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Just a Little Higher? Antti Ilmanen on the Low-Return Challenge

How can investors adapt to a low-for-long rate environment? Antti Ilmanen proposed several potential strategies.

The Fed Has Few Options, Says Danielle DiMartino Booth

“You don’t have a lot to work with when the next discussion around the table is negative interest rates,” says Danielle DiMartino Booth.

Book Review: Bond Pricing and Yield Curve Modeling

Riccardo Rebonato combines theory with current empirical evidence to build a robust understanding of what drives the government bond market.

Smart Beta: How to Avoid Fixed Income’s “Crocodile Jaws”

Can smart beta help bond investors escape fixed income's "crocodile jaws"? Salvatore J. Bruno and Kelly Ye, CFA, weigh in in an interview with Paul Kovarsky, CFA.

The Dark Side of Low-Volatility Stocks

Low volatility may be a great marketing concept, but does it work as a strategy?

Weekend Reads: 14 Charts and No Foolin‘

If the world feels a little crazy, it's because you are paying attention, writes Sloane Ortel. But stick around. We'll try to turn it into fun.

Nine Charts: Dangerous Curves

With rising rates and a flattening yield curve, can there be opportunity in fixed-income markets? Sloane Ortel examines what's happened and what to do next.

Weekend Reads for Investors: Highly Caffeinated Edition

Jason Voss, CFA, provides his choices for Weekend Reads for Investors. This edition features surprising facts about coffee consumption, global choke points in the food supply, graphics showing how cryptocurrencies are likely to affect finance, and more.

Tilting Portfolios to Leverage Macro Trends and Political Winds

Back in the 1980s, “monetary policy was a great way to stimulate the economy,” Jack Ablin, CFA, said. Not anymore.

Edward Altman: The Benign Credit Cycle Is in Extra Innings

Edward Altman says the benign credit cycle is in “extra innings,” but the metaphorical relief pitchers — central bankers — are running out of gas. Though most indicators point towards the end of the benign cycle, Altman cannot predict when the stress cycle will begin.



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