Category: Investing

10
Jul

Sir John Templeton: The Humble Approach

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT – Chief Investment Officer One of the most important days in my development as an investment manager occurred in the spring of 1987. It was during my undergraduate days at Babson College. It was Founder’s Day, which is Babson’s oldest tradition, a day established to recognize the school’s...
06
Jul

The Rock Stars at CLS Investments

Content Provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT – Chief Investment Officer When I was at Fidelity Investments (FMR Co) back in the 1990s, legendary investor Peter Lynch had moved on, but the culture he helped create, one fully dedicated to active management and high performance, was still in place. Fidelity hired the best and brightest...
29
Jun

Behind the (Research) Curtain

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager There are five areas of analysis we utilize to review investment ideas (see our Risk Budgeting White Paper pages 9-10). To help our readers understand these analyses and our investment processes, let’s take a look at a real life example applicable to many, if not all,...
13
Jun

Why the Destination is Highly Dependent on the Journey

“Life is a school of probability.” — Walter Bagehot Content Provided by Joe Smith, CFA – Senior Market Strategist What will the markets return in the next 12 months? Should investors expect 20% gains per year in the future? Will the markets correct by more than 10% in the next six months? We frequently encounter...
11
Jun

Reason #29 Not to Use Stock-to-Bond Ratios to Manage Risk

Income-Based Portfolios Which portfolio would you expect to be riskier? A or B? Or, put another way, which portfolio would you expect to be more volatile?   Tough call, isn’t it? They both look very similar in terms of stock-to-bond ratios. Let’s call it a wash — they both hold the same risk. How about...
07
Jun

Return Drivers of Commodities

Content Provided by Jackson Lee, CFA, Quantitative Investment Research Analyst “Be Creative” is a new CLS Investment Theme that was introduced the beginning of this quarter. To recap its introduction, “Be Creative” means CLS will add more exposures to asset classes such as alternative and real assets. The benefits of investing in these segments rather...
16
May

Time to Be Active

Content provided by Michael Hadden, Junior Research Analyst Now that summer is around the corner, I assume it’s safe to say most New Year’s resolutions have fallen to the wayside. For many, myself included, that resolution involved getting to the gym and being more active. And while I haven’t been great at making it to...
03
May

Reason to Invest Internationally #18: Wider Opportunity Set

Content Provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager As you may know, we have written a great whitepaper named “Why International: The Case for International Investing,” which highlights 17 reasons why investing internationally is ‘always’ a good idea, not just now when relative valuations are so attractive. Although 17 seems like a lot, I am...
20
Apr

10 Years Later: Lessons Learned from the Global Financial Crisis

Content provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT, Chief Investment Officer Question: Ten years have passed since the onset of the financial crisis. What about the past decade has changed your thinking about the economy, financial markets, or investing?  While I honestly think most of my investment philosophy and approach remains essentially the same, there are degrees of emphasis that have...
29
Mar

Market-ology: Filling out Brackets and Navigating Financial Markets

Content provided by Mark Matthews, Investment Research Analyst “Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” — Bobby Knight, retired basketball coach. For basketball fans around the country, St. Patrick’s Day marked the start of March Madness — and it has certainly been a wild one. A 16-seed beat a 1-seed for the...