Jason Voss, CFA, and C. Thomas Howard share some insights on the demise of modern portfolio theory (MPT); Lauren Foster discusses the future of robo-advisers; and Tadas Viskanta advocates that we keep ETFs weird, in the top Enterprising Investor posts from April.
The ETF has been at the forefront of three major investment phenomena over the past two decades, and as a result has had a positive effect on the investment world, says Tadas Viskanta. The beauty of the ETF industry is its embrace of new ideas and strategies. Tamping down on that would only serve to make the investment world a less interesting place. So let's "Keep ETFs Weird."
The end of the year is a good time to look back and take stock. What Enterprising Investor articles did readers find most compelling in 2016? The results are illuminating. Our top content runs the gamut from the granular — tightly focused, practice-oriented material on starting a firm and what to read to stay informed — to more "big picture" analysis on negative interest rates and the ongoing active vs. passive debate. Taken together, they reflect the currents at work in the investment management profession at both the system-wide and individualized levels.
An exploration of the potential fintech effect by Larry Cao, CFA; Julia VanDeren's examination of executive presence; Tadas Viskanta's analysis of market-related risks arising from global warming; and the latest installment in the Dumb Alpha series by Joachim Klement, CFA, were among the leading posts from Enterprising Investor in October.
Investors and advisers need to broaden and deepen their levels of analysis to get a better handle on liquidity risks. They may be drawn to the apparent certainty of putting funds into a small number of boxes, buckets, or categories, but this may prove to be a false comfort.
Achieving innovation in financial products is inseparably connected to meeting investor targets and investor needs. Therefore, without an understanding of investor needs, there can be no effective innovation.
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