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Markets & Economy » Volatility Awakens

February 06, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave up more than 1,100 points yesterday in its largest one-day point decline on record. The S&P 500 dropped 4.1% for the day, and the CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index more than doubled. The downward move in equities began early last week, and the selloff …

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 …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Documentation: A Simple Step to Strengthen Fiduciary Oversight

May 19, 2017 | Investment Themes

Documentation is a simple but often overlooked aspect of a successful endowment or foundation. Not only is it a way to record processes and procedures, but it’s also closely related to the duties of care and obedience that each fiduciary in an organization is bound to. It’s important for …

Library » Featured Product: Manning & Napier Fund, Inc. Strategic Income Series

April 11, 2017 | Active Management

Today’s environment has become increasingly challenging for investors that are reliant on income generation. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations for both fixed income and equity securities have become less compelling, forward return expectations are relatively …

Nicholas Cintineo, CFA®, CIPM®

Senior Investment Consultant

Endowments & Foundations » Considerations for Balancing Investment Goals

April 04, 2017 | Investment Themes

There are three main objectives to think about when establishing an investment approach for your endowment or foundation. Investment income (think interest payments from bonds and dividends from stocks) can provide a steady stream of funding to help support ongoing withdrawals Capital growth …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » Fed Raises Rates: Implications for Fixed Income Investors

December 23, 2016 | Fixed Income

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to increase the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points last week, moving the target range from 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. This is the second rate hike in over a decade; the federal funds target rate was last raised in December 2015, …

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 …

Library » Target Date Fund Glide Path Evaluation: What Really Matters?

October 12, 2016 | Retirement Plans

The target date fund (TDF) universe continues to expand, providing plan fiduciaries with more options to consider. This offers greater opportunity to select a suite of TDFs that closely aligns with a plan’s specific needs, but also increases the time and energy plan fiduciaries devote to gaining …

Markets & Economy » “Go for Growth” Still a Sound Strategy in Today’s Market

May 18, 2016 | Investment Themes

Stocks perceived as mitigating the effects of market volatility were popular among investors in the first quarter. Big swings in equity markets drove a flight to quality that benefitted dividend-paying sectors such as Utilities and Telecommunication Services (which were the two best- …


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