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Midyear Commodity Outlook: Are Higher Rates Masking Tight Inventories?

As we move into the second half of 2024, let’s take a look at a familiar market dynamic that’s often misunderstood in commodity investing: Current inventory levels may be much tighter than futures curves are signaling.

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Can Tight Spreads Still Deliver Excess Returns?

Over the past 18 months, investment grade (IG) corporate credit spreads have narrowed considerably in response to solid fundamentals and a strong economy. Given the tight spread levels, should investors reconsider the attractiveness of owning corporate bonds and instead buy Treasury securities?

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Reiterating the Case for Preferred Securities

Recent challenges from higher rates and banking turmoil are well known to investors in preferred securities, but the performance of this asset class relative to other alternatives in fixed income may not be. Here’s why we think preferreds continue to offer attractive total return potential and a tax-advantaged income stream.

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What Is Direct Indexing?

If you’re not sure what direct indexing means, you’re not alone. Even after the recent growth, direct indexing remains relatively unknown. As our compliance team never fails to remind us, you can’t invest directly in an index. So what exactly is direct indexing?

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What Is Impact Investing?

What do people really mean when they talk about impact investing? Typically they’re referring to investments made with the intention of generating measurable social or environmental benefits in addition to financial return.

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Avoid a Big January Tax Bill Without Sacrificing Performance

For many investors and financial advisors, December is the big month for tax-loss harvesting. But there can be negative consequences because of the wash-sales rules. A more effective way to manage taxes is harvesting losses all year long.

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Four Arguments for Investing in, or Staying in Commodities

Commodities have become a hated asset class, with cumulative losses totaling over 50% during the last 5 years. Despite recent returns, a strategic allocation to the commodity asset class still makes sense for many investors given its desirable combination of inflation protection and low correlation with the equity and fixed-income asset classes. Although poor performance in commodities may raise the question of why any such allocation should even exist, it ignores the fact that diversification is a useful tool for dealing with an unknown future, and always looks somewhat damaging in retrospect. The article provides four reasons for why current investors should remain invested and why everyone else should consider the current environment as an opportunity to add commodity exposure to their portfolios.
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Reduce Drag on Performance through Tax Managed Indexing

Tax changes in recent years have hit high-income earners, including investment income. These include an additional Medicare surtax, a new top rate for dividends and long-term capital gains, and the phase out of itemized deductions for affluent taxpayers. It’s increasingly important for advisors to help clients identify strategies to help them invest more tax efficiently.