“There’s no doubt that the pursuit of yield is bordering on a mania” says Jason Zweig, The Wall Street Journal‘s Personal Finance Columnist. Don’t miss Consuelo’s discussion when she asks Zweig about dangerous investor behavior and why he is concerned as investors are abandoning bonds and flocking to dividend-paying stocks.
WEALTHTRACK Episode #1006; Originally available online on August 02, 2013
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How would you describe the investment climate? How about “complicated”? According to Bloomberg news, that is how officials from one of Singapore’s sovereign wealth funds, GIC Pte put it in explaining why the more than $100 billion fund is “changing its investment strategy for the second time in three decades to be more flexible.” Here’s an excerpt from the Bloomberg article:
“In the past 30 years, if you put money into stocks or bonds, you just rode the wave of declining interest rates and made money,” Leslie Teo, chief economist at the sovereign wealth fund, said in an interview yesterday… “In the future, things won’t be so straightforward. Market returns will likely not be as high. Investors will need to be more nimble and skill-based active management may be an additional source of returns.”
Was investing during the last three decades really that simple and obvious? I don’t think so! One thing seems certain however- GIC’s emphasis on some active management is a minority position right now. Active management is not where most investors are heading, quite the opposite! Institutional and retail investors are fleeing active and going passive. This week’s WEALTHTRACK guest is balancing the two and is stepping out on a limb, for him, in putting clients into a couple of so called “unconstrained” bond funds because he recognizes the potential mind fields ahead.
He is Harold Evensky, President of the fee-only financial advisory firm, Evensky & Katz. He has been recognized as a top financial advisor by numerous publications, including Barron’s, Worth magazine and InvestmentNews. He has served on numerous financial professional boards, writes financial columns and papers, and is the author of several books including Wealth Management.
We are revisiting this interview with him during a fundraising week on public television. His strategies to navigate this complicated investment environment are worth hearing again.
Also worth hearing is our new interview with Financial Thought Leader, Jason Zweig, the must-read “The Intelligent Investor” columnist of The Wall Street Journal. In our EXTRA feature, he will explain why he is so worried about the choices investors are making as they switch out of bonds into stocks.
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