Diversification strategies can help mitigate overall portfolio volatility. An important component of diversification strategies is correlation, or the measure of how one security moves in relation to another. Portfolios with lower correlation among assets will experience less overall volatility, even if the underlying assets are equally volatile individually. Most investors have heard about the concept Read More
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529 college savings plans allow parents and relatives to implement advanced gifting strategies. Contributions can be prorated over five years without incurring federal gift tax consequences. With a 529 plan the account owner maintains control of the assets in the account even though contributions are considered completed gifts. Parents and relatives can benefit from advanced Read More
Historically, some of the worst short-term market fluctuations and losses were followed by periods of substantial market recovery. Investors who try to time market swings often end up missing out on the market’s best days. Asset allocation, diversification and periodic rebalancing are tools investors can use to help weather market downturns. Sometimes the best selling Read More
China has announced significant social and economic reforms. We believe the vague wording and lack of timetables in the announcement should allow for balancing policy changes against short‐term growth prospects. If fully implemented, the plans announced should move the country towards a long-term sustainable growth model. If rolled out gradually, the near‐term effects on growth Read More
By Zach Pandl, Senior Portfolio Manager, and Gene Tannuzzo, Senior Portfolio Manager Many investors struggle to determine the appropriate amount of bond duration in an environment of rising interest rates. The right amount of duration has to be considered in a portfolio context, because the main value of duration exposure comes through diversification. Because of the Read More
As muni bond prices fell and yields soared in recent months, fear and uncertainty kept investors away. Amidst the unprecedented fear-based sell-off, the fundamentals of the muni bond market continue to strengthen. Bypassing muni bonds may mean missing out on today’s attractive long-term buying opportunities. Tax-free income is a big reason why so many investors have Read More
Chair of the Federal Reserve Board might be the most powerful job in global finance, and if Janet Yellen is confirmed, her views will weigh heavily on policy decisions — and influence financial markets — for at least the next four years. Yellen should be considered a dovish central banker, relative to other Fed officials. Read More