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When the Going Gets Tough in Fixed Income, Turn to Active

July 15, 2019

By Gary Manguso At this point, you’re hearing concerns about the current economic expansion being late stage or long in the tooth from financial analysts and clients alike as the global economic expansion passed the decade milestone. Paradigm shifts in the global economy have institutions like the World Bank suggesting global economic growth will grind…

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It’s Time to Take the Reins: Guiding Your Clients to the Winner’s Circle

May 7, 2019

In 2018, Justify won the wettest Kentucky Derby on record: 3.15” of rain fell the day of the race. In 1957, Iron Liege won one of the coldest Derbys on record: the temperature was 36 degrees, accompanied by 25 mph winds. In 1959, Tomy Lee won the hottest: it was 94 degrees at race time….

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Luck of the Index? – How to Talk to Clients About Diversification

March 15, 2019

03/15/2019 Is there any room for luck in investing? Depending on who you ask, you’d probably find widely varied viewpoints on the role of luck in the investment process. But what about your clients? You could ask them, and again, you’d probably hear a lot of different viewpoints. A more telling way would be to…

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Don’t Rely on a Groundhog to Predict the Weather – or the Markets

February 1, 2019

This Saturday, it will once again be time for one of America’s favorite past times: Waiting for Punxsutawney Phil to emerge from his little groundhog lair so his shadow can tell us if we’re going to suffer through additional weeks of winter or get an early reprieve from the polar winds. And just as there…

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5 Things Any Advisor Can Do to Help Clients Through Market Volatility

January 11, 2019

There aren’t many certainties in investing, but when it comes to market volatility, one thing is for sure – investors see more than a stock price when they look at the S&P 500. They see their dreams and aspirations in the balance and can’t help but realize their vulnerability to things they seldom fully understand….

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Do Liquid Alternatives Work?

November 9, 2018

October 2018 wasn’t a great month for equities. The S&P 500 recorded a 1-month loss of 6.84% as volatility made a substantial resurgence, the likes of which we haven’t seen in nearly a decade. Whether the volatility continues, or we see a sharp rebound to the previous trajectory of growth we’ve become accustomed to, the…

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Volatility – Liability to Change Rapidly and Unpredictably, Especially for the Worse

November 5, 2018

Robert Baker, President, Advanced Asset Management Advisors (AAMA) Volatility is often cited in the financial media with negative connotations. Before we get into our comments, there are two important concepts to bear in mind: Media citations are almost always quoting expected volatility (the ‘VIX’) which is an indication of volatility that will be experienced in…

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Make Your Clients Better Investors with 3 Questions

October 9, 2018

How much easier would your life be if your clients were better investors? What would that look like? Better investors would better understand the markets, better understand their investment goals and how to meet them, and ultimately, make better investment choices. With better investors, you would spend less time fighting uphill battles to get your…

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Stock Market Seasonals: Time to Sell or Buy?

September 18, 2018

Rusty Vanneman, CFA/CMT/CIO, CLS Investments Many investors believe the next few months are the scariest time of year to be an investor, and some think it’s a time to get out of the market completely. While the first few months of autumn have historically been challenging; for long-term investors, it’s a great time to buy….

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The Money is Never Easy

July 27, 2018

“The easy money has been made”. Anytime the market experiences a sustained period of growth, industry pundits use the phrase, “The easy money has been made” to caution advisors and investors of a market that may be losing steam. While I love the overall message – that it’s important to think about how to prepare…

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Buy-Write in Rising Rate and Market Downturn Environments

July 5, 2018

Kim Arthur, CIO/CEO, Main Management Rates at Historic Lows, and Increasing The Fed funds rate has been at all time lows in recent years and a number of developed countries have found it necessary to enforce negative interest rates in order to spur growth. Since rates are expected to rise going forward, we looked at…

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Develop an Investment Story That Sticks

June 7, 2018

How sticky is your investment story? Growth in the financial markets has been exhilarating over the last decade as equities have shot up like a rocket. While the ride might not be over, it seems like the straight-up trajectory we’ve seen may be drawing down. When everything is going up and almost everyone is winning,…

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How to Reduce Client Fear with Your Process

May 23, 2018

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself” – Franklin D Roosevelt This iconic line was delivered to a nation embroiled in one of the most significant financial downturns in recorded history – the Great Depression. Those words struck a chord that day that still rings true today, particularly in the world of…

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How to Serve High-Net-Worth Investors – Infographic

April 26, 2018

Download the complete whitepaper and learn simple strategies to attract, serve, and retain wealthier clients – How to Attract and Serve High-Net-Worth Investors – An Advisor’s Guide.

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How About This Weather? – The Most Relevant Advisor Question

April 16, 2018

How about this weather? How many awkward conversations have you dropped that line in lately? Maybe the most clichéd conversation filler ever used, “how about this weather?”, could be the perfect way to introduce market volatility and investment diversification into your client conversations. Let me elaborate. The Cincinnati area breeds volatile weather (where we are…

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How to Prepare Clients for Any Market Scenario – Infographic

December 7, 2017

Learn more about improving the client investment experience with the whitepaper – Preparing Clients for Any Market Scenario – An Advisor’s Guide to Market Movement Strategies.

