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As fear spreads throughout the markets, it pays to step back and think about what drives long-term stock returns: dividends. Jeremy Schwartz examines the history of dividend growth during volatile times.

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Despite valuation’s predictive power in forecasting long-term returns, many investors have shorter time horizons. Matt Wagner and Kara Marciscano explain how our quality dividend growth methodology can help investors strike a balance between screening for companies with profitability and growth, and valuations.

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The stock market is having a moment of truth. A two-week window in late August/early September witnessed so-called “Minimum Volatility” strategies lose their luster, underperforming Value by 4 percentage points. Could this value trend continue?

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In his 2018 letter to Berkshire Hathaway shareholders, Buffett wrote that stock performance converges with business performance over time if the original purchase price is not excessive. Jeremy Schwartz and Kara Marciscano make the case for our quality dividend growth strategy, with aggregate profitability that is comparable to Berkshire’s equity portfolio and a valuation below the S&P 500.

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If factor investing makes logical sense—and we think it does—the way to operate an ETF business is to have conviction and reasonable fees. Using simple arithmetic, Jeff Weniger calculates the “hurdle rate,” which quantifies how well active selections need to perform to cover their expense ratios.

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When it comes to low-volatility strategies, it’s important to look under the hood to determine what risks may or may not be evident. Christopher Gannatti discuses a low-volatility investing option with less valuation risk for today’s equity market.

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