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Gabelli Funds

November 13, 2019

ESG Issue Series: Supply Chain

For any manufacturer, the importance of understanding risks in their supply chain is clear. Whether it is logistics, disruption, sourcing or quality issues, businesses know that globalization means reliance on supply chains. Monitoring and evaluation of supply chains is a complex process that typically is not noticed by end customers if it runs well.

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November 5, 2019

The Facts About Buybacks

Before we debate the merits of buybacks, it is important to understand what they are. Profitable companies generate excess cash on a regular basis. They have a variety of options for what to do with it. They can reinvest it back in their business. They can just keep it in the bank. They can buy other companies with it . They can pay down debt. They can pay dividends. They can also buy back their own stock.

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October 22, 2019

Five Questions: Factor Timing with Nicolas Rabener

Factor timing is a pretty controversial topic in the quantitative investing world. On one hand, we are all taught that we should buy low and sell high, so it seems intuitive to add exposure to factors that are out of favor. But in reality, it isn’t that simple and factor timing is much more difficult than it would seem in theory.

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State Street Global Advisors

October 22, 2019

Q&A: Why Bond ETFs Use Sampling to Replicate an Index

As I discussed in previous blogs, index tracking methodology for equities can be constructed using either a full replication (where an ETF holds all of the securities that make up the index in their respective weights) or optimization (where an ETF holds a subset of securities that closely resemble the index.) Index tracking methodology for fixed income ETFs can be full replication as well, but it can also work a little differently by using a sampling strategy.

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October 17, 2019

Why Alternative Data Is the Latest Power Tool on the Investor’s Belt

Alternative data is nothing new in the world of finance. Analysts and industry watchers have always relied on non-financial inputs that have an impact on financial developments. The weather, spending habits, fashion trends, popular hangouts, social unrest: Any one and all of those datasets can affect economic activity and gives analysts context on top of traditional financial information, like a company’s earnings or market data.

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Janus Henderson

October 11, 2019

Advisors Need to Bring Clients’ Kids into the Conversation

Parents are looking for guidance on how to talk to their children about money. Retirement Director Ben Rizzuto explains how advisors can address this need while establishing themselves as the family’s primary wealth manager – all without putting their other client relationships at risk.

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