About the Editor
Alex Bryan, CFA, is director of passive strategies for North America at Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Before assuming his current role in 2016, Bryan spent four years as a manager analyst covering equity strategies. Previously, he was a project manager and senior data analyst in Morningstar's Data department. He joined Morningstar in 2008 as an inside sales consultant for Morningstar Office.

Bryan holds a bachelor's degree in economics and finance from Washington University in St. Louis, where he graduated magna cum laude, and a master's degree in business administration, with high honors, from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation. In 2016, Bryan was named a Rising Star at the 23rd Annual Mutual Fund Industry Awards.


Investment Strategy
Morningstar ETFInvestor scans the globe for value and improving fundamentals across virtually all asset classes. Editor Alex Bryan draws upon academic and practitioner research — including Morningstar's sizeable bench of stock, bond and fund analysts — to find reliable drivers of outperformance.

Morningstar ETFInvestor features four model portfolios.

The Basic Portfolio harnesses the market's collective wisdom with ultra-low-cost funds and is the baseline portfolio against which the three other portfolios will be compared.

The Defensive Portfolio aims to provide lower volatility, better downside protection, and better risk-adjusted performance than the basic portfolio over the long-term.

The Factor Portfolio is designed to earn higher returns than the basic portfolio over the long-term.

The Income Portfolio attempts to earn a higher distribution yield than the basic portfolio, without taking a lot more risk.

 
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Alex Bryan, CFA,
Director of Passive Strategies for North America and Editor
Alex Bryan, CFA, is director of passive strategies for North America at Morningstar Research Services LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Morningstar, Inc. Before assuming his current role in 2016, Bryan spent four years as a manager analyst covering equity strategies.Previously, he was a project manager and senior data analyst in Morningstar's Data department. He joined Morningstar in 2008 as an inside sales consultant for Morningstar Office.
Featured Posts
New Issue: The Dark Side of Index Investing

The PDF version of the September issue of ETFInvestor is now available for download.

If the link above doesn’t work, you can download this month's issue by copying this address into your browser: http://etf.morningstar.com/Newsletter.aspx?download=currentIssue

The September issue addresses some of the arguments against index investing. These arguments are worth taking seriously, though most aren’t persuasive. The market isn’t perfect, but passive index investing is still probably the best option for most investors.

Here you’ll find content about:     

  • Arguments against index investing and why many of them aren’t compelling  
  • Why the factor portfolio has a decent shot to beat the market and how it would look with small-cap stocks  
  • iShares Russell 2000 ETF and iShares iBoxx $ High Yield Corporate Bond ETF HYG
  • Why the market is not always efficient
  • How bond ETFs improve liquidity and why that doesn’t increase market risk

On a separate note, Barron's recently published an article arguing that iShares Edge MSCI Minimum Volatility USA ETF (USMV) is "among the riskiest investments in the market right now." That argument centers around valuations, but the headline numbers don't tell the full story. You can read my rebuttal of Barron's argument here.

Best,

Alex

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DIAMONDS Trust, Series 1
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