Private investment funds often are marketed as a cure-all to low interest rates and equities market volatility.
Private investment funds that invest in illiquid assets such as mortgages, corporate loans, real estate and private companies are growing in popularity. Low interest rates have dulled the appeal of investment-grade bonds, the traditional portfolio stabilizer, while nerve-racking volatility has left many investors disenchanted with stocks, the classic source of higher returns. Read more >
The fourth quarter of 2018 featured a bruising October followed by a muted November recovery that only served as a fleeting pause before a deep market selloff capped off the year. Read more>
With the U.S. stock market hitting all time highs, a question you may be asking yourself is, how should I be feeling about that? Phrased another way, how common are market highs? Are they extremely rare and should I be panicking or are they pretty much par for the course?
To try and answer these questions we must put market highs into historical context. Read more >
Momentum is dead. At least that’s what several studies published in the first half of this decade suggested. Back then, momentum – the well-documented tendency of stocks that have outperformed over the past three to 12 months to continue to outperform for a short period – was no longer generating excess returns reliably. Read more >
Today, retirees are rightly concerned with the risk exposure of their portfolios. Therefore, financial advisors appropriately spend considerable time designing portfolios that meet their clients’ downside risk tolerances. Read more >
Today’s low interest rates and high stock valuations translate into modest expected future returns. At a time of increasing longevity, this situation creates a formidable challenge to financial advisors assisting their clients in retirement planning. Read more >
Global synchronized growth, combined with muted inflation and low interest rates, propelled stocks to new highs in 2017. Read more >
For many years, Canada’s stock market was a proxy for emerging-market equities. In both markets, energy and materials have played an outsized role. Read more >
Active share – a measurement of the degree to which an active portfolio manager’s portfolio varies from its benchmark index – has become one of the most popular metrics in the investment industry. Read more >
As financial advisors pour billions of dollars into index-based ETFs, the use of active managers in portfolio construction increasingly comes under question. Read more >
There is an adage from Wall Street’s early days: “Valuation helps define risk, but it doesn’t help with timing.” Brokers learned eons ago that simply because a stock is cheap or expensive says nothing about its short-term price direction. Read more >
Several academic studies have determined that investors’ future return expectations are heavily influenced by recent performance. With the Canadian stock market delivering an exceptional 21.2% in 2016 and the U.S. market up 17.4% annually over the past three years, many investors are likely ratcheting up their return expectations. Read more >
In the U.S., actively managed domestic equity mutual funds have suffered nine years of consecutive outflows as investors have poured money into index domestic equity mutual funds and ETFs. The contrast is glaring – from 2007-15, US$835 billion exited actively managed domestic equity mutual funds while $1.2 trillion flooded into index domestic equity mutual funds and ETFs. Read more >