When Credit Diverges from Equity
It’s a common misconception that credit and equity performance move in tandem. When can divergence occur and how can credit investors prepare?
Fiscal Policy to the Forefront
Pacific Funds portfolio managers discuss the current market environment, fiscal and regulatory policy, and their broad positioning for the second half of 2017.
20-Point System Template
Adopt a rainmaking mind-set to boost revenue. Download our free template outlining the 20-point system that can help you stay focused on revenue-generating activities. Learn practical strategies and techniques you can start implementing today to increase referrals, optimize strategic alliances, network more effectively, market to clients and prospects, and hold yourself accountable for your own success!
Risk-Adjusted Income: A Prescription for Yield-Starved Investors
Many income-seeking investors may need a new approach in today's low-yield environment. Loomis Sayles can offer a unique solution.
Six Ratios for Benchmarking Your Practice
One of the trickiest aspects of being a financial advisor is simultaneously navigating your dual responsibilities as both a financial advisor and business owner. In order to gain a well-rounded perspective of your firm’s performance, there are several key metrics you should use to assess and interpret its financial health. We’ve outlined six ratios that will offer deeper and more valuable insights into where you stand and help you maximize your firm's performance.
Five Ways to Grow Your Business Beyond Your Book
Often, in an effort to serve their clients, advisors neglect their own business. However, growth in business is imperative. There’s even a popular saying: “If you aren’t growing, you’re dying.” One of our core goals at Kestra Financial is to help you maximize the value of your business. We work one-on-one, encouraging you to manage your business as a personal asset with the same level of care and diligence as you manage client assets. We help you find the time and tools to work on your business not just in it. When evaluating the health of your practice, here are five key areas to jump-start your growth plan:
Pricing Your Advisory Business
Take a fresh look at pricing your advisory business. Download our free guide to learn how small changes to your fee structure can have a big impact on your bottom line, protect you against market downturns and withdrawals, and entice clients to consolidate more assets with your firm.
Agency MBS: Still Attractive for Now
The Fed is withdrawing from the MBS market, but we see a number of positives supporting agency MBS over the next 6 to 12 months.
Pacific Funds Perspectives Mid-Year Outlook
Uncertainty was a major theme in the first half of 2017, which had a pronounced impact on the financial markets. In times like these, it’s important to work with investment managers who are experienced at navigating these markets. Pacific FundsSM investment managers discuss insights, themes, and trends that may shape the market in the remainder of 2017.
Challenges in the ESG Environment
Responsible investing is a topic of increasing interest, particularly among certain profiles of investors. Yet, proposed legislative rollbacks on corporate governance and climate change have roused concerns about the impact on environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing.
We believe, however, that investors have many reasons to remain confident and, while it is always hard to predict how changes will ultimately play out, the future of ESG investing continues to look promising for investors. Our latest investment commentary explains why.
The remainder of the year may be one for the bulls
Rate hikes? Low inflation? Tax cuts? Commonwealth’s chief investment officer, Brad McMillan, examines the trends that may boost investor sentiment in the coming months. Download his free article, Not a Bad Place to Be: Market and Economic Forecast for the Second Half of 2017, and prepare your clients for the possibilities.
Loomis Sayles' Investment Outlook
Investor confidence in the global outlook for monetary policy, economic growth and inflation has kept risk appetite high and volatility contained. Can it continue?
5 Best Practices for Philanthropists
Your clients look to you for guidance and advice when crafting long-term financial plans. Understanding your clients’ charitable interests and passions can provide a unique opportunity for you to expand your relationship and help create a long-term strategic plan that also impacts their favorite charitable causes. For additional insights on guiding your clients through the development of their charitable plan, Vanguard Charitable has gathered five best practices for philanthropists, drawing on years of experience working with donors and charities.
Sector Performance During the Summer Months
Portfolio Manager Viewpoint - Credit Markets
The post-U.S. presidential election environment has seen a sharp rally in risk assets and economic optimism. In this note, David Weismiller, portfolio manager for Pacific Asset Management’s investment-grade bond strategies, discusses the market environment and current investment positioning.
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