Monthly Archives: March 2014

Smart Beta Can Be Smart But Is Not New

2015-11-13T03:49:11+00:00 Mar 2014|Asset Allocation, Equities|

I held off writing about smart beta strategies as long as I could. The world, after all, is awash in such pieces. I couldn’t ignore it any longer, though, because virtually every piece I’ve read that’s critical of smart beta misses one fundamental point: The term “smart beta” may be new (and has certainly been effective from a marketing perspective) but the underlying strategies themselves are not.

Do Corporate Bonds Add Value in Portfolios?

2016-01-11T16:41:34+00:00 Mar 2014|Asset Allocation, Fixed Income|

I frequently get asked about the merits of corporate bonds, both investment-grade (IG) and high-yield (HY), relative to government and municipal bonds. I don’t believe the risk-return profile for long-term investors (particularly taxable individual investors) is improved by owning IG or HY corporate bonds compared with simply owning a diversified portfolio of stocks and high-quality government bonds.