SPACs: What Are They, and Are They a Risk to the Market?
Special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs)—also known as blank-check companies—have gained immense popularity among investors since the beginning of 2020, despite being around for decades.
Examining the Environment for Microcap Stocks
The smallest companies in the market may be overlooked by many investors, but can offer big potential. Here, we posed some questions about micro-capitalization (microcap) stocks to Franklin Mutual Series Portfolio Manager Oliver Wong, who explains how they have fared recently and where he’s finding opportunities.
Concentrating on Success
Outperforming the market, requires looking different than the market. Actively managed, concentrated portfolios are one way to help diversify risk while adding to alpha potential and can be a welcome complement to passive allocations. At Diamond Hill, our equity strategies range from concentrated to highly concentrated—learn more about two of our highly concentrated strategies: Large Cap Concentrated and All Cap Select.
How to Improve the Virtual Client Meeting Experience
My guest today, Ryan Sullivan, has written that, in crisis moments, the “pros” are “active.” If a client hasn’t called you, don’t assume they are not concerned. If they get the sense you’re avoiding contacting them, they may reach out to another financial professional for help. But in-person meetings have been ill-advised and phone calls don’t provide the level of connection clients need. Virtual meeting technology is a great option for staying in touch with clients, and Ryan is here to share his research on this topic.
The Fall of the Titans!
The performance of a market-cap-weighted index is driven by a handful of stocks with the largest capitalizations, but these stocks do not remain at the top for long. A smart beta multi-factor strategy is a good solution for investors concerned about the concentration risk of a passive market-cap tracker.
World Markets Update: May 10, 2021
Seven of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through May 10, 2021. The top performer is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 15.03%, our own S&P 500 is in second is with a gain of 11.51% and Germany's DAXK is in third with a gain of 10.31%. Coming in last is China's Shanghai with a loss of 1.30%.
The Current State of Retirement Income
Retirement planning has evolved from a singular focus on savings to ensuring that account values provide income for life. Multiple generations of DC plan participants are concerned that they’ll outlive their retirement savings, and they’re turning to plan sponsors for solutions.
Short Selling Keeps Markets Efficient
High-profile episodes, such as that involving GameStop, have led some to advocate for banning short selling. But new research confirms that short sellers play a valuable role in keeping markets efficient and preventing prices from overshooting their intrinsic value.
No Country Has Ever Taxed Itself into Prosperity
One of my all-time favorite quotes comes from Winston Churchill, who was just as witty as he was a great leader: “We contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”