Weekly Market Review
In this recap, we summarize market performance and market moving news from the prior week.
In the ongoing debate about active versus passive investing, one thing has become clear: the considerations are quite different for equity and fixed income strategies—and there are compelling reasons to choose active for fixed income. Historically, the majority of passive fixed income strategies have fallen into the bottom half of their Morningstar categories. Furthermore, most active fixed income managers have been able to provide excess returns relative to their passive counterparts.
Often, outperformance is achieved by increasing portfolio risk, however evidence suggests that is not the case for the largest fixed income categories. Using the same methodology as the performance analysis, the Sharpe ratios show the majority of top-quartile active managers offered a better risk/return profile than the average passive manager. In areas that are typically more volatile, such as bank loans and world bonds, managing the ups and downs is even more important—and these are some of the sectors where active managers most significantly outpaced their passive peers.
Read the full paper to understand key drivers of the Fixed Income Active Advantage.
Risk Information—Investing involves risk. Some investments are riskier than others. The investment return and principal value will fluctuate, and shares, when sold, may be worth more or less than the original cost. Diversification does not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. These risks may increase a fund’s share price volatility. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate risk, and their value will decline as interest rates rise. High yield bonds, known as junk bonds, are subject to a high level of credit and market risk. Unlike other investment vehicles, US government securities and US Treasury bills are backed by the full faith and credit of the US government, are less volatile than equity investments, and provide a guaranteed return of principal at maturity. Foreign securities are subject to currency fluctuation and political uncertainty; emerging markets are subject to greater volatility and price declines; and foreign currency may change in value relative to other currencies. International investing can expose investors to certain geographic and economic sectors, thereby increasing vulnerability to a single economic, political, or regulatory development. Actively managed portfolios may carry additional risks, such as that analyses performed cannot always predict outcomes, that the investment techniques applied do not have the expected results, and that external factors can change the course of investment performance. The fees associated with active management may be higher than those associated with passive strategies. Asset allocation and diversification do not assure a profit or protect against loss in declining markets. There is no guarantee an investment’s objective will be achieved.
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