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Reassess risk as interest rates creep up
Michael P. Wands, CFA
April 27, 2016
Historically when the Fed raises rates, Treasury rates have tended to move higher — a dynamic that poses risk to today's benchmark-oriented portfolios. Read more
Don’t underestimate this economy
Despite worrisome headlines about the economy, recent data show only a modest loss of momentum.
Constrained credit threatens growth
Stock market rallies often need to climb a wall of worry, and we see that wall getting higher.
How alts have performed in the long run
Comparing the long-term returns and volatility of alternative investments can provide clues on their potential for diversifying a portfolio.
The fixed-income risks that we favor
We see more attractive fixed income risks outside of interest rates, in part because U.S. economic growth may warrant more rate hikes by the Fed.
Value opportunities gain traction in turmoil
Beneath dire headlines about plunging markets, we are seeing value opportunities assert themselves.
Get ready for 2016 with a glance at 2015
Markets offered a number of surprises in 2015 — quickly catch up on major events and the thinking of Putnam portfolio managers with this dynamic timeline.
Shedding light on alternatives
Classifying alternative investment strategies by objective can help to illuminate the benefits they offer to portfolio diversification.
Tilting toward risk assets
Despite ominous headlines, economic growth appears reasonably stable, which may be supportive of risk assets.
Assembling the global growth mosaic
Putnam's macroeconomic research identifies factors that point to continued weakness in the long-term growth potential of several major developed countries.
New research road tests alternatives
New Putnam research offers insights to help to set performance expectations for alternative strategies under actual market conditions.
Markets sharpen focus on fundamentals
Concerns linger that the causes of the August market selloff could continue to trouble markets, but it's important to consider fundamentals.
Why a bond allocation still matters
With some investors questioning the merits of maintaining a bond allocation, our investigation of asset correlations provides insights.
Innovation is a major driver of growth
Our analysis of TFP — Total Factor Productivity — gives us confidence that innovation can sustain long-term economic growth at pre-2008 levels.
Corporate profits: Looking beyond headwinds
Energy sector struggles and the strong dollar are likely to continue to weigh on earnings.
A surprising shortage in housing
Home construction is falling behind the pace of new household formation, creating an imbalance between housing supply and demand.
Headwinds buffet emerging-market debt
Higher interest rates can challenge any fixed-income market, but rate increases in advanced economies can cause particular difficulty for emerging markets.
Why energy prices may stay weak
While energy consumption had been relatively stable in the developed world, supply has continued to expand.
Don’t expect a “heads up” from the Fed
The Fed’s rate hike will probably come without warning.
Be selective in emerging markets
The picture in emerging markets is vastly different today than in the mid- to late-1990s, when nearly all EM countries issued debt in U.S. dollars.
The views and opinions expressed are those of the speaker, are subject to change with market conditions, and are not meant as investment advice.