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Endowments & Foundations » Webinar: A Closer Look at Spending for Endowments & Foundations

March 01, 2018 | Investment Themes

  When it comes to spending, different stakeholders might see endowments or foundations in radically different lights. These varying perspectives can have a major impact on your organization’s investments, policies, and fundraising. We review each of these perspectives in detail, …

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 …

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 » 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 …

Endowments & Foundations » Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities for Endowments & Foundations in 2016

December 29, 2015 | Investment Themes

Income scarcity in a low interest rate environment and drops in donor retention rates, are two examples of the challenges facing endowments & foundations in 2016. Nicholas Cintineo, Senior Investment Consultant, and James Ebenhoch, Endowment/Foundation Consultant, discuss our investment outlook and …

Endowments & Foundations » Managing Spending Needs in Today’s Low Interest Rate Environment

July 20, 2015 | Wealth Management

Introduction For many investors, the need for current income to support spending needs is a primary investment objective. For example, investors that may place a priority on maintaining stability of current income needs include: High net worth investors in or near retirement Endowment/ …

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 …


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