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  • June 26th, 2017 |

    Should Investors Fear the Market’s Lack of Fear?

    In the face of persistent political and economic uncertainty, the US equity market has remained notably calm, causing some investors to worry about the apparent lack of worry in the market. The VIX (CBOE Volatility Index), a popular barometer of market fear, currently stands at a nearly 24-year low. Research conducted by Gerstein Fisher has […]

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  • June 1st, 2017 |

    Fear of (Market) Heights

    US equity market valuations, many at all-time highs, are stoking investor fears of an impending correction. The notion of over/undervalued markets is a complicated one; research has found as many instances of markets continuing to appreciate well beyond “peak valuations” as instances of major corrections following such heights. Investors would be well served to avoid […]

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  • April 25th, 2017 |

    Do Small-Country Stocks Generate Bigger Returns?

    Research has shown that, when investing in foreign stocks, smaller countries (as measured by market capitalization) tend to outperform their larger peers; this is referred to as the small country effect. Investment strategies that attempt to closely track cap-weighted indexes can end up with a large-country bias given that the index is “top-heavy” (concentrated in […]

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  • March 15th, 2017 |

    TIPS, Inflation and Your Portfolio

    The specter of rising inflation rates has some investors questioning how to best allocate their assets to protect their long-term purchasing power. Treasury Inflation-Protected Securities (TIPS) are an instrument whose principal is adjusted based on changes in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), a key measure of inflation. Gerstein Fisher conducted research over several economic cycles […]

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  • December 8th, 2016 |

    Feeling Great about the Market Right Now? Time for Some Perspective

    Investors in US equities have enjoyed a good run in the markets recently, but returns from January 2000 to today give investors considerably less to cheer about (only 4.4% annualized for US stocks). When investor behavior and taxes are factored in the results are even more disappointing. While investors can neither predict nor control what […]

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