Treasury Bond Contrarian
Our guest is taking on the Wall Street consensus. The overwhelming sentiment from economists, analysts and strategists is that the great bond bull market, particularly in U.S. Treasuries, is over. Treasury bonds have been described as extremely overvalued, risky and undesirable. Not so says global bond manager Robert Kessler. He is sticking with his decade long, bullish view on Treasuries and says the Federal Reserve is in “no position to raise interest rates.”
As investors’ move in droves to passive, low cost index funds, one veteran money manager is sounding the alarm. Wintergreen Fund’s David Winters says index funds are a dangerous market mania, akin to other market bubbles.
Investors are abandoning traditional, actively managed mutual funds in favor of “passive” index funds, particularly exchanged traded funds, or ETFs. Wall Street has taken note and is offering a wide variety of ETFs to attract investment money. How do you tell the difference between a good ETF and a bad one? When is it better to invest in an ETF? When is a traditional mutual fund the wiser choice? ETF experts Matt Hougan, CEO of ETF.com, a leading ETF research firm and Matthew Peron, head of Global Equity at giant wealth management firm, Northern Trust provide the answers you need to make the best investment decisions on this tenth season premiere.
If perception is nine-tenths of reality then Wall Street has a problem. According to recent polls, just 21% of Americans view Wall Street favorably, while 33% have negative opinions. Are these feelings justified? That is the question we posed in this week’s EXTRA interview.
Our guest is Jason DeSena Trennert, Chairman of Strategas Research Partners and a 27 year Wall Street veteran of both major investment firms and independent ones. He is also the author of the just published MY SIDE OF THE STREET: Why Wolves, Flash Boys, Quants, and Masters of the Universe Don’t Represent the Real Wall Street.
Plus, new this week, research from Morningstar shows that investors are driving fund expenses lower. According to their recent study, 95% of all flows over the past decade have gone into funds in the lowest-cost quintile. Needless to say passive funds have benefited the most. The entire fund industry is paying attention. Over the past five years, 63% of the fund share classes and exchange-traded products in Morningstar’s universe reduced their expense ratios. Only 21% increased their takes.