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Advisers ambivalent about emerging markets

August 21, 2016

Unless you specifically manage an emerging-markets portfolio, there is a good chance you will be lukewarm on increased allocations to the world's emerging economies. Even against the backdrop of a very solid first half of the year, most analysts...

Brexit vote whipsaws markets, tests financial advisers' resolve

June 24, 2016

The global stock market selloff Friday following the United Kingdom's vote to leave the European Union proved that the financial markets largely believed Britain was going to vote for the status quo. While many financial advisers and market...

Layoffs hit Pimco, GMO as assets shrink amid flight from active management

June 17, 2016

Layoffs have been scarce in the mutual fund industry, but they have hit two complexes recently: GMO and Pimco, which are suffering from declining assets as investors flee active management in favor of passive strategies. Boston-based Grantham,...

Franklin Templeton's Hasenstab kicks off Morningstar with nod to emerging markets

June 14, 2016

The beat-down suffered broadly across the emerging markets over the past few years has left some value in its wake, according to Michael Hasenstab, manager of the $48 billion Templeton Global Bond Fund (TPINX). Investors would be wise to proceed...

A tale of two Chinas: one old, one new

June 5, 2016

To the casual observer, headlines about China over the past year suggest doom and gloom. Those who take a deeper look, however, will find a divergent storyline comes to light: China's economy is moving in two different directions. Earnings releases...

How a Brexit will hit U.S. stocks

June 2, 2016

If the U.K. pulls the trigger on its departure from the European Union, the fallout could hit certain U.S. stocks that you might already own, or maybe should own. Stay nimble. A couple dozen stateside companies with substantial sales in Britain...

BlackRock, GMO forecast single-digit returns for U.S. stocks

April 19, 2016

Richard Turnill, BlackRock's chief global investment strategist, has some advice for investors: Curb your enthusiasm. And he's not alone. “We see a global portfolio made up of 60% equities and 40% fixed income producing annual returns of just...

Efforts by Fidelity, Vanguard and Pimco to calm energy investors pay off

April 18, 2016

The message from mutual fund companies about oil prices: There's long-term value in energy stocks, but it's going to be a rough ride. By and large, it's been good advice. Investors got a taste of oil's volatility on Monday, when oil prices slid...

Investors poured $32 billion into bonds in March with Vanguard, BlackRock dominating

April 15, 2016

Investors poured an estimated $31.9 billion into bond funds in March, and investment advisers did much of the pouring. The inflow to bond funds was the most since January 2013, when bond funds saw a net $32.6 billion come in, says Morningstar,...

4 reasons why pulling out of emerging markets doesn't make sense

April 10, 2016

Historically, long-term demographic and economic trends have been the key motivations for investing in the emerging markets asset class. As populations grow in the developing world and shrink in the developed world, economic growth will be focused...

Strong March performance pushes stock funds positive for first quarter

April 1, 2016

If your clients are complaining about their bond positions, this would be a good time to remind them about why they own fixed income. Even though stock funds scored big gains in March, they're still trailing bonds for 2016 — and the past 12...

BRIC funds rally, but it's a long way back

March 18, 2016

Investors tempted by Friday's emerging markets rally might want to remember what it feels like to get hit with a BRIC. The BRIC countries — Brazil, Russia, India and China — were singled out by Goldman Sachs in 2001 as the investment theme...

Emerging market debt is starting to look like a sweet deal

February 25, 2016

Franklin Templeton and BlackRock are each making the case for a move into emerging market debt. This is how riskier assets get more attractive. Portfolio managers are fighting back against high-frequency traders with “noise.” Out-foxing...

Fine-tuning the emerging markets

February 3, 2016

Emerging markets might be out of favor at the moment, but that hasn't stopped the asset-management industry from positioning products and strategies for an eventual turnaround. As detailed in a recent Morningstar report, emerging-market strategies...

China widely misunderstood, Rothman says

February 2, 2016

China's a tough sell these days, says Andy Rothman, investment strategist for Matthews Asia. “Trying to convince clients to have money anywhere within 1,000 miles [of China] is difficult,” he told attendees at the Investment Management Consultants...

The time for emerging markets is now — if you can stand it

January 21, 2016

If your clients have an emerging markets fund in their portfolio, they probably have a few questions for you. They might, for example, be wondering why you hate them, or whether you're still sniffing glue. As well they might: The average emerging...

What early stock market volatility means for the year ahead

January 8, 2016

There's no particular reason the start of a new calendar year should represent the start of a new mood in the financial markets — but that's sort of what's happening. On two of the first four trading days of 2016, U.S. equity markets suffered...

China's slowdown shouldn't deter investors from emerging markets

January 6, 2016

There's no reason the slowdown in China should sour investors on broader emerging market opportunities. 'A 7% drop is really kind of extraordinary.' Taking a deeper dive into China's economic slowdown. From not-so-serious to a much darker view....

No point in comparing Bill Gross' performance at Janus to what he did at Pimco

January 5, 2016

Comparing Bill Gross' past and present performance is like comparing apples and oranges. While it might be tempting to pit the Bond King's new Janus Global Unconstrained Bond Fund (JUCAX) against the Pimco Total Return Fund (PTTRX), they are...

Legg Mason joins the smart-beta ETF space, without calling it that

January 5, 2016

Legg Mason won't be referring to its new suite of exchange-traded funds as smart beta, but that doesn't mean the financial services industry will be following its lead. “The funds use a smart-beta method, combining elements of both passive...

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