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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...

Capitalizing on niches

The combination of niche targeting and active portfolio management provides many advisors with a competitive edge. Advisors who endorse active portfolio management are already carving out a distinctive niche for themselves in the wealth-management...

The coming transformation of technical analysis

While technical analysis has its roots in practices thousands of years old, advances in technology, behavioral psychology, and artificial intelligence will lead the next transformation of the discipline. Origins of technical analysis Technical analysis...

Are index funds the next market ‘bubble’?

While bear markets are inevitable, will their impact be exacerbated by the growth of passive index funds—and the accompanying “madness of crowds”? One of the fun aspects of having children is re-exposure to some great kid-friendly literature. In a...

6 misconceptions about alternative investments

Alternative strategies provide a valuable tool to help investors manage risk in their investment portfolios, but this growing investment category is often misunderstood. The investment category of alternative investments is perhaps one of the most...

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...

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...

The ins and outs of event-driven ETFs

Event-driven investing strategies have been around for decades. These strategies attempt to profit from market inefficiencies that often occur in conjunction with various corporate events such as mergers, acquisitions, spin-offs, stock splits, buybacks,...

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...