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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...

The benefits of simplicity

The principles of Occam’s razor offer insights for investors, investment managers, and strategists “There never was a sounder logical maxim of scientific procedure than Ockham’s razor: Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. That is to...

Now’s the time for value

John P. Reese is co-founder of Validea Capital Management. He is the manager of Validea Capital’s active equity ETF and separate accounts, and the subadvisor to the Consensus Funds in Canada. John is the author of “The Guru Investor: How to Beat the...

Why smart clients do dumb things

Highly intelligent people are often susceptible to making poor investing decisions—behavioral research offers some clues why History books are full of examples of faulty thinking by some of the most intelligent people of their time. News articles remind...

Attracting the right successor

Do philosophies matter more than numbers when finding the right successor? Years—perhaps even decades—before owners of independent advisory firms near retirement, they should be thinking of a succession plan. While advisors have many options—including...

Impact: The next stage of
 sustainable investing

Investing in solutions-oriented companies confronting global sustainability challenges. Investing is no longer about style boxes. In the period ahead, it will increasingly be about goals, and about solutions. It will not be just about equities versus...

Why outsource investment management?

Trust Advisor’s 2015 guide to America’s best TAMPs offers compelling reasons. Proactive Advisor Magazine recently took a look through the eyes of a successful Washington-based financial advisor at a key question for all independent advisors: “Separate?...

Separate? separately managed? or both?

Some advisors have an ingrained resistance to using separately managed accounts—but it doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing proposition. There are perhaps as many styles of investment management as there are people in the financial services...