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Vantage » Research Note - September 2016

August 29, 2016 | Market Commentary

Once again equity markets have demonstrated their ability to bounce back from a flare up in volatility. The market shock from the unexpected victory for the “Leave” camp in the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in the European Union has faded, and the VIX is once again near multi-year …

Markets & Economy » Digital Trends Driving Opportunity

June 02, 2016 | Investment Themes

The internet has evolved into the primary source of information for all of society and is quickly becoming the foundation for voice, video, and data communications. Not only does the internet provide an alternative means to distribute and repurpose content, but the massive adoption of the …

Markets & Economy » China: Should investors run for the exit?

August 12, 2015 | Emerging Markets

Chinese equity markets experienced unprecedented growth in the trailing 12 months ended May, with major equity indices returning more than 125%. Come June, however, cracks began forming, and some investors were left holding the bag. After peaking in mid-June, China’s major equity indices had …

Markets & Economy » Share Buybacks in Today’s U.S. Equities Environment

July 13, 2015 | Investment Themes

S&P 500 companies announced a record $133 billion in share buybacks in April, furthering a trend that has provided support to U.S. equity markets in recent years. The surge in companies buying back their own stock is getting a lot of attention these days. It seems normal for those in the …

Markets & Economy » Disruptive Innovation: The New Normal

October 13, 2014 | Investment Themes

The current economic and market environment is not one in which a rising tide of economic growth will lift all ships; actually, it’s quite the opposite. As businesses compete, the winners will largely succeed at the expense of the losers. Consider recent examples such as Nokia and BlackBerry; …

Markets & Economy » Cyclically Adjusted Price to Earnings: Are U.S. Stocks Overvalued?

July 02, 2014 | Domestic Markets

The 2013 stock market rally was largely driven by rising valuation multiples. Weak economic growth coupled with healthy profit margins meant business fundamentals such as revenues and earnings barely budged as stock prices advanced. Today, some absolute valuation measures reflect varying degrees …

Library » Why Asset Class Diversification is Important

April 16, 2014 | Active Management

One of the most effective risk management tools available to investors is diversification across multiple asset classes (e.g., stocks, bonds, and cash). A portfolio’s distribution across various asset classes is referred to as the portfolio’s asset allocation. Academic studies have shown that …

Library » Why Managing Capital Risk Is Important

April 14, 2014 | Active Management

While risk is often defined by various statistics, the broadest definition of risk to investors is failing to achieve one’s investment objectives. There are three basic portfolio risks that can prevent an investor from reaching his/her goals: Capital Risk - the possibility of sustained …


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