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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.

The Outlook for Fixed Income: Stagnant Prices, Tighter Money

Interest rates are nearing a lower bound, David Schawel, CFA, tells Will Ortel during a recent Take 15 interview. “Most likely we’re not going to be in a 30-year bull market for interest rates falling again,” he said. So what does this mean for fixed-income investors?

Weekend Reads: No Alternatives and Things That Really Matter

The search for alternatives, things that really matter in the world, and a brief foray into the active vs. passive management debate are the topics included in this week's edition of Weekend Reads.

Reduced Viability? Banks, Insurance Companies, and Low Interest Rates

In the current low-rate environment, there is reason to wonder about the viability of banks, insurance companies, and indeed any institution that generally depends on the spread between long- and short-dated liabilities for its profits, says David Schawel, CFA.



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