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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...

Understanding ‘crisis correlation risk’

It is widely accepted that a diversified portfolio is less prone to suffer large drawdowns than a portfolio that shows high concentration. But few investors realize that simple diversification among asset classes is not enough. During times of stress,...

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...

Enhancing actively managed strategies

Exploring rules-based enhancements for improving returns when invested in risk assets. The goal of active investment management is compelling. Capturing more of an asset class’s upside than its downside is an investment recipe for success. In a simple...

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...

Keeping portfolio risk under control

Understanding the tools to better manage portfolio risk throughout different market, volatility, and economic regimes. One major gripe of mine is that some portfolio strategists who consider themselves to be risk managers are effectively just risk...

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...