Archive for the ‘Multi-asset’ Category

Confessions of a portfolio manager

Having been through several bear markets, David has his fair share of scars. As such, he openly admits to being a cautious investor. Today, David prepares for the future by looking beyond simply beating the benchmark – he seeks to mitigate drawdowns and exploit the power of compounding.   Confession #1: I am beset to

March 15, 2018 Categories: Investment Strategy, Multi-asset
Market volatility - multi-asset approach

Why a dynamic multi-asset approach matters during volatile markets

We didn’t know 5 February would be the day. No one did. But for the past year, we’ve espoused the benefits of managing risk, rather than taking risk.    On that day, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,175 points,1 marking an exceptionally volatile day for financial markets around the world. The 4.6% drop was

Feb 9, 2018 Categories: Market Updates, Multi-asset
Volatility strikes back. Is this the start of a bear market?

Volatility strikes back. Is this the start of a bear market?

After an exceptionally strong year in markets, volatility has struck back in recent days. At the time of this writing, the S&P 500® Index has fallen roughly 10% from its record close on 26 January.1   Many of our clients are asking us if this is the start of a bear market. Our answer—probably not.

Feb 6, 2018 Categories: Market Updates, Multi-asset
Fiduciary management innovation

Fiduciary management innovation. What does it look like?

Innovation continues to be a hot topic for fiduciary management. At Russell Investments, we understand that constant, rigorous innovation helps give our clients the highest likelihood of reaching their goals. That’s why we are so pleased to announce our recent award from Chief Investment Officer.   A note from Paul Wharton, Head of Fiduciary Management

Jan 24, 2018 Categories: Fiduciary Management, Multi-asset

Managing success: How do active managers handle increasing AUM?

Some larger AUM managers can produce strong returns — but how? Director of investment strategy research, Leola Ross, explores possible reasons and shares our preferences for evaluating managers with increasing AUM. In part one of this series, we noted that active managers demonstrated the potential to generate strong performance, even with large AUM, across several

Jan 10, 2018 Categories: Investment Strategy, Multi-asset
The top 5 most-read posts of 2017

The top five most-read posts of 2017

2017 was a busy year for the WIRE blog. We saw a massive uptick in readership, which we take as proof in readers’ interest in topics ranging from multi-asset investing to the low-return imperative to manager research. As we head into 2018, take a look back at the blog posts that received the highest levels

cashflow driven investing

Why is cashflow driven investing the latest craze?

In the second part of our series showcasing the best of Russell Investments’ Annual Investment Summit, David Rae dispels some myths about cashflow driven investing (CDI). He urges investors to view CDI as a risk management framework, not a product.   “The Latest Craze”   My friends are at it, they say it’s cool and

Is a recession on the horizon?

In the first of our series showcasing the best of Russell Investments’ Annual Investment Summit, Andrew Pease presents his three potential market scenarios.   Wall of worry or slope of hope?   For the past year it feels that we’ve been climbing the wall of worry. Markets have had to overcome the Trump election; the

Are you where you need to be?

The last twelve months have seen equity market valuations rise and bond yields decrease against a backdrop of political surprises. There is no magic crystal ball – but as investors, we are constantly required to ask ourselves: ‘is my portfolio best positioned for the future?’.   Manage risks, not returns   It was the Dean

Nov 9, 2017 Categories: Investment Strategy, Multi-asset

Problems of plenty: Can active managers manage their AUM?

It’s no secret that Russell Investments expects active managers with relatively low assets under management to have better average performance. But as Director of Investment Strategy and Research, Leola Ross explains, increasing assets under management is not necessarily the kiss of death.   We’ve been talking a great deal recently about the debate between active

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