What's a Monte Carlo Simulation?

We can’t predict the future, so where do we put our money?Every investor understands that investing involves uncertainty. Next year might be choppy or it might be smooth. The market might be up,…


The second most important thing when selecting an ETF

Q&A with Vijay Vaidyanathan, PhD, CEO at Optimal Asset Management   Q: What are the most important considerations when selecting an ETF? Should fees be considered? A: For most investors,…


When does Tax-Loss Harvesting with Direct Indexing Work?

Investing directly in the stocks underlying an index through separately-managed accounts opens up numerous benefits unavailable through pooled vehicles such as ETFs or mutual funds.  Of these,…


Direct Indexing: Not just for Institutions Anymore

Direct Indexing is gaining traction as an attractive equity investment alternative to many different types of investors, beyond the traditional large institutional class. Direct Indexing is simple,…


Worried about market volatility? Watch this TV show from 1987

If you're watching CNBC, Bloomberg TV, reading Barrons or the Wall Street Journal or even just cruising Google or listening to the pundits anywhere else this past volatile week, you'll know that this…


Optimal at the 6th Annual ETF Conference

The growth of factor investing in the institutional investor space continues. Optimal Asset Management recently returned from a great trip to Toronto and Montreal. Our CEO, Vijay Vaidyanathan, spoke…


Investment Waves

The Great Wave of Kanagawa is Hokusai’s most famous work, one of the Thirty Six Views of Mount Fuji. It depicts an enormous wave threatening boats off the coast of the prefecture of Kanagawa. The…