Wealth Management

Amidst higher interest rates, achieving alpha and managing risk in corporate credit necessitates a nuanced approach. Josh Lohmeier of Franklin Templeton Fixed Income unveils a dynamic portfolio construction method adaptable to diverse investor profiles and market conditions. 


In the current interest rate landscape, sophisticated techniques are essential for capturing alpha with improved downside protection. Alongside meticulous bottom-up security selection, a systematic quantitative portfolio construction process can potentially yield consistent excess returns uncorrelated with peer benchmarks. 


By segmenting the opportunity set based on volatility and strategically positioning along the yield curve, investors can optimize risk allocation and enhance portfolio returns. This adaptable portfolio construction framework offers a repeatable process with consistently positive outcomes, emphasizing the importance of diversification across managers and fixed income portfolios.

Finsum: Quantitative approaches can deliver a more resilient portfolio in times of increased volatility.

Opting to switch broker dealers is typically a last-resort decision, stirring discomfort among advisors. The mere contemplation of change signifies a threshold of considerable discomfort. There are various catalysts for this discomfort, with the top three reasons for advisors to consider such a move descending as follows:


  1. Advisors increasingly require practice management and marketing aid from broker/dealers as they expand their practices and seek to optimize efficiency.
  2. Advisors prioritize broker/dealers offering innovative technology solutions such as electronic signatures and paperless office systems.
  3. Advisors explore broker/dealers offering higher payouts, lower expenses, and more favorable administrative fees to maximize profitability.

Despite the challenges, the landscape of over 500 Independent Broker/Dealers presents ample opportunities for advisors seeking change, with the potential for greener pastures elsewhere.

Finsum: Tech advancements are offering new advisors a plethora of reasons to consider a transition because they can improve both efficiency and client relationships. 

There has been widespread adoption of separately managed accounts starting in the mid  2000s. The rationale for managing fixed income assets in this manner remains pertinent today: transparency, flexibility, transaction cost management, and active management are paramount in fixed-income investing. 

SMAs offer tailored portfolio management to meet clients’ fixed-income objectives, including tax management, income production, and specific investment restrictions, setting them apart from pooled vehicles like mutual funds and ETFs. The growth in SMAs for fixed income has been remarkable, with assets in SMA municipal fixed-income investments expanding from $100 billion in 2008 to $718 billion by Q2 2023, according to Citi Research. 

The advantages of SMAs, such as enhanced customization and efficiency, have fueled their increasing adoption by investors seeking precise control and personalized solutions in managing their fixed-income portfolios.

Finsum: Tailored financial products deliver a more personalized client experience and SMAs provide an avenue to improved relationships.


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