While the U.S. is home to many global leading companies, it is not the be-all and end-all for investors. Here are five timely reasons why investors should consider an active allocation to international equities now.
With the notable exception of China, countries around the world have struggled to get their economies firing on all cylinders without COVID-19 infections flaring up again. Until a way to contain the virus is found, recoveries are likely to remain stop-start and fragile.
Quality businesses have an unmistakable profile: durable earnings growth, high return on capital, strong balance sheets and cash flows, and management acumen at maintaining a competitive advantage. These attributes sound attractive, but do they really make a difference? Kayne Anderson Rudnick (KAR) believes they do.
High yield fundamentals have shown remarkable resilience, and the sharp rise in fallen angels through 6/30/20 spells considerable potential opportunities for nimble managers that can spot relative values and manage risk.
Kayne Anderson Rudnick CIO Doug Foreman offers insights on the firm’s high-quality investment approach and performance of the Virtus KAR Mid-Cap Growth Fund, including companies that have benefited from trends accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Contrary to recent commentary in the financial press, we believe that gold and U.S. Treasuries can both perform well at the same time as gold is rallying due to negative real rates, among other things.
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.
Explore the key attributes of mid-cap investing and the opportunities offered to investors, and use our interactive tool to see how an allocation to mid-caps may improve an equity portfolio’s performance and mitigate risk over time.
The fallout from the coronavirus pandemic could see large firms cement their dominance over weaker rivals. We examine the implications for investors.
Ryan Jungk, Investment Grade Corporate Sector Manager, discusses why he believes the rally in investment grade spreads may not be over and may be on the path to set new record lows.
Fallen angels are multiplying exponentially. The best time to buy such bonds at attractive levels, in our view, is just before they get downgraded, since some high yield managers can’t buy investment grade.
Negative headlines notwithstanding, active managers of senior loans with long-term records of strong risk-adjusted returns have shown they can weather historic volatility and economic uncertainty.
U.S. equities have outperformed for over a decade. But like a pendulum, once equity markets swing one way, they inevitably swing back. An active allocation to international equities offers three timeless tactics for managing market swings: diversification, exposure to a unique set of strong businesses, and the opportunity to buy at attractive valuations.
Emerging markets can be frustrating for investors. There is huge potential, and also risk. In the EM, growth and staying ahead of governance issues are both vital to compound value. The challenge is putting up with the volatility. Vontobel explains why the emerging markets remain an attractive place to be, in good times and bad, even as Covid-19 uncertainty continues to grip the world.
After a depression-like collapse and an epic response from both monetary and fiscal authorities, the hobbled economy raises serious questions about liquidity and solvency in some sectors.
For all the volatility and uncertainty in the economy and financial markets, high yield bonds have continued to attract investors over the last two months. Here are some of the metrics that are being factored into the assessment of potential relative value opportunities in this asset class.
Frank Ossino, Senior Portfolio Manager and Bank Loan Sector Head, discusses the impact of the coronavirus on the bank loan market and how portfolios are being positioned.
Newfleet Asset Management provides their most recent insights on the current market environment.
According to Gregg Thomas, Director of Investment Strategy at Wellington Management, the market has been engaging most on companies that might not pass the "going concern" test in the face of the first real growth shock we’ve seen since the GFC, and that these companies are seeing a massive increase to their discount rates. Wellington’s definition of solvency looks at the relative distance to a default (similar to the model used by credit-rating agencies).
Vontobel Quality Growth CIO Matthew Benkendorf and his team look for the best companies in the world and have brought them together in this highly concentrated global portfolio.
Active management and credit selection have never been more important, says Newfleet President and CIO David Albrycht.
We know that the outbreak of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is going to disrupt supply chains, reduce demand as well as slow economic activity and growth. All of these factors will have an impact on inflation.
As coronavirus fears rattle global markets, SGA remains focused on identifying sustainable growth businesses that can weather the storm and generate attractive revenue and earnings growth on a long-term basis.
Kayne Anderson Rudnick weighs in on the coronavirus situation, including a look back at the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic for insight on the longer-term economic impact.
Vontobel Asset Management, subadviser to the Virtus Vontobel Funds, has issued a statement in response to the impact of the coronavirus on global markets.
“The active managers that are going to be successful on a long-term basis…can truly stand out in a crowd.”
The high yield market continues to offer a compelling opportunity to investors.
Newfleet President and CIO David Albrycht discusses relative value opportunities in the bond market and why active management is so important.
The Virtus KAR Small-Cap Growth Fund is the subject of a Reuters feature highlighting the Fund’s strong performance over the last decade relative to all other stock mutual funds. Though currently closed to new investors, the fund remains open to defined contribution and defined benefit plans. Read the article for insights from the portfolio managers, Todd Beiley and Jon Christensen, who manage several small- and mid-cap portfolios at Kayne Anderson Rudnick.
Getting trustworthy information from companies on ESG issues is a major challenge for investors. Obtaining clean data can influence the capital allocation decisions that will, in turn, shape the industries and economies of tomorrow. The U.S. shale oil industry is an unlikely inspiration on how third-party verification can improve companies’ transparency on critical environmental issues.
A quick guide to why now may be a good time for investors to consider rebalancing their portfolios to mitigate drawdown risk.
Virtus’ 2019 thought leadership content illustrates how trends are shaping the markets and ways to address them. You will find actionable insights on issues influencing the equity, fixed income, and alternative markets to inform client conversations and portfolio allocation decisions.
The sources of volatility that were present in 2019 will carry forward to 2020. Despite the challenges, Newfleet believes that fixed income spread sectors will continue to offer better value than U.S. Treasuries and other government-related debt.
Frank Ossino, senior portfolio manager and sector head of the bank loan asset class at Newfleet, discusses prospects for bank loans heading into 2020.
Amid growing uncertainty, investors have shown greater interest in bond funds but must contend with a variety of risks as central banks around the world continue to implement unprecedented negative rate policies and the Federal Reserve remains accommodative. Here’s a guide to why active management matters.
A structurally flawed benchmark index has proven a fertile ground for active managers.
Amid concerns about rising debt, lower growth, declining rates, and easier money, an obscure and heterodox branch of economic theory is gaining traction. Here’s a guide to what investors should know.
After the FOMC cut rates, Fed Chair Powell said nope to NIRP (negative interest rate policy). But a return to ZIRP (zero interest rate policy) and more QE/forward guidance seem inevitable.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Momentum from the second quarter continued into the third quarter for the energy space, as North American energy infrastructure stocks rallied hard in July and the first half of August, jumping 12.65% (as measured by the Alerian MLP Index).
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.
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.