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The Impact of Market Conditions on Active Equity

A confluence of shifts in the marketplace have contributed to net outflows in the professionally managed active equity space, particularly within US equities. As long-term investors, in our research we looked at the facts over the last two decades and discovered that lackluster excess returns from some active managers in recent years are easily tied to market cycles, which can, and do, shift. This study aims to help investors better understand the active returns they should expect across a range of market conditions, particularly as they begin to look beyond the current benign environment.


Can We Predict the Next Market Crash?

Although the Global Financial Crisis (GFC) of 2008 is almost a decade behind us, its ghost continues to haunt the investment landscape, particularly as risk markets reach new highs. For those searching for signs of the next crisis, the bricks in their wall of worry include, amongst others, high debt levels, tighter central bank policies, a hard landing in China, and heightened geopolitical uncertainty.

Q4 2017 Market Outlooks

PGIM’s asset managers provide outlooks for the current global economic landscape. Read more to find the investment trends and projections to look for as a result of macro trends and risk events.

Global Macro Matters: What's Up With Global Inflation?

In the first of a series, author Nathan Sheets, PhD outlines a compelling case for inflation expectations to be low, stable, and well anchored. This means that investors have good empirical reasons both for requiring low inflation compensation for holding bonds and for demanding relatively small compensation for inflation risk.


Revisiting The Role of Alternatives in Asset Allocation

From the US stock market’s bottom in March 2009 through December 2015, US broad market equity indices returned more than 200%, far surpassing the gains made in most alternative strategies. As a result, many institutional investors are finding themselves faced with the question: Why invest in alternative assets if they underperformed equities and cost significantly more than traditional strategies?