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?
Is Your Target-Date Fund Providing Enough Inflation Protection?
Inflation has been on the rise recently, raising concerns about long-run inflation and its impact on the spending power of those who can least afford it—investors approaching or already in retirement.
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.
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.
Thinking About Macro
Howard Marks doesn’t make bets on economic predictions. That’s especially true now when the biggest wildcard is inflation – a phenomenon no one fully understands. But just because something is unknowable doesn’t mean it’s unimportant. That’s why Howard has devoted his latest memo to a topic he largely disavows: macro forecasting.
Saving for College? Don't Assume a 529 Is Best: Teresa Ghilarducci
So many Americans are pushed into 529 plans and told it's the only way to save for college. 529s are touted as tax-advantaged because the contributions to the plans are invested and grow in the accounts tax-free.
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.