With rising corporate debt, increasing leverage, declining rates, and a slowing economy, where do risk-averse investors turn for income? Virtus investment professionals weigh the options.
In today’s global economy, thriving companies aren’t bound by geography—not in where they are headquartered, nor in where they derive their income. Vontobel Asset Management discusses why investing beyond one’s own borders may benefit performance over the longer run. Also includes a brief discussion of the Virtus Vontobel Global Opportunities Fund.
The ten-year U.S. Treasury note yield recently fell below that of the two-year note for the first time since 2007. Should the yield curve stay inverted for an extended period, it is clearly a negative development for economic growth. Kayne Anderson Rudnick (KAR) believes the yield curve tends to be a more accurate forecasting tool than many economists or Wall Street strategists, and should prompt the Fed to extend rate cuts.
Emerging market equity was one of the most volatile asset classes in 2018 as tariff concerns, a rising U.S. dollar, and political uncertainty contributed to losses. Long-term investors know that volatility is quite the norm when it comes to emerging markets, and that the asset class—particularly the small-cap segment— can be a long-term winner and an important component of a well-diversified portfolio, thanks to its improving fundamentals and potential for outperformance.
“It’s dividends, valuation, and fundamentals.” Don Wordell, portfolio manager at Virtus affiliate Ceredex Value Advisors, discusses the investment process behind the Virtus Ceredex Mid-Cap Value Equity Fund, which he has managed since 2001.
Newfleet Asset Management provides perspective on why the loan market should be viewed as an income asset class, not solely an interest rate hedging tool.
Active managers of senior loans with long-term records of strong risk-adjusted returns have the potential to weather diverse market conditions, particularly in the later stages of the business cycle.
In this New York Times article, portfolio manager Nancy Zevenbergen shares insights on her team’s strategy and some of their favorite long-term holdings of the Virtus Zevenbergen Innovative Growth Stock Fund. The Fund invests in well-run, high-growth companies across market caps, but small-caps were big contributors to the Fund’s first quarter performance.
Duff & Phelps’ MLP investment team’s quarterly update on the MLP and energy infrastructure sector includes a recap of first quarter performance, market events, and thoughts on the opportunities ahead.
Seix Investment Advisors discusses China’s ability to deliver solid economic growth in the coming months in order to prevent a further global slowdown in 2019 and beyond.
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.
The Fed’s pivot toward a more accommodative policy has driven a shift in both issuer and investor preferences, as evidenced by recent supply data and fund flows. This shift has created dislocations within the capital structure, allowing managers with flexible mandates to take advantage of relative value opportunities.
The benefits of active versus passive management has been a longstanding question in asset management. The debate has gained momentum in recent years as only a few managers in certain asset classes have been able to outperform index-replicating strategies on a net basis.
Despite significant outflows in recent months, bank loans is still one of the best risk-adjusted asset classes since 1992.
Plan sponsors have a wide variety of investment solutions available to them in today’s retirement plan marketplace. This paper provides a framework for evaluating the potential benefits of including managed accounts as a complementary plan solution alongside participant-directed investments and target date funds.
“A well-executed, thorough process and cheap fees make Virtus Seix Floating Rate High Income a solid option among bank-loan funds.” – Kenneth Oshodi, Morningstar Manager Research Analyst
Plunging oil prices combined with a global market sell-off sent the midstream energy sector down over 17% in the fourth quarter of 2018 (as measured by the Alerian MLP Index), putting stocks dangerously close to their 2016 lows. Duff & Phelps’ Infrastructure Team assesses the events of the quarter and offers perspective on what’s ahead for 2019.
In this Manager Q&A from Vontobel Asset Management, Sudhir Roc-Sennett, Senior Portfolio Adviser to the Emerging Markets Equity Strategy, discusses the firm’s philosophy and approach to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing specific to emerging markets.
In this age of digital disruption, the retail space is littered with companies that have fallen by the wayside. This paper from Vontobel Asset Management discusses how brick and mortar franchises can continue to prosper so long as they can generate incremental growth from e-commerce and adapt to a changing landscape.
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.
Cash flow and dividend growth remain positive drivers for global listed real estate, while the impact of monetary and fiscal policies remains uncertain. The Duff & Phelps Global Real Estate Investment Team takes a look at how the asset class performed in 2018 and shares their expectations for the year ahead.
