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.

Vaughan Nelson Select ETF Tapped by CFRA as a Fund in Focus

Researcher CFRA awards the Natixis Vaughan Nelson Select ETF (VNSE) with its 5-star rating, based on performance, reward potential and risk mitigation.

  • May 3, 2022
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.

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.

The Art – and Science – of Building Better Model Portfolios

As financial professionals are growing more sophisticated in their use of models, they are raising the bar for portfolio providers.

  • December 6, 2021
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The Curious Case for Carbon

Carbon allowances, as a tradeable commodity, may offer investors potential opportunities for diversification, hedging, and enhanced returns.

Have You Seen the Writing on the Wall of Worry: Outlook 2022

Growth catalysts, favorability of US equities, inflation’s path, and fixed income hurdles and highlights are explored by our investment experts.

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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
Tactical Asset Allocation for Offense and Defense

Tactical asset allocation strategies can add value and improve returns, but they can also be difficult to execute and evaluate. Here’s what to look for.

Portfolio Construction with ESG: Buy, Renovate or Build?

Learn about three ways to create an investment portfolio with an ESG (environmental, social, governance) focus.

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.

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Models Are Moving Mainstream

What’s behind the growing popularity of model portfolios and innovative strategies now available are explored.

  • October 22, 2021
How Should You Rebalance a Simple Portfolio?

Our research suggests that using asset thresholds rather than a calendar-based schedule provides better outcomes.

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.

Institutional Investment Trends Midyear 2021

In a strong equity market, institutions are rebalancing into fixed income and looking for opportunities to outsource certain investment management functions.

Natixis Investment Managers Solutions Investment Committee Overview

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

  • August 10, 2021
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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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From the Consultant’s Desk: What’s happening under the surface?

Consultants discuss how the growing divergence in the equity market has affected portfolio allocations – and highlight sectors advisors may have missed.

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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.

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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.