Banks have reemerged as a potential pain point for the investment community, as rating agencies recently embarked on a downgrade cycle in the sector.
Given the uncertainty over a recession, there are other incremental steps that investors may want to consider instead. These include making adjustments to a portfolio’s market beta and credit exposure.
Soft consumer confidence and property-market woes are playing a large role in the slowdown of China’s economy.
For some organizations, a partial outsourcing of their investment program is preferable to total outsourcing. Despite this, some OCIO providers will still try very hard to sell companies on a full OCIO solution.
Diversifying a portfolio means spreading the investments across a variety of asset classes, industries and geographies.
Advisors can capitalize on the expected transfer of wealth between generations, the expected wave of retirements among older advisors, and referrals from other professionals.
Many advisors are now providing customized wealth management services to their clients and their families, often across multiple generations.
We are now a few years past the onset of the COVID pandemic, and we've had a chance to think about some of its changes in the wealth management business. Even if we wish certain things hadn't changed, we must acknowledge that they have – and adapt accordingly.
While money market assets have risen in recent years, returns have historically lagged behind a diversified portfolio.
Investors should be aware of potential real-time market exposure risks when implementing large changes to their portfolios.
Bank of England raises interest rates again as expected. Rate hike likely to hurt first-time homebuyers in London. UK gilt curve appears to be pricing in a "higher rates for longer" scenario.
Referrals from established clients are a good way to organically grow an advisory business.
Australia and Canada are experiencing a surge in population growth, while growth rates have slowed substantially in the UK due to post-Brexit frictions.
Equity and fixed income markets experienced heightened volatility amid the Q2 debt-ceiling saga, while currency and derivatives markets were mostly unaffected.
The sale of a business, property, or large stock position can generate a financial windfall that may trigger a large tax liability.
The Fed continued to signal a "meeting-by-meeting" data-dependent approach to monetary policy. While the June Summary of Economic Projections suggested that there might be one more hike after today's, we think it's also possible that today's hike may be the last one.
Higher yields for corporate bonds generally correspond to higher credit risk based on an issuer's credit rating.
Q2 2023 was a more favorable environment for Emerging Markets, Europe, Australia and Real Assets managers.
UK gilts rally after headline and core inflation numbers surprise to the downside.
An advisor’s greatest contribution to an investor’s bottom line is their guidance through volatile markets.
Over the past two years, higher inflation has led to a higher return hurdle for investors who have established real return objectives, making it harder for them to achieve their return objectives over the short term. But is this likely to be the case over the long term as well?
In what's quickly become one of my favorite annual traditions at Russell Investments, I survey our associate base for their summer reading recommendations every year around this time.
We believe that avoiding whole sectors or business models introduces portfolio risk and should be done only with careful consideration and a strategic, holistic plan.
The ARCS strategy is a currency management strategy that gives a diversified exposure to three factors: Carry, Value and Trend.
In 2022, the funded status of $20 billion club members reached its highest level since 2007 due to steep rises in discount rates.
Spring cleaning is essential to a cleaner home, just like rebalancing is essential to keeping an investor on track.
We believe that the creeping economic slowdown in the United States will probably persist for a few more months, with a recession possible over the next 12-18 months. The onset of the recession may be delayed until 2024.
A direct indexing solution can help make an investment portfolio as personalized as a home.
Aggressive monetary policy tightening in developed markets led to a drawdown in house prices in 2022, but not a meltdown.
In a hawkish move coming on the heels of data that showed a reacceleration in inflation, the Bank of England raised its key lending rate by 50 basis points at today’s policy meeting.
Today's U.S. equity market is highly concentrated, with seven stocks contributing to an astonishing 96% of the Russell 1000 Index's year-to-date return.
The complexity of some risk management platforms can lead to a steep learning curve for institutional investors, draining resources and creating stress.
At its June meeting, the Fed opted to forgo an increase in its key lending rate for the first time since March 2022 but projected that more rate hikes may be possible by year-end. Our investment strategy analyst shares his thoughts on when the central bank’s rate-hiking journey could finally end.
Our director of Customized Portfolio Solutions and overlay portfolio management, Brian Causey, shares his key takeaways from 20 years of working on overlay solutions.
Interest-rate volatility on shorter-duration assets is running near historical highs, even as rate changes begin to level off.
While the retirement of several high-profile CIOs has generated ample news, and headlines, there’s been very little press coverage about OCIO as a potential solution. We find this perplexing.
In a difficult year such as 2023, rebalancing between asset classes that are declining may seem a futile exercise. But rebalancing, even in down markets, remains vital to keeping a portfolio within the right risk/reward ratio and is a key element of the value that an advisor can provide to their clients.
The passage of the debt-ceiling deal removes a significant threat to the economy and markets. The focus now shifts back to where it’s been for the past 18 months: inflation, the Fed, and recession risks.
A robust implementation strategy and real-world implementation capabilities are both necessary in order to achieve your portfolio’s preferred position.
In the five months prior to U.S. recessions dating to the 1920s, the equity Momentum factor was the top performer, with an annualized cumulative excess market return of +6.7%, on average.
Is the debt-ceiling agreement struck between the White House and Republican Party leaders likely to be approved by Congress? Our chief investment strategist explains why we believe the answer is yes.
The stresses in the CRE market do not appear to pose a systemic threat to the global banking system.
As other nations seek to become less dependent on the U.S. dollar, rumors of the greenback’s potential demise continue to swirl. Can the dollar remain king of the world’s reserve currency?
Over the past decade or so, there has been a broad trend in the industry toward closing and freezing defined benefit plans.
The terms private credit and private debt are often used interchangeably to describe direct origination credit strategies. But, the business is also known by another name: non-bank lending.
Negotiations among lawmakers in Washington, D.C., to raise the debt ceiling might trend in a more favorable direction.
The U.S. economy is likely slowing down, and a recession seems likely in the 12-18 month time horizon.
Working with a skilled OCIO provider can help you position your portfolio to benefit from investment opportunities and avoid uncompensated risks.
Rising rates in today's fixed-income markets have led to more attractive bond prices and higher yields, alleviating some of the challenges facing income investors.
Many investment strategists are forecasting that the U.S. economy could experience a recession in the next year or two.