Perspectives

3 Investment Options for Rising Interest Rates

Market News - January 30, 2017

US interest rates have moved higher since Donald Trump’s surprising victory, boosted by the prospect of expansionary fiscal stimulus, aggressive tax cuts and protectionist policies under his new administration. While many are pointing to Trump's election as the driver, rates have actually been moving up since July on the potential for an improving economy. But have rates moved up too far and too fast? And what are the potential implications for stocks, bonds...

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7 Things to Know About the Future of Responsible Investing

Market News - November 4, 2016

ESG will be a Normal Part of Fiduciary Duty Over several decades, environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations have staked a real claim in the contemporary definition of fiduciary duty. Many countries are reviewing the scope of fiduciary duty with an eye to ESG requirements. For investors, the long-term implications are clear; ESG will become a fully accepted part of fiduciary duty. Sooner rather than later, trustees, agents and advisors will be called upon...

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Dividends Essential Investing in a Low Growth Market

Market News - August 25, 2016

Old fashioned dividend stocks are having a moment. Equity markets have tripled since 2009, but investors have scant sources of income with government bond yields at record lows. Therefore, if investors are not thinking about income dividends and growth as a component of total return then they aren’t considering the full story. Going back to the 1920’s, nearly half of the return from holding US equities has come from the contribution of dividends...

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