Latest Healthcare Cost Analysis Shows Individual Market Trends in Line With Employer Trends! – Part 1

There are many in the healthcare market who have speculated that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was doomed to fail due to high-cost individuals with pre-existing conditions driving up the average cost of care, while the healthy population that needed to support the cost of care for the sick remained on the sidelines with little-to-no Read more […]

It’s Now Easier to Strengthen Your Core With Municipal Bonds

We all know we should work on and improve our core, but how many of us have the discipline to do it?  I interviewed two financial advisors who are strengthening their core by using municipal bond indices and the ETFs that track them. Matt Papazian is founding partner and CIO at Cardan Capital Partners of Read more […]

Are You Looking for Outperforming Funds?

When one is paying management fees for the investment in active funds, one might reasonably expect the funds to outperform benchmarks and resist downturn when the market is volatile.  However, results from our S&P Indices Versus Active (SPIVA®) Scorecards[1] suggest this expectation is often not met.  SPIVA reports across different regions, including the U.S., Canada, Read more […]

SPIVA® Europe Mid-Year 2016: Performance of Active Managers Has Been Disappointing This Year

European equity markets fared poorly over the one-year period ending June 30, 2016, with the S&P Europe 350® decreasing 10.47%.  This underwhelming performance was brought on by heightened volatility following the U.K.’s vote to exit the European Union, as well as the negative interest rate policy in Europe.  Normally, these conditions might be considered ideal Read more […]

Crude Reality of Enhanced and Excess Returns

(“Excess Return” does not mean any additional return on the ETF’ s performance) is a footnote in an ETF provider’s investment objective about an ETF that tracks the S&P GSCI Crude Oil Excess Return.  That disclaimer is true but never explains what excess return means in terms of additional performance.  After all, excess means more, and Read more […]

A long time coming: Real estate moves out from under the shadow of financials – Part 2

Interest rates have influenced the performance of REITs relative to bank shares Interest rates have a strong influence on equity REIT performance, as evidenced by the graphic below, which displays the relationship between the 10-year Treasury yield and the relative performance of the S&P 500 Banks Index to the S&P 500 Real Estate Investment Trusts Read more […]

Millennials and the Investment Shift

Lately, it seems like millennials have been everywhere: in the news, peppered throughout pop culture, and a serious topic of debate among the investment and financial landscape. So—who are the millennials and why do they matter?  What impact will their wealth and world views have on sustainable investing? “Millennials” refers to the generation born between Read more […]

An Index with a Scary Name and a Serious Return

Passive investors do not buy and sell single securities, but they are often active in another way, in their search for indices that provide compelling return profiles. This is why I’m befuddled that a certain index – which is up 300% over the past 5 years – attracts so little attention. I have a few Read more […]

Water Risk for Business – Three Key Questions

Water crises are the top societal global risk in terms of impact, according to The World Economic Forum’s Global Risk Report 2016. There is of course no lack of water; the risk is around availability of fresh water which constitutes just 2.5% of the world’s water. This has broadly been the case for millennia – Read more […]

Most Major Islamic Indices Have Outperformed Conventional Benchmarks in 2016

Most S&P Dow Jones Indices Shariah-compliant benchmarks outperformed their conventional counterparts through the end of September 2016, with financials—which is largely absent from Islamic indices—significantly underperforming and information technology—which tends to be overweight in Islamic indices—performing well (see Exhibit 1). The S&P Global BMI Shariah and Dow Jones Islamic Market World Index each gained 6.4% Read more […]