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Momentum investing — Understanding the risks

Momentum as a factor in investing decisions can be a valuable tool, but must be monitored carefully. Drawdowns can be severe if exposures are not structured mindfully.

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Constraints of convention

A 60/40 portfolio may appear to be balanced, but when viewed through a risk lens it is clear that the equity allocation comprises a disproportionate amount of the risk. By under-emphasizing equity and relying more on fixed-income, risk-balanced (“risk parity”) portfolios may deliver lower volatility — but with lower expected returns than traditional balanced portfolios.

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A very, very, very, very Black Swan?

Investors should understand the risks in their portfolio, and be cognizant that black swan events can occur much more frequently than models suggest. Risk models are extremely helpful when thinking about portfolio construction, but shouldn’t be relied upon exclusively.

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Tomorrow’s risk parity today

Reprinted with permission from CIO October 2015 ©1989-2015 Asset International, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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Emerging market debt: An end to the agony?

Capitulation by many EMD investors has created opportunities in many of the more resilient countries. We favor countries moving down the reform path and where there is significant impetus to reign in excessive government spending.

Tagged with: Commodities, Economic Policy, Emerging Markets, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing

In search of bond market liquidity

Liquidity in bond markets does not portend a crisis but does raise the risk of one as policymakers flirt with tighter monetary policy. The only sensible approach is to recognize the lack of liquidity, manage it and ensure there is proper compensation for illiquidity.

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Market volatility update

This week’s Global Perspectives focuses on market volatility with the goal of putting the recent market swings in context, helping investors keep calm and identifying potential opportunities. Summer clearance sale for high-quality growth companies by Tom Galvin, Senior Portfolio Manager

What has really changed in markets?

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Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

Leveraging a multidimensional approach

There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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Market volatility: Goldilocks in peril?

We have been in a “Goldilocks” economy, where growth was persistent, but still modest enough to be supported by central bank easing at any sign of weakness. That backdrop is changing, with stresses emanating from the emerging markets and limits to incremental central bank actions.

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Looking for sustainable momentum

We have long advocated seeking “scarce growth” in a low-growth environment, and strong growers have thrived of late. In a sense, companies with strong growth and momentum characteristics have become the defensive bets many investors are relying on to ride out today’s uncertain environment.

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