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An up-close look at topics with current relevance to the field of active investment management. Investment fund managers, financial strategists, research analysts, financial advisors, and professional journalists examine topical active management issues, best practices for risk management within separately managed accounts, research findings, and new industry developments.

Explaining the (mis)behavior of markets

Does fractal mathematics offer a better way to understand market risk? The traditional test of understanding how something works is to take it apart and then rebuild it. If the clock still keeps time afterward, there is a good likelihood that the...

How to take a financial punch

Like a heavyweight title fight, investment plans have a beginning, a middle, and an end. Do your clients’ plans have the dynamic risk-managed strategies and true diversification needed to take the financial punch that markets will inevitably deliver?...

The risks of bond ‘buy and hold’

Employing “true” diversification and a dynamic, actively managed portfolio approach may help advisors and their clients successfully navigate a lower-return market environment. As investors, many of us have traditionally been taught that bonds and other...

The financial and investment impact of divorce

Why the role of financial risk management may become even more critical as divorced couples face emotional, lifestyle, and financial stress and change. In both life and investing, it is common to believe that existing or recent facts will continue...

Low volatility—high returns?

What offers a better opportunity for investment returns: low-volatility or high-volatility markets? It doesn’t seem possible that low-volatility markets might deliver better returns than the converse of more alpha being delivered in volatile markets. It...

Should clients really want to beat the market?

What does it take to “beat the market”? Is it more important to deliver value to clients in terms of risk-adjusted returns? Proponents of active management have been somewhat on the defensive over the past several years. With relatively strong stock...

Advisors prefer active management

Several studies assess advisor attitudes around portfolio management and risk mitigation for clients—showing a continued preference for actively managed strategies. Editor’s note: This article first published in our magazine in October 2015, but...

Risky business

How can advisors build a more meaningful investor behavioral profile? The long-lasting effects of the Great Recession It is hardly news that many investors remain permanently scarred by the credit crisis of 2007 to 2009. Many research studies since have...

The case for managed futures in active strategies

Why managed futures—an often misunderstood tactical tool—can play an important role in portfolio construction, either as a stand-alone strategy or as a key strategic element. During my three decades of experience in using managed futures in active...

Mutt vs. purebred: How should you invest?

Can lessons learned from our canine friends provide a better understanding of the characteristics of effective portfolio diversification? My wife and I have always been dog people. We’ve never owned cats, although we love to play with those of friends...

No investment crystal ball needed

Realistically estimating strategy performance through stochastic models. Money managers have a tough job. They need to raise capital, build and maintain client relationships, keep in compliance of regulations, and then actually manage investments. All...

Not all investment returns are created equal

Understanding the important differences between absolute return, total return, and relative return. The financial media has spent quite a bit of time during the current bull market reporting on the “underperformance” of actively managed funds. While the...