The Specialty Investments Channel

Is All-Passive Really the Best Thing for Target-Date Funds?

With market returns expected to be lower going forward, target-date funds that invest in passively managed underlying components are at risk of underdelivering. We think diversifying beyond traditional asset classes and tapping alpha opportunities with a multi-manager structure can increase the chances of success.

Q3 Market Outlook: What’s in Store for Markets in the Second Half?

We are coming to the mid-year point for 2018, and the past six months have felt like six years. Markets have experienced a significant uptick in volatility, yet equity investors may not have much to show for all their troubles.

All Asset All Access, July 2018

In this issue, Research Affiliates discusses positioning for a potential inflation shock and offers insight into its collaboration with PIMCO to bring forth innovative solutions for investors.

Why Should Investors Consider Alternatives?

Alternative investments (alts) were first embraced by institutions, and some people still view them as a complex solution for complex needs. However, a growing number of alternative strategies are now available via mutual funds.

Weighing the Week Ahead: Is it Time to Worry About 2020?

The economic calendar is loaded with the most important reports. The four trading days are divided by a Wednesday holiday, meaning some extra days off for most. Normally the data would dominate the discussion.

What’s in Store for Markets in the Second Half?

We are coming to the mid-year point for 2018, and the past six months have felt like six years. Markets have experienced a significant uptick in volatility, yet equity investors may not have much to show for all their troubles.

Multi-Asset Class Strategies: How Do I Use Thee? Let Me Count The Ways.

Not too long ago, investors, consultants, and advisors in the asset management field struggled with the role of Multi-Asset Class (MAC) strategies. They were perceived as misfits, given their cross-asset mandate and their dynamic nature. Today, however, they are utilized and embraced in all sorts of different settings.

Gundlach Understates the Federal Debt Problem

When Jeffrey Gundlach says that the federal deficit is on a suicide mission he is understating the problem.

Weighing the Week Ahead: What is Working, and Will It Persist?

The economic calendar is modest. Volatility is lower even with plenty of news. The summer doldrums have arrived! It provides time for introspection to fill those empty timeslots and pages.

Productivity Awakening?

One of the potential rude awakenings that we advised investors to prepare for in our recent Secular Outlook is a surprising surge of productivity growth over the next several years.

ARIS Insights: The Low Correlation Boost

Imagine that your goal is to maximize the total return of your portfolio. You can either invest your portfolio 100% in stocks or split the portfolio equally between stocks and an uncorrelated strategy with an annual return that is 1% less than stocks.

Enhanced Portfolio Diversification: The Power of "&"

Most investors, whether institutional or individual, tend to believe that stocks are a good—perhaps even the best—investment in the long run. However, the reason for expecting good performance from stocks is perhaps not always clearly articulated: Quite simply, it is because they are risky. Investors also tend to believe that investing in alternatives, such as managed futures, necessitates sacrificing some of their stock and/or bond asset allocation. This Insight explains how investors can have both the diversification benefits of managed futures, and their traditional stock/bond portfolio. Thus, the power of “&”.

Do Factors Work in Fixed Income Investing?

While factor-based, style investing in equities has become popular, its adoption has been much slower in other asset classes, including fixed income. New research shows that style investing can also be applied to bonds.

Weighing the Week Ahead: Is it Time to Worry About a Trade War?

The economic calendar is light. Most of the “financial” news flow relates to non-core stories. Of the various geo-political themes, there is one that is most significant for investors.

Investor Attention Deficit Disorder - aka the Goldfish Syndrome

There are three key drivers of financial markets - behavioural patterns, cyclical trends and structural trends. Because human attention spans are getting shorter and shorter, behavioural patterns affect financial markets more and more. That is a problem but also an opportunity set for the astute investor who is prepared to think outside-the-box.