Institutional Investing Trends Observed at Midyear 2022

Amid the failed diversification of disappointing returns from both stocks and bonds, there are some bright spots in institutional investing trends.

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From the Consultants’ Desk: Quantitative Tightening & Bonds

If the Federal Reserve is no longer buying bonds, what happens to bond prices?

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Bottoms Up: Finding Sustainable Growth in a Global Value Chain

Through a pint of beer, take a look at how Loomis Sayles’ Growth Equity Strategies Team analyzes the beverage industry’s global value chain.

  • June 28, 2022
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Using Option Strategies to Help Manage Portfolio Volatility

Learn how option strategies can help manage the volatility of equities and create a smoother ride.

  • June 9, 2022
Are Stocks a Better Value Than Bonds?

Analysis of whether the equity market selloff has improved stock valuations relative to bonds.

Diversification? The Last Free Lunch is Getting Leaner

500 names in an index isn’t offering broad diversification today. That’s why maintaining factor diversification is key to Vaughan Nelson’s Select approach.

  • May 19, 2022
Inflation Protection: An Equity-Centric View

Historical analysis highlights which equity sectors and strategies fare best when inflation heats up.

Tax Management Update Q1 2022

Analysis of recent tax loss harvesting opportunities and overview of potential changes in tax legislation from the billionaire tax to SECURE 2.0.

Concentration and Active Management Distinguish US Equity ETF

Q&A with Scott Weber, Co-Portfolio Manager of the Natixis Vaughan Nelson Select ETF (VNSE).

Institutional Investment Trends Observed for 2H2021

Strong returns, higher inflation, and lots of dry powder entering 2022.

Sharpe-Weighting: An Alternative Portfolio Construction Technique

Weighting portfolio assets based on their Sharpe ratios may be a good alternative to mean-variance optimization to help optimize risk efficiency.

  • January 18, 2022
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Portfolio Rebalancing in Uncertain Times

Periodic rebalancing is necessary to maintain an investor’s target risk profile, but it’s important to understand the costs and benefits.

  • January 6, 2022
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Equity Diversification for the Next Selloff

With their yields near all-time lows, Treasuries may no longer provide reliable diversification for equities in the next crisis. What else might work?

Choosing an Optimal Target Date Solution

Balancing performance, fees, investment processes, and equity allocation parameters is key to evaluating target date fund managers.

Portfolio Defense: Value, Growth, or Neither?

Analysis of 20-year returns suggests that sector diversification may be a more effective defensive strategy than favoring growth or value equity styles.

Valuations and Fundamentals: A Historical Perspective

While P/E ratios are still close to their historic highs, equities remain attractive when adjusting for interest rates and a different fundamental backdrop.

Opportune Time to Revisit REITs

REITs can provide a diversified source of income, an inflation hedge and growth potential – but they are often missing from investor portfolios.

Asset Allocator’s Guide to Equity Diversification Strategies

Investors concerned about offsetting equity risk may want to look beyond traditional assets like dividend-paying stocks, gold, and core fixed income funds.

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From the Consultant’s Desk: Reframing the Growth vs. Value Debate

Our consultants explain why defensive and cyclical sectors may be a better way to diversify an equity portfolio than the traditional growth/value framework.

  • November 29, 2021
Managing Risk: Implications of China’s Regulatory Changes

China’s rollout of regulations, especially for internet firms, is analyzed through a risk management lens by Portfolio Manager Eric Liu at Harris Associates.

The Shift from Growth & Value to Business Cycle Investing

Evaluating equity exposures in the context of their response to the business cycle can lead to better portfolio construction.

Using Factor Analysis to Build Better Portfolios

Identifying a portfolio’s risk factors – the underlying investment exposures that drive returns – is a critical step in the asset allocation process.

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From the Consultant’s Desk: 4 Trends Dominating Advisor Portfolios

Portfolio consultants discuss record high equity allocations, economic cycle dynamics, and the growing popularity of alternatives and model portfolios.

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Generate Better After-Tax Returns with Direct Indexing

Learn why direct indexing with a separately managed account (SMA) is more tax-efficient than an index fund or ETF.

Five Institutional Investment Trends to Watch

Recent trends include cash deployment, sustainable investment screening, and muni debt issuance by colleges and universities.

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Institutional Investment Trends During the Covid Market

Six institutional asset allocation and investment trends derived from data analyzed by Natixis Investment Managers Solutions consultants.

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Asset Allocation Trends During the COVID Market

Key trends derived from in-depth analysis of model portfolios by Natixis Investment Managers Solutions consultants.

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Direct Indexing Solutions for Tax-Efficient Diversification

Learn how a direct indexing strategy can help control the tax impact of diversifying a concentrated stock position.

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Tax-Efficient Portfolio Transitions Using Direct Indexing

Discover how direct indexing can help minimize the tax consequences of transitioning portfolio assets to a new account.