The Factor-Based Investing Channel

Finding Value Globally Across Asset Classes

Jae S. Yoon is the chief investment officer and a portfolio manager at New York Life Investment Management, where he oversees approximately $293 billion in assets. In this interview, he discusses valuations across global asset classes and where he sees the greatest opportunities.

Getting More From Your Equity Allocation

How can equity investors address the triple threat of a low return environment, scarcity of alpha and the tendency to chase performance?

Jack Bogle on the Limits of the Fiduciary Rule and the Future of the Advisory Industry

Speaking two weeks after his 88th birthday, Jack Bogle called the fiduciary rule “silly” and said that financial advisors’ fees are heading lower. Indeed, he said, advisors are destined to charge hourly or retainer fees, like lawyers and accountants.

Keep Your Eyes on the Credit Markets, Not Washington

With political uncertainty on the rise in D.C., will market volatility spike? Russ discusses why the economy and credit markets matter more.

Reflections on Trade: Part IV

This is the final report of our four-part series on trade. This week, our discussion on trade continues with a look at the relationship between trade, employment and inflation. We also conclude the series with market ramifications.

Gimme Three Steps … and a Stumble?

"Three steps and a stumble" was first illustrated by Edson Gould, the legendary market technician from the 1930s through the 1970s. Ultimately the baton was passed from Gould to another legendary market analyst (and my mentor/boss for my first 13 years in this business), Marty Zweig, who incorporated the "rule" into his monetary policy indicator.

Can Smart Beta think (twice)?

Recent introductions of multi-factor Smart Beta products demonstrate causality among its components and an ability to replicate past future pricing. Unclear is the extent to which Smart Beta adequately discerns the directional value of securities at points of inflection to consistently outperform allocated Beta, Index-plus or Alpha portfolio strategies.

And If You Try Sometimes…

Following the election, stock market participants gained optimism on the view that the new administration would push through a reduction in regulations, sharply boost infrastructure spending, and achieve broad tax reform.

The Best Fund Managers – As Voted by their Peers

Today’s indexing mania is driving the marketing people at the best active fund complexes completely crazy, but the top portfolio managers – that is, the people who really, truly enjoy investing – are seeing a lot of new opportunities.

The Benefits of Active Municipal Bond Management

Robert DiMella is an executive managing director and co-head of MacKay Municipal Managers team, overseeing approximately $20 billion in municipal bond assets. In this interview, he discusses the opportunities for muni bond investors and the outlook for the coming year.

The Great Reset: How Should We Then Invest?

This letter will cover the philosophical underpinnings of my thinking. I’ll also introduce some investment tools (which I will give you access to through a link later on in the letter) that express that philosophy, but you could also design a different answer that fits your own (or your client’s) portfolio construction.

S&P 500 Snapshot: Down 0.38% From Last Week

The S&P opened Friday below Thursday's close and rose until about midday when it leveled off. It closed with a 0.68% daily gain and a 0.38% weekly loss after Wednesday's largest daily loss since September.

The Active versus Passive Performance Debate Is Nonsensical

One of the most hotly contested debates in finance is the argument over which is better – active or passive investing. Moreover, this debate has spurred numerous academic studies that claim to identify whether passive outperforms active investing or vice versa.

ESG in Action: Evaluating European Utilities

Why understanding Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) factors is critical for credit analysis of European utilities.

ECRI Weekly Leading Index: WLI Growth Index Continues Decline

Today's release of the publicly available data from ECRI puts its Weekly Leading Index (WLI) at 144.5, down 0.2 from the previous week. Year-over-year the four-week moving average of the indicator is now at 6.25%, up from 6.16% the previous week. The WLI Growth indicator is now at 5.0, down from the previous week and has been declining for 14 consecutive weeks.