Second Quarter 2017 International Perspective

July 20, 2017 | International Markets

Rising corporate profits, a generally improved global economic backdrop, and continued support from central banks sent equities higher across the globe during the second quarter. International equity markets delivered another strong quarter of returns during the April through June period, and have generated approximately 14% year-to-date.

July 2017 Perspective

July 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

Growth stocks have had a great start to 2017. As the post-election euphoria wore off, the outperformance of value names and other cyclical sectors gave way to renewed investor interest in companies with capacity to generate their own growth in a slow growth world.

Semi-Annual Outlook

June 26, 2017 | Active Management

As we enter the second half of 2017, we provide our view of what to expect in global financial markets, and highlight how active management may help navigate the current market environment.

Markets & Economy » 2017 Could be the Year of the Active Manager

February 10, 2017 | Active Management

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With the value of active management called into question in recent years, we are compelled to consider our history to see what we might be able to glean about the reality of today’s environment.

Vantage » Research Note - December 2016

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

Does the election of Donald Trump plus a Republican majority in the House and Senate equal a change in our economic overview? We look beyond the splashy headlines to contemplate this question in our new Research Note.

Markets & Economy » These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and Industrial stocks.

Does Indexing Meet Investor Objectives?

June 04, 2015 | Active Management

As investment performance data gets released at the end of each calendar quarter, the financial press is inevitably filled with stories comparing the performance of active managers versus market indices.

Markets & Economy » Evaluating Active Managers: The Benefits of Being Different

May 27, 2015 | Active Management

Gaining a better understanding of active management in today’s evolving and sometimes volatile investment environment begins with a simple point: Not all active managers are alike. Since the market downturn of 2008, there has been a reappearance in industry dialogue of the claim that...

Active Management in the Current Market Environment

May 21, 2015 | Active Management

Evaluating performance of active equity managers versus market indices since the start of the current bull market (03/01/2009) or even the start of the last market downturn (11/01/2007) leads to a relatively unfavorable conclusion for active managers.

Active vs. Passive Management on Wisdom Wealth Radio

May 13, 2015 | Active Management

Recently, our Portfolio Strategist, Darin Leone, sat down to speak with Scott Lucas of Lucas Financial Services, to discuss active vs. passive management and where we see opportunities in the market today. Listen to their conversation on Wisdom Wealth Radio, 98.9 FM, Columbus.

Are Active Managers Doing Their Job?

March 25, 2015 | Active Management

Since the market downturn of 2008, active equity managers have come under fire. Not only did many of these managers fail to provide meaningful downside risk management relative to market indices during the credit crisis, but most have failed to keep up with their benchmarks as the markets...

Defining a Market Cycle

December 05, 2014 | Market Commentary

Performance measurement is one of the most discussed topics in the investment industry. For example, if an investment has strong returns over the past 12 months, is it a good investment? What if returns are attractive over three, five, or ten years?

Modern Portfolio Theory: Expectation vs. Reality

November 26, 2014 | Active Management

Academic studies have shown that the asset allocation decision accounts for a meaningful portion of long-term portfolio returns. As such, the asset allocation decision remains the central element of portfolio construction in the investment industry today.

Why a Coordinated Portfolio Management Structure is Important

April 29, 2014 | Active Management

Portfolio Management Structure refers to the basic issues related to setting up and maintaining an investment portfolio. The key issues to consider when evaluating a portfolio’s management structure include...

Navigating the Hazards of Risk Measurement

May 20, 2012 | Active Management

For years, investors have universally accepted that risk and return are inherently two sides to the same coin. You cannot have return without risk. However, while investment returns are obvious; investment risk is much more subtle.