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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 …

Library » Active Management in the Current Market Environment

May 21, 2015 | Active Management

The Current Market Environment 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. As Table 1 …

Library » 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.

Library » Balancing Risk Management and Tax Management

May 06, 2015 | Wealth Management

Benjamin Franklin famously said that there is nothing certain in this world except death and taxes. A common perception is that taxes are currently too high, too complex, and therefore require a high level of annual planning. Furthermore, income and realized gains from Manning & Napier’s taxable …

Library » Are Active Managers Doing Their Job?

March 25, 2015 | Active Management

Introduction 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 …

Vantage » Emerging Markets Investing

March 17, 2015 | Emerging Markets

The long-term growth prospects in many of the world’s developing economies are extraordinary, even more compelling when compared to the slow growth of the developed world. The consumer markets in many of these countries are large with rapidly expanding middle-class populations that are seeing …

Library » Modern Portfolio Theory: Expectation vs. Reality

November 26, 2014 | Active Management

MPT Background Academic studies have shown that the asset allocation decision accounts for a meaningful portion of long-term portfolio returns1. As such, the asset allocation decision remains the central element of portfolio construction in the investment industry today. While there are numerous …

Library » Constructing Performance Benchmarks for Life Cycle Options

September 10, 2014 | Retirement Plans

Introduction Active multiple asset class managers generally employ relatively flexible investment mandates, allowing them to invest in a variety of asset classes in varying degrees based on changing market conditions. Performance benchmarks must reflect both the overall asset allocation ranges …

Library » Evaluating the Merits of Active Management

September 08, 2014 | Active Management

Introduction The decision between active or passive management remains one of the highly debated topics in investment management today. Often, the discussion centers on the theoretical ability of a manager to outperform a benchmark. Proponents of passive management often believe that equity …


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