The Mutual Funds Channel

Center Stage…

While politics and the new government's agenda is still very much in the news, investor interest last week shifted to the bigger picture.

Lost & Found: Fixed Income Purchase Premiums on Maturing Bonds

Why worry about paying a premium for bonds? While cash flows may differ, income from premium and par bonds is equivalent, all other variables being equal. Purchase premiums aren’t lost when the bonds mature.

Our Place in This World

At a recent industry conference, we were confronted by a chart, a presentation and a song. In early 2017, we find ourselves in an investment world where the merit of stock picking and "active" portfolio management are challenged regularly, which has contributed to a mass exodus of assets from "active" funds to low-cost index portfolios.

A New Queen Bee?!

Something similar to this “new queen bee” story is happening now. The “old queen” has been the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. The “new queen” appears to be the White House and fiscal policy.

Gold Gets a Shot in the Arm from Inflation and China

Inflation just got another jolt, rising as much as 2.5 percent year-over-year in January, the highest such rate since March 2012. Led by higher gasoline, rent and health care costs, consumer prices have now advanced for the sixth straight month. In addition, January is the second straight month for rates to be above the Federal Reserve’s target of 2 percent.

Weekly Market Summary

US equities continue to make new all-time highs each week, supported by strong equity fund inflows and macro data that has exceeded expectations. Surprisingly, equities outside the US are actually outperforming the S&P. The current trend is very extended and there are four notable headwinds that may impact equities in the weeks ahead. There is, conversely, a favorable set up in the bond market.

Big Winners in the Neglected Frontier Universe

Frontier markets were mixed in 2016, with most of the Middle East and Africa lagging the rest of the universe and a few mar­kets surging ahead 30-40% on the year.

Why European High-Yield ETFs Don’t Deliver

There’s value and opportunity in European high-yield bonds today. But if you’re considering using an exchange-traded fund (ETF) to tap into the market, you may want to think again.

India's Pragmatic Populism

Demonetization, "Operation Clean Money," central bank surprises, and a populist budget that also exhibits fiscal consolidation? Negative foreign investor equity flows, and India's stock market is up?

What's in Your ETF Portfolio?

ETFs continue to play a highly disruptive role in money management. RBA has embraced this trend by employing what we refer to as Pactive™ Management, which is the active allocation, whether strategic or tactical, of passive investment instruments such as ETFs, stock baskets, and index funds. These Pactive™ portfolios have quickly become the fastest growing part of our business.

The Myth Of The “Passive Indexing” Revolution

There is little argument that Exchange Traded Funds, more commonly referred to as “ETF’s” have and will continue to change the landscape of investing.

More Senior Than What? Potential Risks in Senior Bank Loans

Floating rate bank loans, which are typically the most senior debt in an issuer’s capital structure, have traditionally been considered more resilient than high yield bonds in the event of default.

Trump Trade to Trump Fade?

Market gains since Trump’s election are starting to look fragile, undercut by friction between the U.S. president’s pro-growth reform proposals and his mercantilist and anti-immigration stances.

Active or Passive? How Investing in Both Could Drive Portfolio Returns

When most investors think of diversification, they think about including stocks and bonds in their portfolio, or US and international investments. Fewer investors think about diversifying among investment vehicles — such as active mutual funds, factor-based exchange-traded funds or passive benchmark strategies.

Can Bank Loan Funds Float to a Narrow Outcome?

While bank loans offer protection from rising risk-free rates, they’re callable and frequently redeemed by the issuer in an improving credit environment, when they generally underperform high-yield bonds. But in a deteriorating environment, they drop about the same as high-yield bonds. They can overcome that negative skew, but only rarely.