April 25th, 2017 | by Gregg S. Fisher, CFA, "Invest with Reason"
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 […]View Article
March 27th, 2017 | by Andrew Tanzer, CFA, "The Global Equation"
With talk of tax cuts coming from Washington, many investors are pondering the implications of lower taxes for their equity investments. Looking at long-term trends in tax rates (personal income and capital gains, specifically) and equity market performance, at first blush it appears that falling taxes coincide with rising stock prices. However, a closer examination […]View Article
March 15th, 2017 | by Gregg S. Fisher, CFA, "Invest with Reason"
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 […]View Article
February 17th, 2017 | by Andrew Tanzer, CFA, "The Global Equation"
US total public debt is poised to surpass $20 trillion. Over the past 20 years, this figure has quadrupled, far outstripping the rate of growth of the US economy. Due to prevailing low interest rates, the cost of maintaining even a significantly higher debt has actually fallen relative to total federal spending over this period. […]View Article
February 2nd, 2017 | by Andrew Tanzer, CFA, "The Global Equation"
Recent dips in market indexes have some wondering if the Trump “honeymoon” for stocks is over; some investors are bracing themselves for a possible market correction during Trump’s tenure in office. Research on market cycles tells us a correction will occur, but we can’t be sure of the timing, nor should investors try to guess […]View Article