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Q4 Market Outlook: Where to Find Smarter Investment Strategies

This article was originally published on ETFTrends.com.

With jolts of volatility throughout the first half of the year, investors need to consider smart strategies to adapt to changing conditions in a late business cycle.

In the upcoming webcast, Q4 Market Outlook: Where to Find Smarter Investment Strategies, Rusty Vanneman, President/Chief Investment Officer, CLS Investments; John Davi, Founder and Chief Investment Officer, Astoria Portfolio Advisors; and Matthew Bartolini, Head of SPDR Americas Research, State Street Global Advisors, will provide a Q4 market outlook and look to factor-based or alternative indexing methodologies as smarter investment strategies.

In a period of heightened volatility and uncertainty, investors may consider quality or steadier U.S. market exposure to better stabilize an investment portfolio. For example, something like the SPDR S&P Dividend ETF (SDY) can help investors target U.S. companies with a track record of steady dividend growth. SDY holds firms that have a minimum dividend increase streak of 20 years for inclusion.

 A Yield-Weighting Method

Moreover, SDY follows a yield-weighting methodology that allocates a larger weight toward those with higher yields, so the portfolio leans toward more mid-sized quality companies.

Investors can also look to quality or companies that exhibit strong fundamentals overgrowth through something like the SPDR MSCI USA StrategicFactorsSM ETF (QUS) . The SPDR MSCI Quality Mix USA ETF tracks the equally-weighted MSCI USA Quality Mix A-Series Index, which is a combination of the MSCI USA Value Weighted, MSCI USA Minimum Volatility, and MSCI USA Quality Indexes.

Related: 7 Dividend Growth ETFs for a Low Yield Environment 

Quality companies with high-profit margins and healthy balance sheets at a reasonable price may provide more resilience and cushion some downside risks. Additionally, blending differentiated factor exposures may create a more balanced profile to navigate rocky conditions.

Financial advisors who are interested in learning more about market strategies for the quarter ahead can register for the Thursday, September 5 webcast here.