Strong Performance by Rate Reset Issues Propelled Preferred Shares to a Robust Return in June

Strong performance by rate reset issues propelled the S&P/TSX Preferred Share index to a robust 2.84% return in June. Rising bond yields led to increased buying interest in rate reset shares, but growth in preferred share Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) were also a factor. Approximately $260 million of new deposits flowed into the largest ETFs,…

Time to Prepare Portfolios for Volatility’s Return?

All has been relatively quiet across global markets for some time now. Except for a few short-lived volatility flare-ups, stocks have been climbing higher in many markets. In fact, the U.S. stock market, as measured by the S&P 500®,1 was up more than 15%* for the one-year period ending June 1, 2017, while the STOXX Europe…

Following Strong Gains Earlier in the Year, Investors Pull Back from Preferred Share Market in May

In last month’s commentary, we noted the potential for the preferred share market to consolidate during May, and that is what transpired, as the S&P/TSX Preferred Share index returned -1.67%. Following strong gains earlier in the year, investors appeared to pull back from the market leading to declines in prices of most issues. The weakness…

What’s Ahead for Stocks and Bonds in Second Half of 2017?

What markets have room to grow? When might volatility reappear? How do bonds look relative to equities for the next six months? Where are the opportunities? Varying views on global markets are expressed by investment professionals from across Natixis Global Asset Management in this midyear outlook. OUR PANEL RESPONSES DAVID G. HERRO CFA® Deputy Chairman,…

Retirement, Death, and Taxes. Are Investors Prepared for the Inevitable?

It’s been said that the only certainties in life are death and taxes. But now, as individuals are accountable for a greater share of post-work income, retirement is a third certainty that must be factored into long-term financial success. Despite this, many respondents in our 2017 Global Survey of Individual Investors are not taking all…

Interesting Times: What the Shift from Monetary to Fiscal Policy May Mean for Stocks

By: Dan Hughes The U.S. economy has added jobs for over 77 months in a row. Unemployment is at the lowest levels seen post-World War II. In many parts of the country, there is a shortage of skilled labor. In sum, the economy is doing well. With the S&P 500® up 15.75% for the one-year period…

Understanding the U.K. Snap Election Results

By: Lynda Coye – Josh Pritchard British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a “snap election” on June 8 – but the results were, to say the least, not what she and fellow members of her Conservative Party expected. The basics Under the United Kingdom’s parliamentary system of government, voters do not elect the prime minister…

The Long Bull Run: Is It Too Late for Investors to Consider Stocks?

DAVID LAFFERTY, CFA® Senior Vice President and Chief Market Strategist Natixis Global Asset Management — U.S. Distribution Global equity markets have now entered the ninth year of their rally off the March 2009 bottom. “How long can the equity rally last?” is the most frequent question we get from clients and advisors. In one recent…

Brexit Update: One Year After the UK Voted to Leave the EU

TRACEY E. FLAHERTY Senior Vice President, Government Relations and Retirement Strategy Natixis Global Asset Management It’s been a year since voters in the United Kingdom surprised the world by voting to take their leave of the European Union. In March 2017, Prime Minister Theresa May invoked Article 50 of the Treaty of the European Union,…

Actively Combating Portfolio Volatility

Has the relative stability of market returns in recent years lulled clients into a false sense of security about passive investing? According to institutional investors and wholesale portfolio managers (i.e., those who manage portfolios for certain insurance investment platforms, fund-of-fund solutions and third-party asset management platforms), this could be a significant issue facing individuals when…