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Library » Webinar: How Much Is Active Management Worth?

March 29, 2018 | Retirement Plans

  Documenting the reasonableness of 401(k) investment options has never been so difficult or so important. Today’s unique market environment, participant risk tolerance, and risk capacity creates new fiduciary risk. in this webinar, we discuss prudent approaches to evaluating …

Library » March 2018 Perspective

March 02, 2018 | Market Commentary

Equity Volatility Returns The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered two declines of over 1000 points in early February as inflation fears led to a spike in market volatility. This marked the first correction (a decline of at least 10% from a recent high) for US equities in over two years. While …

Library » February 2018 Perspective

February 08, 2018 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy US stocks began 2018 right where they left off, marching steadily higher. The synchronized global expansion persisted into the New Year, aiding US economic growth and supporting equity prices. Rising corporate earnings, tax reform, and elevated investor sentiment have each also …

Markets & Economy » Would You Buy This Smart Beta Strategy?

December 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Smart beta investing strategies are on a roll. As one of the fastest growing exchange-traded fund (ETF) categories, there are now nearly 700 available in the market. With the number of smart beta ETFs increasing every year, their surging popularity is grabbing investor attention as the approach …

Vantage » Research Note - April 2017

April 21, 2017 | Market Commentary

In the early 1700s, one of the most popular stocks in England was that of the South Sea Company, which traded goods in the Americas and other parts of the world. With European overseas expansion in full swing, these types of companies appealed to many investors, including one-Sir Isaac Newton. …

Markets & Economy » REITs: Can the Best Performing Asset Class Maintain its Crown?

April 03, 2017 | Investment Themes

Since the U.S. recession ended in 2009, the real estate sector has outperformed the broader equity market. The MSCI US REIT Index has returned over 20% on an annualized basis versus the S&P 500’s 15% return. Further, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been the best performing asset …

Library » Building and Interpreting Custom Investment Benchmarks

August 22, 2016 | Active Management

Introduction From simple beginnings, the investment benchmark has become a de-facto aspect of most investment programs today. There are many types of benchmarks, but the most widely accepted version uses passive market indices as standards of performance measurement and points of comparison for …

Library » Free Cash Flow and Dividends: How A Focus On Yield Can Help Investors Provide for Today and Prepare for Tomorrow

April 12, 2016 | Active Management

A Fundamental Investor Problem Most institutional and individual investors have multiple goals or objectives related to the investment of their assets. Among the many different objectives that investors might pursue, meeting current cash flow needs and providing adequate capital growth for the …

Markets & Economy » Addressing Long-Term Goals During Short-Term Volatility

January 26, 2016 | Market Commentary

Assumptions about future returns are made every day by a wide variety of investors. These assumptions are often based on annualized returns that can mask tremendous amounts of performance variation. For instance, a simple blended portfolio consisting of 55% U.S. Large Cap stocks and 45% …


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