Death to the 60/40! Long Live the 60/40!

The traditional 60/40 balanced portfolio is no stranger to coming under fire. Many pundits have decreed the death of the balanced portfolio, arguing that a low yield environment will prove insurmountable and bonds will no longer be able to provide necessary diversification for investor portfolios. This proclamation has yet to be proven correct, and in the investment management industry, being too early is the same thing as being wrong. That being said, is this time different?

Know When to Hold’em, Know When to Fold’em

BLOG SERIES: RISK PARITY

In the second installment of this blog series on risk parity, we are going to dive into how dynamically adjusting the leverage applied to the strategy can result in increased stability of the portfolio’s return profile. Actively adjusting the amount of leverage applied to the portfolio is how the strategy scales the size of its bets based on changes in market risk.

The Impacts of Risk Parity Strategies

Ray Dalio’s Bridgewater is the latest celebrity investment management firm to opine that in a low-interest rate environment government bonds not only offer little in the way of value for investors, but that their ability to provide risk reduction during financial stress will be impaired as well. As this article from Bloomberg reports, Bridgewater is…

What is Driving the Surge of Interest in Stocks?

Whether it’s from speaking to friends and family or browsing social media feeds, it’s easy to see that there is a renewed interest in the stock market among retail investors. At first glance, having more people interested in their personal finance and investing in financial markets seems like a very positive thing. However, after closer…

Your Guess Is as Good as Mine

From February 19th to March 23rd, the S&P 500 plummeted -34 percent. From March 23rd until time of composition, the same index climbed approximately 50 percent. Do not confuse this as a net gain. (Refer to our blog series on risk and volatility for how path dependency is important for the geometric compounding of investment…

Know Thyself

The current whipsaw action of markets has resulted in a wide spectrum of forecasts ranging from a V-shaped recovery to the erosion of economies resulting in a prolonged recession. With forecasts abound, famed investor, Howard Marks, tackled this topic in his most recent memo. Mr. Marks notes one shock event is enough to throw forecasts…

Confusion Amid the Rally

Beyond COVID-19 updates, current headlines are littered with reference to underwhelming economic data, such as spiking unemployment and suffering corporate profitability. During this period, equity markets have seen one of their best stretches of historical performance, which is leaving many investors puzzled. A recent article in the L.A. Times speaks to this phenomenon and attempts…

O Canada! Why We Diversify

The COVID-19 global pandemic is a historic event that has galvanized intergenerational cohorts in the fight against a common enemy. I will not attempt to wax-poetic about the implications this will have on our way of life for when we inevitability get through to the other side of this epidemic, as there are much more qualified experts that can offer better educated opinions on the matter then I can. What I will attempt to do is explore a way to reframe the implications of this health crisis for investors that are dealing with both emotional and financial stress as a result of the pandemic.

Diversification Performance Through the Panic

If you have been following financial markets, even casually since February, you would know that we are in the midst of one of the fastest and sharpest equity market drawdowns in history. Although it may feel like the financial world is on the brink of collapse, a recent article by Ben Carlson of A Wealth…

Why Bonds Should Be a Staple, No Matter Your Portfolio

With the recent volatility in financial markets, some investors are finally seeing the diversification benefit of holding fixed income in their portfolios alongside their riskier equity investments. In the current bull market – the longest one in history – it is easy to look at the allocation to bonds as nothing more than a drag…