followers of the Papa Bear Portfolio had suffered a decline of less than 8% on that day — not even a correction! Keeping losses small is the reason Muscular Portfolios outperform the index in the long term. Now, an all-new independent daily tracking system shows each portfolio’s return since 2007 in real time — free of charge. See Newsletter #25.

  • Do you make behavioral errors?

    One of the most important scientific findings of this century for investors is the fact that our unconscious behaviors can seriously lower our gains.
    Now an entire volume has been written about the ways we humans suffer from our completely unconscious habits. Most importantly, the new work gives us a chance to do something about the problem. See Newsletter #24.

  • A new year of performance

    As we enter the decade of the 2020s, it’s a good time to look back and check the returns and features of diversified portfolios. After well over 10 years of a bull market, are people realistic about the prospects for new highs, or are they expecting a “yeti portfolio” — a creature that cannot exist? See Newsletter #23.

  • ETFScreen gives away the signals

    There’s a new way for you to find the top-ranked ETFs for your Muscular Portfolio each month., in cooperation with Publica Press (the publisher of the Muscular Portfolios Newsletter), now posts the ranking tables on its website free of charge — offering you some new features. See Newsletter #22.

  • ‘Free’ commissions actually aren’t

    Brokerage firms such as Charles Schwab, TD Ameritrade, E*Trade, and Fidelity Investments made headlines last month by dropping their commissions from a few dollars per trade to zero. Lower commissions are good for individual investors, but hidden costs and fees imposed by these same brokerage firms can ding you more than the trading commissions ever did. See Newsletter #21.

  • Will ETFs crash the market?

    The financial media has become agitated by a well-known trader claiming that exchange-traded funds are in a bubble that will cause a crash similar to the global financial crisis. Other experts say that’s not at all true, and cite a MarketWatch column by Brian Livingston as part of their evidence. See Newsletter #20.

  • Stocks are down, your money is up

    It’s been a horrible few months for the S&P 500, with gut-wrenching lurches down. But Muscular Portfolios actually went up during the same period. With a simple set of rules, your strategy automatically adapts to market conditions, requiring only a few minutes of your attention per month. See Newsletter #19.

  • Fresher ETF price data for you

    Most free market-data sites delay their ETF price data by 20 minutes or more. Now, the data for the Muscular Portfolios ranking pages is far more timely but is still provided to you absolutely free of charge. And you continue to get a handy “flash crash” warning indicator. See Newsletter #18.