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.
Making the Trend Your Friend – How Trusted Investment Advisors Sustain 9 Lives
One might say that the most trusted investment advisors have cats’ proverbial nine lives. They are bold explorers, distinguished by their agility and uncommon ability to take on challenges with confidence and poise. And, of course, they always land on their feet. FlexShares presents 9 secular trends we believe are reshaping the investment management industry – and how trusted advisors may leverage these trends to their – and their clients’ – benefit.
Navigating the Investing Complexities of China
After an extremely rapid industrial transformation, China sits at a crossroads that presents both compelling opportunities and significant risks. However, investing success demands a deep understanding of China’s long-term plans, political landscape and key trends. Brian Beitner, Managing Partner of Chautauqua Capital Management, discusses China’s complexities and inherent investment opportunities.
Aluminum: Where the US and China Align
Recent trade actions against Chinese aluminum imports may result in higher tariffs. Ironically, the US and China have their interests aligned in this area.
Four scenarios for China’s economic crossroads
China faces a challenge: balancing short-term stability with long-term sustainability in an economically viable way. To avoid stagnation, it needs strong structural reform. But too much top-down interference could impede growth. Learn which Chinese factors may have an impact on the global economy and financial markets.
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.
The Rise of Fixed Income ETFs
Recent uncertainty has fueled inflows into fixed income assets, despite expected federal interest rate hikes and record-setting growth in equities. But given the “aging of America” and the fact that investors can anticipate longer retirements, we believe demand for fixed income will continue to grow.
However, well-diversified investment in individual bonds can require a great deal of money and time. This white paper discusses challenges on the horizon for fixed income investors, and why fixed income ETFs are among the fastest-growing vehicles in the marketplace.
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