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4 Small-Cap Specialists on 2017

Small-caps had a great run in 2016, but what should investors expect from 2017? Four veteran small-cap portfolio managers share how key developments in 2016 are shaping their 2017 outlook and portfolio positioning.

Surprise!

The fourth quarter and 2016 brought several surprises to investors. Fortunately, many of those surprises were positive. The first surprise came earlier last year when the British decided to exit the Euro (Brexit). While initial market reaction was negative, the proceeding weeks that followed was a strong rally for equity investors around the world.

The Latest News in Alternative Investing

Using alternative investments allows investors to hedge against changes in the market and still see positive returns. Commodity ETFs and real estate investments offer investors options outside of traditionally “safe” investments. The rise of popularity in alternative investments has led to the acquisition of many smaller, specialized firms with specific industry knowledge that claim to understand how to best profit from the many asset classes.

On My Radar: Keep One Eye On Bonds. Keep the Other on Inflation

I hate making predictions. I got the tech wreak and sub-prime right, but was far too early on those predictions.

Media Headlines Will Lead You To Ruin

Since investors are mostly individuals that have a “day job,” the majority of their “research” comes from a daily dose of media headlines. Therefore, since the media tends to “focus” their attention on “market moving headlines,” either bullish or bearish, investors tend to “react” accordingly.

2017 Global Market Outlook

The search for investment portfolio returns is not going to get any easier in 2017 against a backdrop of record U.S. equity prices, narrow credit spreads and low bond yields.

Gundlach’s Forecast for 2017

Investors will confront excessive debt, high P/E levels and political uncertainty as they enter the Trump presidential era. In response, according to Jeffrey Gundlach, U.S.-centric portfolios should diversify globally.

2017 Commodity Outlook

While many group commodities as one asset class, in reality each commodity trades on its own fundamentals. Historic correlation between commodities has been relatively low. In this outlook we will provide an overview of our views on major commodities within each sub-category.

2017 ETF Top Trends and Insights

The Year of the Dynamic ETF With the world digesting the surprising results of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election, the team at IndexIQ has turned their thoughts to next year and their top five ETF-focused trends and insights for 2017.

Economy Ends 2016 Strongly, Liberals Gaining On Conservatives

When the Commerce Department reported on December 22 that 3Q Gross Domestic Product increased at an annual rate of 3.5%, many of us in the forecasting business wondered if that figure might be too optimistic. We also wondered whether the economy could sustain a 3+% growth rate in the 4Q.

Animal Spirits

I believe this rally was the result of animal spirits based on the notion that Trump’s pro-growth policies will support the economy. At the same time, many investors assume that growth in the economy will lead to upticks in inflation and interest rates, which—along with lighter regulations—are perceived as positive for business.

Multi-Asset Outlook 2017: More Growth, More Inflation, More Politics

Paul O’Connor, Head of Multi-Asset, reviews 2016’s lessons, and details the key themes that investors should prepare for in 2017. He explains which areas of the market look most and least appealing from a cross-asset perspective.

Outlook 2017—How Markets Work

Certain economic concepts have been a source of frustration to investors over the years. The movement of bond prices up or down to bring existing bonds in line with prevailing interest rates would be one example.

The Latest News in Capital-Growth Investing

Finding opportunities outside of traditional investments offers advisors unique ways to diversify portfolios. Crowdfunding is a way to participate in real estate investing without the traditional capital investment required. With the uncertainty of the new administration’s impact on policies, investors need to look for ways to reduce risk and increase growth.

The Key Business Trends in the Advisory Business

There are several irrefutable facts that should be informing the strategies for leaders in financial services.