Income, Energy Infrastructure and MLPs: Post Earnings Season Updates
Midstream energy infrastructure offers income potential complemented by macro and company-level tailwinds. In this webinar, we will discuss how the improving energy landscape benefits midstream, what the Biden Administration’s policies mean for the space, and why increasing free cash flow generation represents a key positive development. Our presenters will review the timely trends across the sector and how an allocation to midstream could enhance overall portfolio income and performance.
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.
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.
The Latest Look at the Total Return Roller Coaster
Here's an interesting set of charts that will especially resonate with those of us who follow economic and market cycles. Imagine that five years ago you invested $10,000 in the S&P 500. How much would it be worth today, with dividends reinvested but adjusted for inflation? The purchasing power of your investment has increased to $20,554 for an annualized real return of 14.5%.
Moving Averages: Up 6% in April
Valid until the market close on May 310 2021.
The S&P 500 closed April with a monthly gain of 6% after a gain of 4.24% in March. At this point, after close on the last day of the month, four of five S&P 500 strategies are signaling "invested" — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU), Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ), and Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC) — unchanged from last month's quadruple "invested" signal.
SPONSORED Loans May Provide Solid Returns in Multiple Rate Environments
Many investors typically focus on bank loans only when the Federal Reserve is expected to raise interest rates in the short term. While loans have historically performed well under those conditions, we believe the asset class can potentially add value as a strategic allocation in various market environments within the economic and interest rate cycles.