View Duff & Phelps Executive Managing Director John Creswell’s 10-minute TDAmeritrade interview on global infrastructure investing and learn about Virtus Duff & Phelps Global Infrastructure Fund.
With inflation a growing concern, retirement investors may wish to consider an allocation to non-traditional inflation hedges like high yield bonds and leveraged loans which offer little to lower duration risk, respectively, and a low correlation to investment grade bonds, as well as other benefits.
Chief Investment Officers at Virtus affiliate investment managers—Doug Foreman (Kayne Anderson Rudnick Investment Management), Jim Keegan (Seix Investment Advisors), and Nathan Partain (Duff & Phelps Investment Management)—discuss market volatility, Fed policy, inflationary pressures, corporate earnings and revenues, the yield curve, and other timely and topical issues.
Frank Ossino discusses potential benefits of the Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF’s active approach and broad opportunity set.
China continues to open its market to foreign investors. The recent addition of 236 large-cap China A-shares to the MSCI Emerging Markets Index, among other MSCI indices, will lead to a significant increase in first-time overseas investors entering the Chinese A-share market. Vontobel Asset Management outlines how investors are able to get exposure to this opportunity.
Industry leaders from select Virtus investment partners discuss their economic and market insights.
Brazil has sold off as the market fears the country is in trouble. If the huge pension program is not reformed, it will add expense to a budget already in deficit. On top of this, there will be a new president elected in October. In Vontobel’s view, whichever government wins, it will have little choice but to reform.
In April and May 2018, members of Duff & Phelps’ Global Listed Infrastructure team traveled to Australia, New Zealand and Europe for investment research trips. Senior portfolio manager Connie Luecke, CFA, shares insights gleaned from site visits and meetings with management.
Even when investors shun consumer staples companies and their stock prices underperform the market, Vontobel Asset Management is content to maintain meaningful positions in a select few quality staples stocks that fit their requirements. Their latest positioning paper explains why.
Since the end of the first quarter, the outlook for higher U.S. interest rates has been accompanied by a major sell-off in a number of EM currencies. Vontobel has not seen FX declines of this magnitude since the taper tantrum of 2013.
Industry leaders from select Virtus investment partners discuss their economic and market insights.
The $1 trillion+ global payments industry represents tremendous secular growth opportunities. This research paper discusses how networks such as Visa and Mastercard have powerful competitive positions and represent durable franchises with the potential to reward their shareholders for many years. Also touches on: e-commerce opportunities, Asia’s competitive landscape, the regulatory environment, and the impact of cryptocurrencies.
The macro landscape is forming a firm foundation under the infrastructure asset class, with demand powered on by a range of unforeseen geo-political circumstances. John Creswell, Executive Managing Director at Duff & Phelps Investment Management is quoted in this article published in the GLIO Journal.
Seix Investment Advisors’ municipal bond team examines potential implications of the tax reform bill.
What keeps asset managers up at night? Where do pockets of value exist today? Sudhir Roc-Sennett, Senior Portfolio Adviser at Vontobel Asset Management, helps to answer these questions and more in Trends in Global Investing, a supplement featured in Pensions & Investments.
Vontobel is constantly navigating the markets in search of genuine quality companies that not only meet its strict criteria for profitability, stability and growth – but are also sensibly priced. In this paper Vontobel explains its philosophy on valuation, the challenges of imperfect measurement and what has led them to develop their own investment chronometer.
At the Vontobel Quality Growth Boutique, we believe that to invest in technology alone is not enough. We invest in technology businesses that we strongly believe in and that we think can provide outsized returns for our clients over many years. By employing our time-tested approach of quality growth investing at sensible prices, we have found a few choice Information Technology (IT) companies meeting our high hurdle rates.
Despite natural disasters, rising tensions with North Korea, dysfunction in Washington, and continued acts of global terrorism, global equity markets continued their steady upward movement in the third quarter, with the S&P 500® Index up 4.5%, the Europe STOXX® 600 Index up 2.8%, the Nikkei 225 Index up 2.2%, and the Hang Seng Index up 7.4%. For the S&P 500, it was the eighth straight quarterly advance.