The Benefits of Embracing Attribution

The Benefits of Embracing Attribution

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Another thing we spoke about is getting confident out there.

And one of the challenges is of you trying to create content, it can be time-consuming right? But, I’m guessing every day, every week you probably read a   bunch of great stuff. You read this article, you read that article it’s fantastic but one of the things that’s challenging to do is you can’t just share the stuff unaligned right? Well there’s a there’s a great way of kind of grabbing content using it really quickly but putting your own flavor on it.

There’s a great book by Austin Kleon called “Show Your Work” does anybody read it? Well worth looking, at it’s all about how to build an audience and build a brand by kind of giving them a look in behind, what you actually do on a day-to-day basis, how you work with clients, talking about your process in the sense that you’re giving people the opportunity to say, “hey this is how we do this is how we do that” but Chapter 5, talks about telling really great stories.

And they talk about one of the ways of doing this is by embracing attribution.

So one of the things I’ve tried to do and I’m continue to try to do is whenever I find something great, I’ll share it with you, but I’ll also say hey this is where we got it from, this is who wrote it this is why I think it’s relevant to you, and this is how we’ve used it right?

So it’s a really simple example, let’s say you find a really great article which is all about cash flow management. You’d simply say so what’s this article about, I’ve read this really great article about this topic,  here’s a link to it, it was written by this guy called Mr. Moustache and Mr. Moustache is a blogger who does this, in this and he wrote it last year . If you’re interested in finding more things like that I’d recommend, this articles really good, this articles really good. I found it, but I was I subscribed to his blog and why you should care about it is because he makes these three points you with me.

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In actual fact, if you get really good at if I included it I’ve included a template in there.

So let’s say every fortnight you make it a habit, to say we’re gonna put some content out whether it’s via newsletter or a blog or social media. You could just grab this template and fill it in what’s article one what is, who made it when it was where you can find where you want it to confide it how did you find it , why should your clients care and literally just provide it to your team with the next step.

And when you grab this, put an image next to it, publish it on Tuesday and that way you know let’s say you’re putting out two three bits of content a week, that’s at least half to a third of your content management strategy put out there. And again, if you’re going after that reporter person,  it’s perfect.

You’re not only giving people information and doing the right thing, you’re filtering the information and telling them why it’s important, this useful really easy way of producing content.

Want to download the template? Just email me at and I share it to you.

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An Emerging Theme In Thematic Investing

An Emerging Theme In Thematic Investing

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) are popular vehicles for market participants looking to engage in thematic investing. Thematic investing looks to take advantage of future growth trends, including disruptive technologies. Given that forward-looking approach, stock-picking in the thematic universe is equally as hard, if not harder, than in traditional market segments.

Go back to the late 1990s, before the bursting of the Internet/technology bubble. Back then, investors stood an equal chance of selecting E-Toys over Amazon or some no longer in existence networking equipment maker over Cisco.

“History is littered with examples of prospering industries with no indication of which company will come to dominate the industry,” according to Nasdaq. “This suggests that successful thematic investing is more about selecting baskets of investments rather than single securities.”1

The ALPS Disruptive Technologies ETF (DTEC) provides basket exposure to a broad swath of thematic investments. DTEC features exposure to not just one or two emerging technologies, but 10 such themes on an equal-weight basis.

Disruptive Efficiency

The 10 themes represented in DTEC are as follows: 3D printing, clean energy, cloud computing, cybersecurity, data and analytics, fintech, healthcare innovation, Internet of Things (IoT), mobile payments and robotics and artificial intelligence (AI).

Generally speaking, fund issuers have been quick to respond to disruptive and transformative technologies, bringing products to market to tap these themes. Prior to DTEC coming to market late last year, there were ETFs devoted exclusively to cloud computing, cybersecurity, robotics and other themes featured in DTEC. However, few use the basket approach to themes employed by DTEC.

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February, a rough month for U.S. stocks, highlighted the advantages of DTEC's multi-theme methodology. Seven of the 10 themes found in the fund finished the month lower, but DTEC was able to outperform the S&P 500 on a monthly basis.

Focusing on individual themes can be rewarding over the long-term, but not all investors have the risk tolerance for such a strategy. Consider this: the Indxx Global Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index jumped more than 48% in 2017. That type of performance is enough to seduce many investors, but that same benchmark slipped 7.60% in February, generating monthly volatility of 34.10%.Said another way, that robotics and AI index's February slide was more than triple the loss experienced by DTEC during the month.

More Advantages

While it probably is not accurate to call the indexes devoted to individual disruptive themes “old,” many use old school weighting methodologies. For example, the two largest components in the ISE Cloud Computing Index are Netflix, Inc. (NFLX) and Inc. (AMZN). Only two members of the S&P 500 have larger market values than Amazon while Netflix currently has a larger market cap than Wal-Mart (WMT) and McDonald's (MCD).

Holdings subject ot change as of 12/31/17

For its part, DTEC not only equally weights its 10 disruptive themes, but its 100 components as well, potentially reducing single stock risk in the process. As the chart below confirms, equally weighting stocks is rewarding across sectors and market capitalization segments.

Past performance does not guarantee future results

Annualized returns for the past 10 years show seven of the 11 S&P 500 sectors, when equally weighted, outperform cap-weighted equivalents, according to S&P. Three of those seven sectors – financial services, healthcare and technology – are prominent parts of DTEC's roster.

1 Source: Nasdaq Dec. 28, 2015

2 Source: ETF Replay data


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An investment in the ALPS Disruptive Technologies ETF (DTEC) may be subject to substantially greater risk and volatility than investments in larger and more mature technology companies.

There is no assurance that the market developments and sector growth based upon the themes discussed in the article will come to pass.

ALPS Disruptive Technologies ETF shares are not individually redeemable. Investors buy and sell shares of the ALPS Disruptive Technologies ETF on a secondary market. Only market makers or “authorized participants” may trade directly with the Fund, typically in blocks of 50,000 shares.

ALPS Advisors, Inc. (AAI) has engaged IRIS Werks, LLC (IRIS) to produce analysis and commentary on ALPS-advised ETFs. IRIS currently has a compensated business relationship with AAI. AAI is not affiliated with IRIS.

The content and opinions expressed in this article are that of the author and not the views and opinions of AAI.  In addition, AAI assumes no responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the content written by the author.

There are risks involved with investing in ETFs including the loss of money. Additional information regarding the risks of this investment is available in the prospectus. Past Performance is not indicative of future results.

The fund is new and has limited operating history.

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The author is not an investment professional and this article should not be considered investment advice. While the information and statistical data contained herein are based on sources believed to be reliable, the author takes no responsibility to ensure the accuracy of the content. Additionally, this article should not be relied on or be the basis for an investment decision. Information that is historical is not indicative of future results, and subject to change.

S&P 500®: A capitalization-weighted index of 500 stocks designed to measure performance of the broad domestic economy through changes in the aggregate market value of 500 stocks representing all major industries.

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S&P MidCap 400®: A capitalization-weighted index that measures the mid-cap segment of the U.S. equity market.

Indxx Global Robotics & Artifical Intelligence Thematic Index: The Indxx Global Robotics & Artificial Intelligence Thematic Index is designed to track the performance of companies listed in developed markets that are expected to benefit from the increased adoption and utilization of robotics and Artificial Intelligence ("AI"), including companies involved in Industrial Robotics and Automation, Non-Industrial Robots, Artificial Intelligence and Unmanned Vehicles.

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