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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...

5 top concerns faced by financial advisors in 2016

Financial advisors greeted 2016 in a relatively upbeat mood—what are they thinking about now? Though we still have several important months to go, 2016 has already been a remarkable year on several fronts: The worst post–WW II start ever for the U.S....

Investing in election-year markets

Presidential election years are unique, and this election year is shaping up to be like no other. The impact of elections on markets and investor portfolios can be significant. Here we take a historical look at how markets have behaved during these...

The case for mechanical trading strategies

When it comes to implementing trading strategies, there are many compelling reasons to rely on computers rather than human discretion. Computers have been used in the investment business for more than 40 years. Initially, fund managers used computers...

Why goals-based investing makes sense

Financial advisors and investment managers use 21st-century tools to help clients achieve “real” investment success. Financial advisors who use fee-based managed accounts can more effectively help clients meet their investment objectives if they...

The volatility cycle

Are lower-risk portfolios with higher returns really too good to be true? More risk equals more return. Less risk equals less return. These are the commandments of the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), taught to first-year business students all around...

Possible cure for the summertime blues

June, July, and August will be upon us soon. Yep, the dreaded summer months that historically elicit the chant “sell in May and go away” each year. For most equity indexes, this advice has usually been true for more than 50 years. But, there are certain...