In the more normal market, “investors will need to rely on other signals for direction,” according to the folks at Bernstein Global Wealth Management. “Among the key indicators will be data on global economic health, and we systematically track such releases across all major economies. In a high-consensus environment, we are particularly interested in how the new data stack up against expectations: in other words, the degree of positive or negative surprise from actual versus predicted results.” What Advisors Can Learn From Startups (WealthManagement.com) John Kador at WealthManagement.com is out with a list of seven lessons that advisors can learn from startups. 1. “Focus relentlessly on the use experience” - See what a client’s experience would be using your website or calling your office.
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Investors can also use the UBS E-TRACS Wells Fargo Business Development Company ETN (Nasdaq: BDCS ) to add a wide swath of the sector to their portfolio. With biotech and technology being the two hot growth areas, investors may want to focus their BDC efforts in these sectors. To that end, Palo Alto, Calif.-based Hercules Technology Growth Capital (Nasdaq: HTGC ) could be the prime pick. HTGC has been immensely successful in identifying the next-big things in tech and continues to have many of its portfolio companies IPO. These have included early stakes in Menlo Park, Calif.’s Facebook (NYSE: FB ) and San Francisco real-estate firm Trulia (Nasdaq: TRLA ).
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