Rx for Risk: Protecting Client Portfolios

Posted by Brian McCormick, CIMA

January 7, 2020 at 10:30 AM

Many investors and economists are anticipating a recession ahead, although predictions vary widely as to its timing and severity. It stands to reason, however, that the upcoming election and ongoing economic uncertainty will lead to prolonged stock market volatility, if not a bear market. In times like these, we’re all thinking about methods for protecting client portfolios in an economic downturn. Here, to help you think ahead, my colleague Tom Scarlata and I review current asset allocation strategies to consider.

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Topics: Asset Management & Investing

3 Rebalancing Strategies for Reducing Risk

Posted by Peter Essele, CFA, CAIA, CFP

November 20, 2019 at 1:30 PM

With the year-end planning season upon us—and with much discussion surrounding if and when a recession will hit—it may be an opportune time to discuss rebalancing strategies for reducing risk in your clients' portfolios. These options are designed to build robust portfolios for the long term, offering strategic and tactical approaches to investing that generate the most attractive returns for investors over time.

Here, we'll discuss three such strategies, including the types of market environments that may be suitable for each one. 

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Topics: Asset Management & Investing

The Benefits of Managed 401(k) Accounts: Are They Real?

Posted by Michael Geraci, MSF, CRPC, AIF, CIMA

August 27, 2019 at 10:00 AM

The participant experience in qualified retirement plans has come a long way since investors were asked to create their own portfolio from a simple list of standard funds. A better experience began to emerge as plan participants were offered a “prepackaged” choice of target-date funds (TDFs), which have become increasingly popular. Today, a new trend is taking shape, as many plan sponsors are now considering whether the benefits of managed 401(k) accounts make them worth adding to their lineup.  

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Topics: Retirement Consulting, Asset Management & Investing

Identifying Investment Opportunities: How the Experts Do It

Posted by Chris Stuart, CFA

August 6, 2019 at 10:00 AM

One of the hardest tasks for advisors is identifying investment opportunities for your clients that check the right boxes. Sure, names like Apple, Microsoft, and Facebook seem like a safe bet. But it’s the diamonds in the rough that can elude even experienced investment professionals. So, where do you begin when it comes to sourcing fresh ideas?

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Topics: Asset Management & Investing

Keeping Up with Impact Investing Strategies in a Growing SRI Universe

Posted by David Prendergast

February 12, 2019 at 10:00 AM

A 2018 report from the U.S. Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment found that, in the U.S. today, $12 trillion in client assets are held in socially responsible investing (SRI) offerings—a 38-percent increase over the $8.7 trillion in 2016. The study also says that $46.6 trillion in total assets are under professional management nationally. What does this mean? One in four managed dollars in the U.S. has a sustainable, responsible, or impact focus.

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Topics: Asset Management & Investing

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