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FTSE Russell

December 6, 2019

Growth In ESG Begs The Question of Implementation

A significant level of assets have flowed into sustainable investment in recent years, to the tune of $30.7 trillion globally in the five major markets at the start of 2018—a 34% increase in two years—according to The Global Sustainable Investing Alliance’s most recent trends report.

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Morningstar

November 29, 2019

7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Building a Lineup

Josh covers some of those potential traps and errors that can arise when building a lineup. Although we think about how investors will be using them in a more institutional context, often within a retirement plan, many of these points are equally relevant if you are building your own individual portfolio.

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CME Group

November 27, 2019

Trading Is Stressful, And Traders Need An Outlet

Many traders would deal with stress in positive ways like exercise or competitive sports, while others seemed to never find the right outlet. Over the years I’ve tried to identify the characteristics of the successful traders, and the one thing that always pops up is a healthy respect for risk.

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Validea

November 19, 2019

A Framework to Evaluate Value Strategies

When I talk about value investing, I am talking about a more traditional definition of it. That means buying cheap stocks relative to current fundamentals. That could mean earnings or cash flow or book value or sales or a variety of other metrics. There are some funds out there that use the word “value” in their name, but don’t fit into this traditional value mold.

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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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Validea

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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Validea

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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Smartkarma

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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Smartkarma

October 10, 2019

Investment Banks Want to Sell Research to Corporates but They Face a Changing Market

Investment banks provided a range of services to their buy-side clients, bundling a bunch of those services together (investment research included), and pocketing some tidy sums in commission fees. They certainly didn’t have to worry about selling sell-side research separately, much less look for new clients, like corporates – which is what they are doing now.

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Wells Fargo Asset Management

October 10, 2019

Going Global

The global investment grade credit universe (GIGC) far exceeds local submarkets in size and scope and a GIGC strategy may unlock value through diversification and currency inefficiencies.

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