Minisode - Meeting the Income Challenge for Advisors and their Clients
There is an income challenge for advisors that doesn’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Virtus ETFs offer a distinctive and innovative solution to that problem, which is a collection of non-traditional income-oriented investment strategies that provide investors the potential for higher levels of income.
Investors Are Piling Into Safe Havens on Coronavirus Fears
Gold mining stocks have broken out, with several hitting new 52-week highs this week. Gold royalty and streaming companies, including Franco-Nevada and Wheaton Precious Metals, also hit fresh 52-week highs.
Minisode - Using Non-Traditional Sources of Income
In today’s low-interest-rate environment, a pervasive challenge for advisors is the need for income-oriented solutions for clients, especially those at or nearing retirement. That need has led many to seek high-risk sectors of the bond and equities markets. The consequences of those decisions could be disastrous for investors. So we are going to look at another solution.
World Markets Update
Three of eight indexes on our world watch list posted gains through February 18, 2020. The top performer is our own S&P 500 with a gain of 4.32%. Germany's DAXK is in second with a gain of 2.99% and in third is France's CAC40 with a gain of 1.32%. Coming in last is Hong Kong's Hang Seng with a loss of -2.34%.
Peace for Our Time
The cognitive dissonance in the credit market is stunning. I recently have had the feeling that I’m living peaceably in Britain during the 1930s while on the continent the Germans were building weapons, expanding their army and navy, and opportunistically grabbing land.
Minisode - Which ETFs WIll Dominate in 2020
SSGA issued the first ETF in 1993 and today is a dominant leader in the ETF industry. It offers the world’s biggest ETF, SPY, with $314 billion in assets. From sectors and smart beta to fixed income, SSGA has relentlessly pursued new ways to solve client's most complex investment challenges.
Minisode - A Dividend-Value Income Solution
Advisors Asset Management (AAM) is a leading provider of income-generating investment solutions. It entered the ETF market in 2017 and offers investors an innovative high dividend value strategy across domestic, emerging and international developed markets. These ETFs focus on income and value, seeking to help investors meet their current cash flow and future capital appreciation goals.
Minisode - The Trends That Will Dominate the ETF Industry
One of the most prominent research studies in the ETF market is the survey that Brown Brothers Harriman does in cooperation with ETF.COM. This is the seventh year that study has been conducted, and my guest, Ryan Sullivan, and I will discuss the results.
Where to Get Income in a Low-Yield World
So far in 2020, the yield on the 10-year Treasury has averaged 0.01 percent when adjusted for inflation. Since the end of January, it’s actually dipped below 0 percent, trading as low as negative 0.14 percent on January 31.
Weekly Investment Strategy
While red may be the color of the day, it’s a color investors have not seen from most asset classes over the last twelve months. For example, the S&P 500 rose ~26% and investment-grade bonds gained ~14%. However, just as in a healthy relationship, we cannot take this excellent performance for granted and become complacent about the future returns we expect to come our way.
Minisode - What Was Behind Last Year’s Outperformance in Precious Metals?
Last year – 2019 – was a strong year for precious metals. Gold had its strongest increase since 2010. Silver and platinum also saw their largest annual gains in several years. But the big winner was palladium, which gained over 50%.
A JOLT to Job Openings & Asset Expectations
This morning the monthly job openings and labor turnover (JOLTS) report was released, and it came in significantly shy of expectations. While Bloomberg’s consensus estimate was for 6.925 million job openings, the actual number came in at 6.423. It is important to keep in mind that this is December data, so it doesn’t yet reflect the impact of the coronavirus on business operations.
Robbing 2020 to Pay 2019: A Reality Check for Fixed Income
Fixed income markets are different from equity markets. This statement is absurdly self-evident when put into writing. But it’s not as obvious when put into the context of today’s market dynamics.