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3 Steps to Improve Investor Decision Making

October 23, 2017

A financial advisor wears many hats. From managing taxes and constructing portfolios to advising investors on whether to save for college or pay off the mortgage, advisors can positively impact investors in many ways. Yet, one of the most impactful ways an advisor can benefit investors has little to do with traditional investment strategy. Rather,…

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A Simple Way to Manage Client Expectations

September 26, 2017

Client issues – nervousness about the future and unrealistic expectations for portfolio returns – has ranked as the top challenge for financial advisors, above the DOL Fiduciary Ruling and market uncertainty1. At the end of the day, delivering a positive experience is essential for financial advisors, and it begins with successfully managing and meeting each…

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Story vs. Process: Blending Strategies for Investment Clarity

May 5, 2017

How do you connect with investors, with a well-crafted story, or cold hard facts? Over the last 25 years in the investment industry, I’ve come to realize that there are two types of advisors – storytellers and process disciples. While working toward the same goal, both communication styles look starkly different, like two pieces of…

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Diversifier Strategies – Market Neutral

March 1, 2017

Diversity is a mainstay in our industry. We search for it, sell it to clients, and ultimately rely on it in seasons of market uncertainty. Understanding the importance of insulating portfolios from total market vulnerability is simple. Staying up-to-date on available strategies to dampen the effects of volatility can be tricky. In 2016, select Market…

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Year End Liquid Alternatives

January 11, 2017

The last year has been surprising in many ways for investors and advisors, alike. In what will be remembered for a wild ride in equities, and maybe (finally) the end to the 30-year bull market for core bonds, one thing was easily predictable – the financial press reaction to liquid alternatives’ (Diversifiers) performance for the…

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The Indexing Revolution

January 4, 2017

Investors of all types are voting with their money and dumping active managers of all kinds in favor of indexing at a rate not seen before. Whether it is 401k plans using life-style portfolios or major pension plans deciding to fire their long used managers and consultants, the trend is real and growing. Significant secular…

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Asking the Right Questions

August 2, 2016

The new FTJ FundChoice Risk Tolerance Questionnaire has been designed to provide the initial opportunity to engage prospective clients in a unique conversation that would set the advisor apart from other advisors and new “robo” alternatives. When we simply request the prospect to think about how markets can move up, sideways and down, then envision…

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Managed Futures – Setting Expectations

April 25, 2016

As we review the current results of various Managed Futures strategies we find a wide set of potential returns, as well as a wide variety of options as to the type of investments offered. These strategies include single manager, multi manager and indexed. Most of the liquid strategies have 3 years or less of returns…

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How are the Tactical Firms Handling the Volatility?

November 23, 2015

Most tactical firms will tell you that volatility brings opportunity. Whether they believe markets to be under or overvalued, their more active periods are linked to more active Market Movement. We thought that it would be a good time to look at some of the industry’s more popular tactical firms and see how the last…

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Definition of ‘Market Neutral’

October 20, 2015

Market Neutral is a strategy undertaken by an investor or an investment manager that seeks to profit from increasing and decreasing prices in a single or numerous markets. Market-neutral strategies are often attained by taking matching long and short positions in different stocks to increase the return from making good stock selections and decreasing the return…

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The Silver Bullet

July 7, 2015

Our evolved modeling process thinks about a well-diversified client portfolio consisting of three distinct mandates: Mandate 1 – Strategic Market Movement Targeted to a point on the efficient frontier and rebalanced back to that target. This is a buy and hold sleeve, looking for full market participation. Vanguard, Loring Ward, Wilshire and others utilize their…

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Market Uncertainty and Diverse Investor Needs: The Three Mandate Approach

July 3, 2015

When confronting risk, advisors face a challenging environment in 2015: Global equity markets are soaring, while many fixed income markets face the prospect of rising rates and central bank intervention. Meanwhile, the market shocks of 2000 and 2008 loom large in investors’ memories. Amid this uncertainty, investors now seem to come in two distinct types….

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The Importance of Education on Complimentary Diversifiers

June 29, 2015

A December Wall Street Journal headline titled” ‘Liquid –Alternative’ Mutual Funds Dealt Setback as Investors Flee” makes you wonder why clients need help from advisers. The article details the woes of one large fund, Mainstay Marketfield, which shed over $13 billion in assets during the 2014 calendar year. Marketfield, a top performing long/short fund, has…

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Once in a Generation Talent

May 25, 2015

Last night the greatest rock band in the world began their final tour in San Diego’s Petco Park. Mick and the boys kicked the night off with Jumpin’ Jack Flash and finished with a house busting encore of I Can’t Get No Satisfaction. In between those classics those of us lucky enough to be there…

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