Global Perspectives

  • Keeping Portfolio Balance in Election-Driven Market Volatility

    Electoral surprises spur stock and bond market turbulence, but sensibly diversified and balanced portfolios don’t depend on political outcome.

  • Accounting’s Mistreatment of Intangible Assets Distorts Equity Market Valuations

    Intangible assets comprise some four-fifths of S&P 500 companies’ total value, but they don’t show up in balance sheet and valuation analysis unadjusted. About that growth-to-value market rotation…

  • Fed Fuels Record High-Yield Bond Market Issuance and Investor Inflows

    Amid a massive return since the March low, the default rate has nearly tripled from year-ago levels as recovery rates deteriorate. “Kicking the can down the road” as vulnerability grows.

Investing is inherently complex. U.S. Treasury yields far below longer-term averages and compressed credit market spreads make fixed income challenging. Equity can generate attractive returns, and considerable volatility. Market Insights is Thornburg’s window into how we think about risk, reward and the myriad factors that drive risk-adjusted returns.

Market Selloff Goes Viral, Injecting More Value into Prices

Coronavirus-induced market volatility is another in a long string of blows to the global economic recovery. But investors should look through the disruptions for free-cash-flow companies with healthy balance sheets and resilient, if not robust earnings.

Parsing Long/Short Equity Liquid Alts Performance, Fees and Net Exposures

Investors interested in long/short equity mutual funds would be well advised to consider more than their much-more competitive fees vs. private hedge fund peers. To genuinely hedge the long components of a portfolio, look for lower net long exposures in a long/short equity allocation, and added value on the short side even in rising equity markets.

Guess What Delivered in Spades in Thornburg’s Internal 2017 Global 3 Stock/Security Competition?

At the beginning of every year, a number of investment professionals at Thornburg voluntarily place their informal, internal-only bets on which three securities—from stocks to currencies or other financial assets—might together produce the best beta-adjusted returns in the year ahead. In 2017, the winner was Sean Sun, whose three picks included bitcoin. The cryptocurrency skyrocketed last year, of course, helping Sean win the prizeless competition by a wide margin.

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