60/40 Revisited: Risk/Return Assumptions Require Imagination in Today’s Environment
Traditional expectations of the 60/40 stock and bond portfolio may be due for a rethink. From today’s yield levels, bonds simply can’t contribute to a portfolio the way they historically have. For advisors and other allocators, this could mean shifting assets away from fixed income and into alternatives if they want to preserve the same risk and return profile that the 60/40 portfolio has historically delivered.READ NOW >
Adding Alpha and Keeping Clients Invested
In the next few years, a client’s evaluation of their advisor will boil down to the professional’s ability to do two things: add alpha and keep them invested. True, these have always been core components of an advisor’s role, but in the coming years they will take on added significance. Why? It’s a function of a low-return environment, and the psychological roller coaster that is likely to unfold.READ NOW >
The Proper Role of Managed Futures in a Portfolio
Turns out while many investors think of managed futures as a hedge, that is not the point of the strategy, instead it is meant to be a source of uncorrelated returns for a portfolio. To be fair, they have historically performed fairly well in tough markets for equities, but that is not always going to be the case, nor is it the goal of the approach.READ NOW >
Choosing a Managed Futures Fund
If you are invested in managed futures, you know how difficult the past decade has been. Low interest rates, low volatility and the lack of significant trends have led to muted returns. However, it has not changed the historical profile of the strategy i.e., being additive as an uncorrelated component of an investor portfolio.
The Importance of Downside Protection
The ability to pare back losses during the inevitable downturns that come with investing, may actually matter more to the end goal than eking out every bit of a bull market’s gains. As the current U.S. equity bull market continues—the longest run ever—the importance of mitigating loss is worth remembering.
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