Oops! They QE’d Again
The US Federal Reserve (Fed) has gone back to expanding its balance sheet. Some claim that quantitative easing (QE) is back; the Fed denies it. What we call it isn’t the point, says Sonal Desai, Franklin Templeton Fixed Income CIO—what matters are the implications of this “permanently loose” policy stance for asset prices, investment strategy and market volatility.
Are We There Yet?
2019 was a very good year for investors. Surprisingly, both offensive and defensive sectors did well, which is a marked about-face compared with 2018. We believe this is mostly due to a central bank shift to policy easing, especially in the U.S., coupled with a relatively steady economy.
The Stay Rich Portfolio (or, How to Add 2% Yield to Your Savings Account)
In this piece, let’s do what Batista should have done – spend a few minutes focusing on the “stay rich” part of the equation. If you’re an investor who has already amassed great wealth and “won the game” what’s the right market approach that will help you keep (and potentially even grow) your wealth?
December 2019 SPIVA Persistence Scorecard
Since 2002, S&P Dow Jones Indices has published its SPIVA reports, which compare the performance of actively managed equity funds to their appropriate index benchmarks. It also puts out a pair of scorecards each year that focus on persistence of performance. Here are the latest results.
Q4 2019: "New Highs"
It has been a great year for equity investors. The S&P 500 index posted a 31% annual return, the Dow 25%, and the NASDAQ a spectacular 39%. More than $6T of equity paper wealth was created for domestic investors this year alone.
Sony and Panasonic: A Story of Diverging Fortunes
Nikko Asset Management’s Global Head of Investments examines key factors that has driven the diverging roads of performance by Sony and Panasonic, as well as the key lessons that can be learned from their stories.
Chicago Fed: "Index points to slower economic growth in December"
"Index points to slower economic growth in December." Led by declines in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) fell to –0.35 in December from +0.41 in November. Three of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index decreased from November, and three of the four categories made negative contributions to the index in December. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved up to –0.23 in December from –0.31 in November.