Bear Market Lemonade

In years with negative investment returns, investors may be able to use losses to offset taxable capital gains, a technique known as tax loss harvesting.

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From the Consultants’ Desk: Trends in the Private Equity Market

Even investors not involved with private equity can be affected by the interplay with the public equity side, particularly in the US growth space.

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Best Practices & Innovations in Model Portfolios

Highlights from a panel talk on model portfolios featuring Natixis Solutions’ Portfolio Manager Brian Kmetz, CFA®, offer best practices and innovations.

Investment Committee Overview

Learn about the investment committee that provides capital market views and asset allocation guidance for consulting clients and tactical model portfolios.

  • October 11, 2022
Positioning Portfolios for Fading Inflation

As year-over-year inflation shows signs of peaking, investors may want to revisit portfolio allocations.

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From the Consultants’ Desk: Investment Portfolio Construction Trends at Midyear

US equity exceptionalism sentiment, value, shorter durations, and unicorns are among the asset allocation trends explored.

5 Midyear Trends in Model Investment Portfolios – Summer 2022

As correlations and inflation spiked in the first half of 2022, the best performing investment portfolios held inflation-protection assets, alternatives – and cash.

Student Loan Carry Trade – I Bond Update

The pause in student loan payment requirements in March 2020 created a unique investment opportunity for borrowers who wanted to put their savings to work.

Is This a Good Time to Consider Corporate Bonds?

With yields recently hitting 13-year highs and recession fears growing, are there opportunities in investment grade corporate bonds?

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?

Are Stocks a Better Value Than Bonds?

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

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From the Consultants' Desk: Allocations in Volatile Markets

How inflation, volatile markets, recession fears, and ongoing uncertainty are affecting allocation decisions in financial advisors’ portfolios.

Will There Be a Recession in 2022?

Portfolio analysts evaluate key economic indicators and historical data to assess the likelihood of a US recession in the next 12 months.

Inflation Protection: An Equity-Centric View

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

5 Allocation Trends in Model Portfolios – Winter 2022

Allocations in advisors’ moderate models reflect disenchantment with growth stocks and growing concern about rising rates and inflation.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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CE Credit: Deep Dive into Model Portfolio Construction

Overviews the range of model portfolio construction methodologies with a focus on their strengths and weaknesses.

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Vaughan Nelson Select: Why, How, What

Equity Analyst Adam Rich talks about how Vaughan Nelson Select takes a concentrated, active approach to equity opportunities.

  • May 14, 2021
A Client-Centric View of Managed Models

Ways clients benefit from managed models, and how best to communicate to clients why you made the shift, are outlined by Gregory V. Kanarian, CFA®.

5 Investment Trends in US Advisor Portfolios – Spring 2021

Recent trends show increasing growth style bias, higher emerging market allocations and focus on quality fixed income holdings in moderate portfolios.

Five Institutional Investment Trends to Watch

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