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Defensive Equity

How Defensive Equity Preserves Capital When it’s Needed Most

October 10, 2020

We’ve covered the potential benefits of defensive equity strategies at length in previous papers, and their increasing market presence over the past decade is testament to their demand from asset...

How Eliminating Constraints Improves Minimum Volatility Indexes

September 30, 2020

As we covered in our previous blog post, minimum volatility indexes are notably more complex than cap-weighted, or even many common style indexes. But they are still designed to be straightforward...

What You Should Know About Minimum Volatility Indexes

September 25, 2020

In a previous paper, Making Sense of Defensive Equity Indexes, we provided an overview of the defensive equity benchmark options from the major index providers. We noted that these indexes can vary...

Is the Retirement Income Triple Play Possible?

September 3, 2020

Retirement income investors using a diversified portfolio need 1.) capital growth to keep up with inflation and reduce longevity risk, 2.) lower volatility to sustain portfolio life by moderating...

Two Conflicting Risks You Need to Navigate in Retirement

August 27, 2020

Just as the skill set for climbing a mountain differs from descending it, accumulating assets is very different from generating retirement income. In accumulation, your participants seek to maximize...

Will the SECURE Act Dispel Illusions of Wealth?

August 18, 2020

The 401(k) started as a tax-deferred supplemental savings plan over 40 years ago. Since that time, industry professionals have fashioned it as a retirement plan, yet participant education mostly...

What are the Best Ways to Measure Defensive Equity Strategies?

May 13, 2020

Methods for quantifying expectations and results of any active manager can be far from straightforward. But evaluating defensive equity strategies requires a statistical toolbox that may vary further...

6 Things About Defensive Equity You Need to Know

May 5, 2020

In the midst of the first major market correction since the Global Financial Crisis, the appeal of defensive equity strategies seems obvious. But the proliferation within this category over the past...

3 Things to Look for in a Defensive Equity Strategy

April 29, 2020

Challenging equity markets have renewed interest in defensive equity investing – an important way to add resiliency to a portfolio. Such strategies bear a myriad of names: low volatility, managed...

5 of the Most Common Questions About Defensive Equity Investing

March 26, 2020

This year’s drawdown has invited a number of inbound questions about defensive equity investing from both clients and consultants. We thought we’d take a moment to answer five of the most common...