Weekly Research Briefing:
Work from HammockAugust 10, 2020
It’s the second week of August, so hopefully you have an office chair set up for the month that resembles this one. In a normal year, this would be one of the quietest weeks in the markets. But with 20-30M people out of work and concerned about this month’s rent, all eyes remain on Washington D.C.READ NOW >
The New Core Allocation:
With uncertain equity markets, the potential for subdued-to-negative economic growth looming, and a bleak outlook for fixed income, advisors are challenged to rethink foundational portfolio elements of investor portfolios—which means seeking out strategies that bolster the core going forward.READ NOW >
The Math of a Big Loss
The numbers are in—and stark. An individual decides to retire after a lifetime of hard work just as the market falls. An investment portfolio subject to market returns would therefore be negatively impacted, and the potential outsized effect could come as a shock.
What is a Long/Short Equity Strategy?
Long/short equity funds make up the largest single-strategy alternative mutual fund category, but their popularity hasn’t always translated into proper placement within a portfolio. The primary benefits of long/short equity funds are often underappreciated, and worse yet, the strategy is often square-pegged into an “alternatives” allocation of a client’s asset mix where it may provide less value.READ NOW >
The Importance of Downside Protection
Investors often forget the crucial role that downside protection plays in determining long-term outcomes. In fact, the ability to pare back losses during the inevitable downturns that come with investing, as hedged equity strategies can provide, may actually matter more to the end goal than eking out every bit of a bull market’s gains.READ NOW >