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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 » 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 | Market Commentary

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 …


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