CLS Blog

Demystifying Liquid Alternatives

May 17, 2018

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager One of our latest investment themes, Be Creative, emphasizes the use of alternative assets in portfolios. Alternatives is a broad and often confusing category of investments that encompasses unique assets, such as commodities, and alternative strategies, often called liquid alternatives, packaged in a systematic way. Some…

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Time to Be Active

May 16, 2018

Content provided by Michael Hadden, Junior Research Analyst Now that summer is around the corner, I assume it’s safe to say most New Year’s resolutions have fallen to the wayside. For many, myself included, that resolution involved getting to the gym and being more active. And while I haven’t been great at making it to…

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Reason to Invest Internationally #18: Wider Opportunity Set

May 3, 2018

Content Provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager As you may know, we have written a great whitepaper named “Why International: The Case for International Investing,” which highlights 17 reasons why investing internationally is ‘always’ a good idea, not just now when relative valuations are so attractive. Although 17 seems like a lot, I am…

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10 Years Later: Lessons Learned from the Global Financial Crisis

April 20, 2018

Content provided by Rusty Vanneman, CFA, CMT, Chief Investment Officer Question: Ten years have passed since the onset of the financial crisis. What about the past decade has changed your thinking about the economy, financial markets, or investing?  While I honestly think most of my investment philosophy and approach remains essentially the same, there are degrees of emphasis that have…

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Market-ology: Filling out Brackets and Navigating Financial Markets

March 29, 2018

Content provided by Mark Matthews, Investment Research Analyst “Your biggest opponent isn’t the other guy. It’s human nature.” — Bobby Knight, retired basketball coach. For basketball fans around the country, St. Patrick’s Day marked the start of March Madness — and it has certainly been a wild one. A 16-seed beat a 1-seed for the…

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March 21, 2018

Content provided by Mike Forker, Chief Compliance Officer Late last week, the DOL fiduciary rule was addressed by the courts. Here are the main takeaways you need to know. On Thursday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision that vacated the Department of Labor’s (DOL) fiduciary rule.  The ultimate fate of the rule…

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Three Reasons Not to Get the Jitters about Market Volatility

February 23, 2018

Content provided by Joe Smith, CFA, Senior Market Strategist The first quarter of 2018 has so far seen a bout of market volatility that in some ways is long overdue. At the end of January, markets began to move — falling from slightly positive to near-correction territory by early February. Although much of the sell-off…

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A Perfectly Natural, Normal Thing

February 15, 2018

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager To quote someone that I’ve learned quite a bit from, you and I are a perfectly natural, normal thing. Perfectly natural. — Jim Levenstein, American Wedding (2003) We knew the historically low levels of volatility couldn’t last forever. It wasn’t normal and bound to end. We experienced…

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What Should Investors Read?

February 2, 2018

  Content provided by Jackson Lee, CFA, Quantitative Investment Research Analyst Over the past couple of decades, advancements in technology have made a positive impact on the investment industry. For average investors, one of the biggest benefits is the availability and accessibility of data and information. Thanks to the advent of mobile devices, investors now…

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2017 Markets in Review: Cryptoassets, Market Highs, and Value vs Growth

January 25, 2018

Content provided by Mark Matthews, Investment Research Analyst While short on market volatility, 2017 suffered no shortage of excitement. Major U.S. indices went on a tear with both the S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) setting all-time record highs. However, the biggest theme of 2017 was the breakout year in cryptoassets. Cryptoassets took…

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