Written by David Fabian, October 03rd, 2017
One of the latest stories making the rounds on social media is that Warren Buffett is willing to wager (once again) that an index fund can beat active management over a 10-year time horizon. Buffett made this bet with a prominent hedge fund manager nearly a decade ago with the proceeds going to a charity of the winners choosing. He handily beat his first opponent and now another contender wants to take a shot at “The Oracle of Omaha”. Read the complete post here on CNBC for all the details on this potential match-up. Read more
Written by David Fabian, August 29th, 2017
The influx of capital into exchange-traded funds has prompted many active managers to take a hard look at their business models. The old days of high-fee mutual funds, hedge funds, and separate accounts are becoming harder to justify. Investors want transparency, they want liquidity, and they want low-cost.
Those are the hallmarks of the exchange-traded fund platform. It’s why companies like BlackRock and Vanguard have expanded their asset management businesses by hundreds of billions of dollars over the last several years. This is a freight train of capital moving in virtually one direction with no signs of slowing down.
Read the complete article at NASDAQ.com
Written by David Fabian, July 22nd, 2017
I’ve always been a big fan of actively managed bond funds as a way for investors to access risk managed or alpha-generating strategies. Unlike active stock pickers, the best managers from the likes of PIMCO, DoubleLine, Guggenheim, and Loomis Sayles have proven track records of adding value for their investors versus a passive benchmark. Fixed-income is still one of those asset classes where sector positioning, duration targeting, and credit selection can make a huge impact on net returns.
Look back through my blog and you will see numerous references to some of my favorite funds like the DoubleLine Total Return Bond Fund (DBLTX) or the PIMCO Income Fund (PONDX). We have owned both for our clients and in our own accounts for years. Read more
Written by David Fabian, July 15th, 2017
We’ve finally hit peak “FANG”. The acronym used to describe a handful of high growth stocks including Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google. It’s a way for market watchers and CNBC aficionados to easily reference these big winners without overtaxing their jaw muscles.
All four of these household names have gained more than 30% over the last 52-weeks. Their momentum has become so unstoppable that someone felt it would be a good idea to create an ETF geared specifically towards this theme. Read more
Written by David Fabian, June 13th, 2017
ETF investors have wholeheartedly embraced the transparency and low-cost of passively managed investment vehicles. Billions of dollars every year since the great financial crisis have left the obfuscated world of high-priced mutual funds and transitioned into index-based ETFs.
This rotation is almost entirely based on the foundation that you know exactly what you own, why you own it, and what the minimal expenses will be. There is a comfort and reliability that the fund will perform to an exacting standard with very little deviation from its benchmark.