What to Do When a Strategy Performs Poorly
In recent years, U.S. stocks have far outperformed international stocks, and growth stocks have far outperformed value stocks. That has led many to question the benefits of diversification and ask what they should do when an investment strategy performs poorly. This podcast will answer that question.
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.
Improving Client Experience Through Better Risk Tolerance Assessments
For many investors, the beginning of the year is a time for them to review their investing strategies and reassess their risk tolerance. Though the U.S. stock markets have been on an incredible run last year, recent polls of economists and American voters indicate great concern about a looming recession.
Signal vs. Noise: Is Noise Affecting Your Ability to Focus on Investor Behavior?
This is going to be one of those years where we believe behavior—for advisors and clients—is going to really matter. At Russell Investments, we believe one of the biggest detriments to a client’s return is their own behavior.
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.
Women’s Unique Considerations around Money
No matter what industry you work in, being a woman brings unique challenges that men don’t have to deal with. The response isn’t to resign ourselves or get overly caught up in fighting for systemic change. Instead, identify what those challenges are and get the resources you need to overcome them.
Immediate Annuities May Fit Into Retirement Plan
I advise against variable, indexed (i.e., equity-indexed and fixed-indexed), and other similar annuities that pay high commissions, have high surrender charges or have high annual fees. But SPIAs may have a role in retirement plans.
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.
The Big Four Economic Indicators: January Real Retail Sales
Month-over-month nominal sales in January increased by 0.3% (0.26% to two decimal points). Real Retail Sales, calculated with the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index, increased by 0.1% (0.12% to two decimal points).
What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index
Let's do some analysis of the Consumer Price Index, the best-known measure of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides all expenditures into eight categories and assigns a relative size to each. The pie chart illustrates the components of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers, the CPI-U.
Five Decades of Middle-Class Wages: January 2020 Update
We've updated this series to include the January release of the Consumer Price Index as the deflator and the January monthly employment update. The latest hypothetical real (inflation-adjusted) annual earnings are at $40,102, down 11.0% from 45-plus years ago.