The Specialty Investments Channel

Enhanced Portfolio Diversification: The Power of &

Most investors, whether institutional or individual, tend to believe that stocks are a good—perhaps even the best—investment in the long run. However, the reason for expecting good performance from stocks is perhaps not always clearly articulated: Quite simply, it is because they are risky. Investors also tend to believe that investing in alternatives, such as managed futures, necessitates sacrificing some of their stock and/or bond asset allocation. This Insight explains how investors can have both the diversification benefits of managed futures, and their traditional stock/bond portfolio. Thus, the power of “&”.

On My Radar: Trade Signals Remain Risk On

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family. Today’s post is holiday short because by the time it hits your in box I’ll hopefully be home with IPA in hand celebrating a hard-fought Black Friday golf tournament victory. Daughter, Brianna; son, Matthew and good friend, Stevie Oh, rounds out our foursome. If you are familiar with golf, it’s a scramble format where each player tees off.

Weighing the Week Ahead: Will Black Friday Lead to a Green Market?

The economic calendar includes few reports, crammed into two days of a holiday-shortened week. Many will be taking time off – including some of the “A List” pundits. I expect to see some new faces on financial television and a lot of discussion about consumers and the economy. Many will be asking: What does Black Friday mean for the economy, and for stocks?

Neil Hennessy – The Opportunities in Mid-Cap and Japanese Stocks

Neil Hennessy is a portfolio manager and chief investment officer at Hennessy Funds. In this interview, he discusses the compelling opportunities in mid-cap and Japanese stocks, and what RIAs should be doing in advance of the next market correction.

How do you measure an active manager’s success?

Financial research and technology can dissect individual funds to attribute the reasons behind performance.

Aflac: A Valuation Conundrum? Fairly Valued Dividend Aristocrats: Part 1 of 7

Aflac (AFL) is a Dividend Aristocrat that has increased its dividend for 35 consecutive years. However, it is only one of seven Dividend Aristocrats that I consider attractively valued in light of the current bull market. Therefore, this will be the first in a series of seven articles where I will cover these seven attractively valued Dividend Aristocrats.

Six Tips to Take DC Plans to the Next Level

Tax reform. Interest-rate hikes. Regulatory questions. Inflation. There’s always a reason to put off making changes to your company’s defined contribution (DC) plan. But some improvements will be good for your plan and participants no matter what happens.

On My Radar: Global Macro Outlook & Probable 7-, 10- and 12-Year Equity Market Returns

This week’s On My Radar is an investment outlook piece. While current trend evidence remains bullish, you’ll see valuation data below that tells us the coming 7-, 10- and 12-year equity market returns are not so good. Your and my clients are expecting 10% forward returns; however, due to extremely high valuations they are likely get 0% to 2%. Trouble spots? There are many.

Weighing the Week Ahead: Is This as Good as It Gets?

Last week I wrote that there was so much on the calendar that it was impossible to choose a single theme. This week presents the opposite problem. In the wake of the big news, what will command attention? As I studied the data, I was struck by the confluence of record results.

Slaughtering the High-Dividend Sacred Cow

At least for tax-advantaged investors, dividends are irrelevant: They are neither good nor bad in terms of forward-looking return expectations. Therefore, while there is no reason to exclude dividend-paying stocks, focusing solely on them leads to less diversified (less efficient) portfolios.

The Case for International Dividend Quality – Offsetting Home Country Bias with Quality

For decades, dividend income has been a crucial component of a stock investor’s total return, often surpassing capital appreciation in volatile markets for many investors. However, blindly focusing on yield in the international sector could be dangerous to an investment portfolio’s health.

Often, a seemingly generous dividend yield may actually signify a weak share price tied to negative news not yet revealed in the quarterly dividend. This is why we believe investors in international dividend stocks must be confident that the dividend being paid is sustainable over the long term.

Retirement Income Planning Takes a Flexible Approach

If you are like many people, you probably have put plenty of thought into what your ideal retirement would look like. Maybe it involves exotic travel, pursuing a favorite hobby or spending more time with friends and family.

My Proposed Bet with Buffett

Here’s a new bet with Warren Buffett based on a portfolio oriented around risk parity and factors.

Long-Short Factor Investing

Here’s what investors consider when deciding whether to invest in long-only or long-short factor strategies, including relative and absolute return goals.

Weighing the Week Ahead: Where is the Fear?

With a light economic calendar, there is plenty of air time for pundit pontification. The record-setting market still has many shaking their heads. Many, after noting the many world problems, are asking: Where is the fear?