Taking Muni Bonds to the Next Level: Where Cutting-Edge Tech and Fundamental Research Meet
There’s considerable uncertainty in today’s municipal market. Questions persist about the likelihood of rising interest rates, inflation that may not be transitory and the impact on municipalities once the benefits of fiscal stimulus fades. Active bond managers have many decisions to make and need to be nimble in a changing landscape. What’s next for municipal bonds, and how can trading and portfolio management technology help investors navigate this changing environment?
The Q Ratio and Market Valuation: July Update, Notes About Revisions
Note: This update includes July close data.
World Markets Update: August 2, 2021
Six out of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through August 2, 2021. The top performer is France's CAC 40 with a gain of 20.26%, our own S&P 500 is in second is with a gain of 16.80%, and India's BSE SENSEX is in third with a gain of 10.89%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a loss of 3.66%.
How Advisors Can Maximize After-Tax Returns
Frank Pape is the senior director, portfolio consulting for Russell Investments’ advisor and intermediary solutions business. In this interview, he discusses the latest research on how advisors can maximize the after-tax income for their clients.
The Metaverse: What Every Early-Stage Investor Needs to Know
You may not be familiar with the term metaverse, but if you’ve been a consumer of popular books, movies and video games over the past 30 years or so, you probably are aware of the concept.
End of the Recovery and Reflation Trade?
The yield curve is a powerful indicator. More powerful than many others as May West reminds us. As the greatest reopening momentum now appears behind us, today, our All-Weather portfolio looks more all-weather than it did earlier in the year.
Moving Averages: S&P Up 2.3% in July
Valid until the market close on August 31, 2021.
The S&P 500 closed July with a monthly gain of 2.27% after a gain of 2.22% in June. At this point, after close on the last day of the month, all five S&P 500 strategies are signaling "invested" — Vanguard Total Stock Market ETF (VTI), Vanguard FTSE All-World ex-US ETF (VEU), iShares Barclays 7-10 Treasury (IEF), Vanguard REIT Index ETF (VNQ), and Invesco DB Commodity Index Tracking (DBC) — up from last month's quadruple "invested" signal.
Transitory, or Not Transitory? That is the Question. Total Return Outlook Third Quarter
Despite a strengthening economy in the second quarter, investors were highly focused on the Federal Reserve’s response to the recent spike in inflation data.
Scared of Bonds? Buffer ETFs as a Bond Fund Alternative
For the 10 years prior to the great financial crisis of 2008 (GFC), the 10-year Treasury bond’s average yield was 5.0%; for the 10 calendar years ended December 2020, it averaged just 2.3%, less than half its pre-crisis average (Source: Bloomberg).
In pursuit of higher yields, many investors are taking on more risk, either by going further out on the yield curve or further down the credit spectrum. In 2021, however, even the longer-dated and lower-quality segments of the bond market have failed to offer yields comparable to those of their shorter-dated, higher-quality counterparts prior to the GFC.
This dynamic has led investors to seek bond alternatives. One such alternative is a defined outcome investment with built-in buffers against losses.