Bob Rodriguez, FPA’s now-retired portfolio manager, earned many awards and distinctions during his 33-year career. In this interview, he talks about the role of the Fed in the price-setting mechanism. “When the markets finally do break, as they always have historically, ETFs and index funds will be destabilizing influences,” he says.
An anonymous sponsor is looking for 30 advisors to participate in an online focus group to be hosted on APViewpoint. The purpose of this focus group is to gather advisors’ observations on actively managed US equity funds. This focus group will take place as a private APViewpoint conversation.
The Federal Reserve just finished its annual round of large bank stress tests. The banks all passed – meaning they had enough capital to withstand a massive financial shock and deep recession.
The purpose of this focus group is to gather advisors’ observations on actively managed US equity funds. This focus group will take place as a private APViewpoint conversation.
Advisors who are not part of the focus group will not be able to view this conversation, and advisors who are part of the focus group will not see the responses of the other participants.
If you are selected to participate in this focus group, you will be required to thoughtfully answer a series of questions, at your convenience, over a seven-day period. It will take approximately an hour to answer the questions. At the completion of the seven-day period, Advisor Perspectives will pay you $100, either to your PayPal account or as an Amazon gift card (your choice). Alternatively, you may designate that the $100 be donated to one of four charities: the American Red Cross, the USO, the Foundation for Financial Planning or the Jimmy Fund (a cancer-research organization).
To participate in this focus group, you must meet the following criteria:
Underfunded pension plans grab the headlines. But that’s not what drives prices in the municipal bond market, according to Tom Doe. It’s the interplay between supply and demand – and right now yields are depressed due to a shortage of high-quality bonds.
Many wealthy clients, especially owners of closely-held firms, have interests in subchapter-S corporations. The tax policies proposed by the Trump administration will have a significant impact on them, according to Toni Nitti.
If you’ve attended as many advisor conferences as I have, you know that panel discussions featuring speakers whose firms have booths in the exhibit hall are rarely more than a “pitch fest” – an opportunity for panelists to promote their firms’ strategies. However, a panel on alternative investments at the Pershing conference last week was an exception.
Last week the Federal Reserve hiked the federal funds rate by ¼ of a percentage point for the fourth time since December 2015. The funds rate is still below the rate of inflation, which means the Fed is still a long way from becoming tight.
The Federal Reserve did what almost everyone expected today, raising the target range for the federal funds rate by 25 basis points to 1.00% - 1.25%.
While generally upbeat about global economic prospects, former Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warned policymakers against “blowing a hole in the deficit” by cutting taxes and pursuing aggressive fiscal policy measures.