Tag: Markets

Strategic Perspective Is a Key Commodity During Bouts of Volatility

As recently as mid-2016 it was common to hear advisers describe significant market volatility as the new normal, but since then the global equity markets have been remarkably stable and generous; so it makes some sense, experts agree, that investors are feeling jittery as volatility returns to the fore.

Three Things Bond Fund Managers Say That Set Off Our Alarms

"In our experience, the way bond managers speak provides insight into their true thinking, underlying skills and biases," write Brett Wander and Jake Gilliam, two investing team leaders at Charles Schwab. "When we look for bond managers as sub-advisers, there are things we like to hear, but there are also things managers say that immediately trigger our alarms."

U.S. Market Index Records Offer Food For Thought

Few retirement plan investors may actually mirror their portfolios to a U.S. total market index—but there are still some important implications to be found in the record-setting performance of the Wilshire 5000, beyond the relative growth of small-cap and large-cap.

PANC 2017: Measuring TDF Performance

Against the background of strong equity market performance in the last seven or eight years, passive target-date funds now account for 42% of the TDF market, compared with 27% in 2009. 

Will TDF Series Based on ETFs Become the Norm?

More investment providers are now using ETFs within glide-path-based portfolios, but the business development leader at Stadion says his firm has long embraced the approach, as exemplified by the new TargetFit product launch.