Considering investment outsourcing? Our CFO weighs in on key and peripheral issues to contemplate.
What steps are needed to help build a successful portfolio? One of our divisional directors shares his perspective.
As the clock ticks toward 2020, the overall economic picture remains muddled. Ongoing trade tensions and slumping global growth have cast a cloud of uncertainty over the globe, and forward-looking return expectations continue to look less than impressive.
Nearly every aspect of the advisory industry is undergoing some form of transformation today—spelling an opportunity for those advisors who are committed to continuously evolving their approach.
Throughout the year we asked leading bond and currency managers to consider valuations, expectations and outlooks for the coming months.
The news media, bank executives, the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) chairman and even presidential candidates have made remarks about the recent spike in short-term funding rates. What caused the spike and why is it important?
The U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) cut interest rates again—its third such move in as many meetings—lowering its benchmark rate to a target range of 1.50% to 1.75%.
Among the 20 largest US-listed corporate DB sponsors, General Electric Company ended 2018 with the third lowest funded ratio at 75.6%.¹ This is a precipitous decline from 2007, when their funded ratio was the third highest among this group at 129.1%. Over that time period – when the average funded ratio dropped about 20 percentage points - GE's dropped by over 50 percentage points.¹ How did this happen?
Are equity managers reconsidering their exposure to more expensive growth stocks? Check out the latest insights from our manager research team.
If you’re committed to helping your clients achieve their financial outcomes, don’t avoid discussing taxes.
Quitting tobacco is good for your health. But how is it for your portfolio?
The United Nations-supported PRI has made strides in changing the global attitude to responsible investing.
Amid ongoing trade tensions and slumping growth worldwide, the global macroeconomics and geopolitical outlook remains highly uncertain—suggesting that an environment of low rates, sluggish growth and high valuations may linger well into 2020.
Learn the potential benefits of a harmonized investment approach to your organization's DB and DC plans.
Is home-country bias limiting your portfolio’s (future) potential? Here's why we believe global diversification should be an integral part of an investor’s portfolio.
Heading into the fourth quarter, our outlook remains cautious as markets continue to grapple with both trade and Brexit uncertainty.
The Fed lowered interest rates for the second time this year at the conclusion of its FOMC meeting. Is another cut possible before year-end?
An industry veteran—and slacker—shares his perspective on reaching and communicating with Generation X clients.
While the clear majority of mutual funds provide daily liquidity, it's not guaranteed. This is why understanding the potential risks to liquidity is key.
Why listed infrastructure? Let’s follow the logic chain: Equity-market volatility, low fixed-income yields and increased economic uncertainty all stand as potential stumbling blocks that threaten to derail even the best-laid of plans.
Taxes are going to cost you a lot this year. By how much, you're wondering? Let’s start first by looking back.
The importance of environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors in investment decisions continues to grow exponentially—to the point where an understanding of ESG now appears critical to carrying out a skillful investment process.
What’s the difference between a tax-aware, tax-efficient or tax-managed approach to investing? See why it matters and why we believe managing for taxes can make a difference for investors.
As China embarks on a transition to a more consumption-based economy, its health is likely to have an increasing impact on the well-being of the global economy.
While cash can be comforting, it may come at a cost to an investor’s ending wealth.
How much longer could America's record-setting economic expansion continue?
The concept of diversification is nothing new for investors. The adage “don’t put your eggs in one basket” simply states why diversification is vital. There are several potential benefits of a diversified multi-asset investment portfolio, and one of the most important is to reduce concentration risk.
Forget the either/or. When it comes to investing your hard-earned money for retirement, wouldn’t you want as many options as possible?
Planning has become table stakes in our industry, but I say that with a note of caution. When a financial plan feels like a box-checking exercise, it can be seen as a commodity. When you position your own planning process to your clients, be intentional.
This is the longest U.S. economic expansion ever. And while expansions don’t die of old age, it’s prudent for investors and central bankers to think now about the potential consequences of the next global recession.
In Part 2, Global Chief Investment Officer Pete Gunning drills further into the details behind our overlays, and the value we see in harnessing investment insights from our managers.
Global growth is slowing. Corporate profits are shrinking. Business investment is waning. And the seemingly-perpetual bull market, buoyed by the longest U.S. expansion on record as evidenced by the S&P 500, may be entering its final stages.
An escalating China-U.S. trade war sent stocks reeling, as markets weighed potential impacts to U.S. consumer spending, corporate earnings and job growth.
The Fed lowered its benchmark interest rate for the first time in over a decade today, but stocks still moved lower. Why?
Under today’s current market conditions, real assets may provide an opportunity for portfolio diversification and growth.
How did active equity managers fare during Q2? Check out the latest insights from our manager research team.
Our annual summer reading list, with a twist: Our top 3 books on counterintuitive thinking.
Looking to grow revenue? Your greatest opportunity may exist within your own book of business.
Let’s cut to the conclusion: Does an ESG-related mandate require a performance hit? No.
The technology sector has helped fuel one of the longest economic expansions in the history of the United States. It’s worth looking back to the late 1990s to recognize what expectations were created for the tech sector and better understand where we are today.
This is the third in a series of posts focusing on the formula of advisor value. Here we discuss the cost of basic investment-only management—which is not only worthwhile, but necessary. Yet it should also be a warning sign if your value proposition is based solely on your investment management prowess.
Our latest survey of global fixed income investment firms reveals conflicting viewpoints between interest-rate managers and credit managers on growth expectations and risk assets.
An escalation in trade-war tensions between China and the U.S. has sparked a slowdown in global growth and a yield-curve inversion. Could global central bank easing and China stimulus turn the tide?
On the latest edition of Market Week in Review, Quantitative Investment Strategist Dr. Kara Ng and Rob Cittadini, director, Americas institutional, discussed the recent rise in markets, deteriorating economic data and newfound optimism surrounding the China-U.S. trade war.
The U.S. central bank left interest rates unchanged at the conclusion of its June meeting, but signaled it may lower borrowing costs next month.
This is the second in a series of posts focusing on the formula of advisor value. In this post, we tackle the behavioral mistakes that investors typically make. Addressing the investment behavior of your clients may be the greatest value you provide.
Here’s how you can slay the tax beast and help your clients minimize the impact of taxes.
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3 reasons why we believe private markets are an attractive alternative.
The disconnect between retirement confidence and preparation—and 3 simple ways advisors can make a difference.