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Modern global capital markets are incalculably complex. However, we must still attempt to navigate them in order to achieve good financial outcomes. Virtus offers perspective on understanding markets more clearly.

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2019 Q1 Vital Signs: The Indexing Sugar Rush

We’ve recently experienced a market in which the rising tide of global central bank easing has lifted virtually all boats. With everything going up regardless of price or quality, has diversification through active management lost its sheen? The rolling returns for the S&P 500® Index provide a crystal-clear illustration of the reality of market cycles.

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2018 Q4 Vital Signs: End of an Era - 2018 in Perspective

2018 marked the first down year for the U.S. equity market since 2008. The 2009-2017 stretch ties as the longest annual winning streak in market history. Until the fourth quarter, markets were buoyant, but political instability at home and abroad, rising interest rates, and a potential growth slowdown rattled global markets. Other than cash, all asset classes ranged between flat and down.

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2018 Q3 Vital Signs: Following the Leaders

Nearly a decade into the post-2008 crisis era, this bull market has featured not just sizable returns and relatively little volatility, but strong leadership from a group of powerful, headline-grabbing companies: the “FAANG” stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google). Diversified portfolios can own these stock market darlings, but are not structured to keep pace with them.

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A picture is worth a thousand words. In each issue, we present one insight on a range of market, investment strategy, and behavioral topics. The 1000 Words Series is designed to provoke insightful and memorable conversations.
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1000 Words - From Worst to First

How can you hold a winning portfolio without being able to predict the future? Spread your bets.

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Di-worse-ification?

Diversification isn’t working! Such has been the widespread complaint among many investors.

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The Reality of Risk

One of the more dangerous ideas in finance is that taking more risk produces higher returns. That's false.

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Forks in the Road

Personal finance is all about decisions.

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Roller Coasters

Following the intense volatility of the great crisis in 2008-09, the current bull market has been mostly smooth sailing for nearly a decade.

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The Bond See-Saw

One of the most important but perplexing relationships in finance is that interest rates and bond prices move in opposite directions.

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Market leadership changes from year to year and predicting the winning style is impossible. These tables highlight the importance of diversification.

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Monthly market review podcasts featuring Virtus' Chief Market Strategist Joe Terranova.
December 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

2018 in Perspective

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November 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

October was a newsworthy and noteworthy month in the markets. What happened?

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October 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

Bonds are struggling in 2018. Should investors be concerned?

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September 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

Why does the 2008 crisis still loom large for so many investors?

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August 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

U.S. corporate earnings are strong. Is there any sign of slowing?

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July 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

July market review podcast featuring Virtus' Chief Market Strategist Joe Terranova and Director of Investment Education Brian Portnoy, Ph.D., CFA

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June 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

In 2018's second half, what positive or negative tilts can investors and their advisors consider for a diversified portfolio?

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May 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

2018 has brought an increase in volatility. Where is the signal in all this noise?

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April 2018 "Vital Signs" [Podcast]

The new normal of volatility and an emphasis on communication between investors and advisors.

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