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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.

Why it’s smart to focus on female clients

Women have enormous power in the economic and investment landscape, but their financial needs are often underserved by financial advisors—which is why it’s smart to actively court female clients. In fact, some financial advisors even make a niche out of...

One way to beat the market

A dynamic, risk-managed investing approach can help minimize the downside in bear markets. That goes a long way toward ‘beating the market’ through full market cycles. Reading Dr. Edward Thorp’s 1967 book “Beat the Market” in the summer of 1968 changed...

A more efficient (and profitable) frontier

Why active management makes optimal portfolios easier to create In his 2011 best seller titled “Thinking, Fast and Slow,” Nobel Prize–winning author Daniel Kahneman explains how people form opinions from complex information, saying, “It is the...

Are business cycles still meaningful?

Business cycles—and investment assets—will invariably revert to the mean given a long enough period of time. Though behaviorally difficult at times for clients, advisors need to advocate sticking to a long-term game plan of dynamic, risk-managed...

What is risk really all about?

When we invest, we can’t know the future or get a do-over. Dynamic, risk-managed strategies can help client portfolios be more responsive to changing market environments. Investors are so different. They pursue different goals. They react differently to...

Agility drills for client investment portfolios

Are your clients invested with enough “agility” to mitigate the risk of large drawdowns during severe market declines? Football season is in full swing, and all of the fanatics out there (myself included) have been treated to a season with plenty of...

Retirees’ oncoming financial tsunami

It is different this time: The impact of demographics on sequence-of-returns issues. It isn’t a question of if the next bear market will occur, but when. But this one will be different. It has the potential to be a financial superstorm. Like all major...

Can lower returns lead to more money in retirement?

The impact of sequencing and volatility on portfolio value. Returns, risk, pricing models, optimal portfolio construction—there are so many facets of effective investing and portfolio management. As busy as most of us are, who has time to really dig in...

The behavioral side of goals-based investing

As the advisory profession moves further into goals-based wealth management, advisors should prepare themselves for more frequent forays into behavioral psychology and human social behavior. For nearly half a century, financial-planning and...

Why proactive money management makes sense for clients

When it comes to managing money, focus first on risk management, defending a portfolio from losses. This doesn’t mean being overly conservative—but a great offense without an equally great defense achieves little for clients in the long run. We all have...