Category: Investment Methodology


Demystifying Liquid Alternatives

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager One of our latest investment themes, Be Creative, emphasizes the use of alternative assets in portfolios. Alternatives is a broad and often confusing category of investments that encompasses unique assets, such as commodities, and alternative strategies, often called liquid alternatives, packaged in a systematic way. Some...

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...


Content provided by Mike Forker, Chief Compliance Officer Late last week, the DOL fiduciary rule was addressed by the courts. Here are the main takeaways you need to know. On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule.  The ultimate fate of the rule...

Three Reasons Not to Get the Jitters about Market Volatility

Content provided by Joe Smith, CFA, Senior Market Strategist The first quarter of 2018 has so far seen a bout of market volatility that in some ways is long overdue. At the end of January, markets began to move — falling from slightly positive to near-correction territory by early February. Although much of the sell-off...

A Perfectly Natural, Normal Thing

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager To quote someone that I’ve learned quite a bit from, you and I are a perfectly natural, normal thing. Perfectly natural. — Jim Levenstein, American Wedding (2003) We knew the historically low levels of volatility couldn’t last forever. It wasn’t normal and bound to end. We experienced...

2017 Markets in Review: Cryptoassets, Market Highs, and Value vs Growth

Content provided by Mark Matthews, Investment Research Analyst While short on market volatility, 2017 suffered no shortage of excitement. Major U.S. indices went on a tear with both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) setting all-time record highs. However, the biggest theme of 2017 was the breakout year in cryptoassets. Cryptoassets took...

Three Surprising Facts About Risk Budgeting

Content provided by Case Eichenberger, CIMA, Client Portfolio Manager Risk management through Risk Budgeting is at the heart of what we do at CLS. We discuss it often in our commentary to remind investors of our philosophy and of risk in general. A recent study by Factset shows fewer than half of high-net-worth investors fully...

Bitcoin Bubble About to Burst? Not So Fast!

Content provided by Michael Hadden, Junior Research Analyst For every social media darling claiming to have struck it rich with Bitcoin, there’s a prominent investor calling it a fraud or bubble, see here and/or here. You’d probably want to trust Warren Buffett over @MrMoneyBags on Twitter, right? As the College Football Analyst, Lee Corso, likes...

Keeping Up With Millennials

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager Financial advisors and investment managers are trying to crack the code on what millennial investors are looking for and how to help them save for retirement. Here are a few insights from a millennial point of view on dealing with this evolutionary generation. Keeping Up With Technological...

Our Latest Thinking on Regional Positioning in Portfolios

Content provided by Paula Wieck, CFA, Portfolio Manager  At CLS, we are constantly reviewing all asset classes for changes in the market environment.  We monitor relative valuations, technical and behavioral indicators (such as moving averages and investor sentiment), quality fundamentals, macroeconomic data, and quantitative data such as various risk metrics, costs, and so forth. Although...