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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.
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.
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.
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.
Frank Ossino discusses potential benefits of the Virtus Newfleet Dynamic Credit ETF’s active approach and broad opportunity set.
The steep fall in oil prices in 2014-2015 caused pain for investors in energy infrastructure stocks and MLPs. Flash forward and the world is much brighter for energy as evidenced by secular growth, greater transparency, sustainable yields, and stronger corporate governance. Duff & Phelps walks through the fundamental changes that have transformed the investment outlook for the listed energy infrastructure sector.
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.
Even when investors abide by tried and true principles, success in the markets is hard because history never repeats. For example, value investing—buying stocks that are cheaper than the overall market—has been a winning strategy for much of the last century. Yet for much of the post-crisis era, growth investing has prevailed, thanks largely to technological innovation in the digital economy. Buying cheaper has not kept pace with chasing trends.
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.
“What Volatility? Growth-Fund Managers Strut” showcases the strong performance of the Virtus KAR Small-Cap Growth Fund for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Portfolio manager Todd Beiley discusses the fund’s time-tested strategy.
Industry leaders from select Virtus investment partners discuss their economic and market insights.
Market risk never disappears. Sometimes it’s hidden, sometimes it’s ignored. But risk—the potential for loss—is always present. Q1 2018 marked the first negative quarter for equity markets since 2015—only the second quarter out of the last 21. Down quarters are common, so this is not a normal state of affairs. Perhaps investors have become complacent as a result.
Bank loans are off to a good start in 2018, demonstrating their resiliency to the rising interest rate environment that is negatively impacting fixed-rate asset classes. Newfleet reinforces their view on the strategic reasons for owning bank loans as part of a fixed income portfolio.
Duff & Phelps’ International Equity portfolio team discusses the political and investment implications of Italy’s general election held on March 4, 2018, following dissolution of the country’s parliament in December 2017. No political party garnered an outright majority, resulting in a hung parliament.
Seix Investment Advisors believes there are a number of compelling reasons to invest in leveraged loans. In the current market environment, when most assets are trading near historically high levels, loans remain attractive on a risk-adjusted basis compared to other asset classes.
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.
Virtus' Chief Market Strategist Joe Terranova discusses various financial market and investment topics as we move through the final quarter of the year, including the importance of a diversification strategy.
Monthly market review podcast featuring Virtus' Chief Market Strategist Joe Terranova and Director of Investment Education Brian Portnoy, Ph.D., CFA.
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.
The high yield sector delivered another quarter of strong performance against a backdrop of improving fundamentals. At current valuation levels, there is limited potential for spread tightening.
Leveraged loans, producing mostly coupon-clipping returns, were also supported by good fundamentals. Retail fund flows have been modestly negative but offset by strong CLO creation, and a high probability of an interest rate hike in December which should
The third quarter saw a continued lack of market volatility, still-low long-term interest rates, and minimal progress on President Trump’s pro-growth legislative agenda. In the investment grade-taxable market, spread sectors continued to benefit from the insatiable search for yield. In the tax-exempt municipal bond market, limited supply and healthy demand has driven strong performance this year. As issues regarding tax reform are debated, more investors...
Stocks continued to march higher in the third quarter driven by low inflation, benign interest rates, and improving global earnings. The S&P 500 Index of large-cap stocks advanced 4.48% for the quarter, bringing the year-to-date return to 14.24%. Small-cap stocks, as measured by the Russell 2000 Index, did slightly better, advancing 5.67% in the quarter but are still trailing year...
Across the board, global equity markets registered positive returns for the third quarter of 2017. Emerging markets continued their bull run, outpacing their developed market counterparts. While growth has remained slower than politicians, central bankers, and citizens would like, the broader global macroeconomic backdrop is reasonably steady.
Over the last month, we have seen three Category 4 hurricanes make landfall in the United States: Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf coast, Hurricane Irma on the Florida Keys and Florida peninsula and Hurricane Maria on Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. This is an unprecedented occurrence and is expected to have far-reaching ramifications to the affected areas, national economy and insurance sector. Thus far however, effects in the municipal market have been relatively minor, though we could see fut
Since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on August 25, the impacts have been deeply felt at the economic and, more importantly, humanitarian levels. With approximately $1.0 billion of investments in midstream energy and MLP assets under management, Duff & Phelps’ Energy & MLP portfolio management and research team summarize their thoughts on the space, based on data available as of September 1, 2017.
What should be on investors’ minds as they sent their kids off to school in September and focus on their portfolios once again? Virtus Chief Market Strategist Joe Terranova discusses this and other timely investment topics with Brian Portnoy, Director of Investment Education in the latest monthly installment of the Virtus Vital Signs podcast.
On July 27, 2017, the U.K. Financial Conduct Authority announced its intention to phase out LIBOR by the end of 2021. What does this mean for financial products that use LIBOR as a reference rate, such as bank loans? Frank Ossino, Newfleet’s Bank Loan Sector Head, provides insight in a special commentary.
The last year has been interesting to say the least with the first half of 2017 a continuation of the “expect the unexpected” theme. From Brexit and the Trump election to the snap election in the UK earlier this year...
Every so often, markets get excited about the prospects for faster growth. This year is not different. Many analysts and media outlets have pounded the table on the notion that the global economy has entered a new synchronized expansion not seen since the financial crisis. Seix analyzed the data to determine the validity of this position.
In previous analysis, Rampart's momentum investing specialists showed there was a historically high level of inconsistency among sector leaders and laggards in 2016, an anomaly that drove disappointing performance across a number of momentum trading strategies. In this latest analysis, Rampart examines single stocks instead of sectors and sees signs that the fundamentals driving momentum-based strategies may be turning a corner.
Duff & Phelps has been positioning its international equity strategy in a more cyclical direction, with financials a particular area of focus. The first round of the French election shines a new light on positive fundamentals underpinning the European banking sector, which have rallied strongly in recent days.
As quality growth investors, Vontobel Asset Management believes in managing consistently through the market cycle in order to allow managements to deliver the growth their franchises are capable of while minimizing the risks of market timing.
In this special commentary, Newfleet offers observations and outlook on the post-election environment.
Joe Terranova, Virtus' chief market strategist, shares his thoughts on the financial markets in his quarterly review and outlook call.
Doug Foreman, CIO of Kayne Anderson Rudnick, discusses the performance of U.S. and foreign small-cap stocks in 2016 and the outlook for 2017.