Pimco Strategist on Trump and the Global Savings Glut

A study conducted by economists at the Bank of England found that the vast majority of the 450-basis point decline in global interest rates since the 1980s was due to a decreased desire in saving and investing rather than lower potential economic growth. This according to a Bloomberg article by Pimco managing director Joachim Fels, […]

Active Investors Get a Chance to Shine

From the investor’s standpoint, a low level of unemployment isn’t necessarily good news, says a recent Bloomberg article. However, it can bode well for active versus passive investors. When more people are working, it says, “Wage growth can exceed economic growth, putting pressure on corporate profit margins. Interest rates can rise, tightening financial conditions. Inflation […]

Hedge, But at What Cost?

Crowded trades can undermine investors’ attempts to find safe havens, according to an article in last month’s Wall Street Journal. “Now it is more expensive to insure against losses in utility and consumer-stapes stocks and related trades than numerous assets world-wide.” Defensive stocks “soared” in the first half of this year, the article says, “as […]

What Rising Rates Mean to Low-Vol Investors

“Confusing risk with volatility can be dangerous,” says a recent report by Greenline Partners, as it “can lead to seeing things that do not exist.” This according to an article published this past May in Chief Investment Officer. Greenline, the article states, found that low-vol strategies outperformed the index by nearly 1%-2% annually over the […]

To Bolster Returns Large Investors Will Have to Come Up the Risk Curve

Gone are the days when a conservative bond portfolio will provide a decent return. Low interest rates and a sluggish economy are forcing investors to accept higher risk to get the same returns they would have twenty years ago (by buying and holding investment-grade bonds). The Wall Street Journal recently reported that research conducted by […]

The Importance of Dividends for the Long Term Investor

Dividend producing stocks are attractive and offer investors compelling values (subscription required) according to this AAII Journal article by John Buckingham, director of research and chief portfolio manager of AFAM Capital and editor of the Prudent Speculator newsletter. Keep in mind, the article was written in mid-2015, but many of the statistics in the article […]

Bond Market Volatility Likely to Continue in 2016

Short and long-dated Treasuries have nearly identical returns this year, with Barclays indices showing 0.71% returns for 1-3 year Treasuries and 0.68% returns on the 20-year-plus index. Expectations that the Fed will make successive rate hikes may favor long-dated Treasuries, however. Rick Rieder of Blackrock says such successive increases “will benefit the long end (versus) […]

Low Rates Could Remain Stubbornly Low for Longer than Most Think

The Fed’s decision to raise short-term interest rates does not necessarily signal the beginning of a return to pre-2007 rates (averaging 7.3% from 1970-2007), writes Neil Irwin, Senior Economics Correspondent with the New York Times. Despite widespread predictions of sharply rising rates, Irwin notes that “interest rates historically are most closely tied to inflation.” Not […]

Low Rates Could Remain Stubbornly Low for Longer than Most Think

The Fed’s decision to raise short-term interest rates does not necessarily signal the beginning of a return to pre-2007 rates (averaging 7.3% from 1970-2007), writes Neil Irwin, Senior Economics Correspondent with the New York Times. Despite widespread predictions of sharply rising rates, Irwin notes that “interest rates historically are most closely tied to inflation.” Not […]