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Jun 26, 2017 Putting Bonds to Work in Our Portfolios

Flexible bond funds and floating-rate loan funds continue to make up over half of our clients’ fixed-income exposure. We anticipate their returns will far exceed those of core bonds, and recent portfolio performance has borne this out.

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Apr 20, 2017 Research Alliance Who You Callin' an Idiom?—Osterweis Capital Management

The financial media and many investors have been so focused on news headlines that they are missing the fact that economic growth is continuing to improve around the world.

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Mar 06, 2017 Research Alliance A Massive Liquidity Illusion

Gavekal Capital: Since the election we’ve heard the rally in stocks characterized as a “Trump Trade” or a “reflation” trade. We think there is a really important element missing from this analysis that could change very quickly over the next several weeks.

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Mar 01, 2017 Research Alliance High-Yield Bonds In Rising Rates

Morgan Stanley Investment Management: There are times when it might not pay to play it safe in the bond market, and one of those times is now, argues Richard Lindquist, the lead high-yield bond fund portfolio manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management.

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Feb 23, 2017 Research Alliance Playing Defense in High-Yield

MainStay Investments: Income is still hard to come by, and that challenge is now compounded by the very real threat to principal, experienced in a rising rate environment. Suddenly, volatility matters.

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Feb 22, 2017 Research Alliance Municipals: Location, Location, Location

MainStay Investments: It turns out that location applies to more than just real estate. Location matters for municipal bond portfolios, too, according to David Dowden, Portfolio Manager at MacKay Municipal Managers (subadvisor of several MainStay Funds).

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Feb 15, 2017 Research Alliance Convertibles: Sharp Handling of the Trump, Dow 20,000 Turns

MainStay Investments: We recently caught up with Portfolio Manager, Edward Silverstein, of the MacKay Shields’ Convertible Bond Team, who advises a 2016 Lipper Fund Award winner, MainStay Convertible Fund.

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Jan 23, 2017 Research Alliance Animal Spirits—Real or Ephemeral?

Osterweis Capital Management Fourth Quarter 2016 Fixed-Income Outlook: Investors have done well in 2016 to heed the words of Heraclitus, paraphrased, "Expect the unexpected."

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Jan 19, 2017 Litman Gregory Fourth Quarter Research Q&A

Each quarter, we hold a live webinar to address questions from clients about our investment views and current strategy. Among other topics, we discussed portfolio performance and our investment discipline, the key underpinnings of our strategic positioning, the performance of alternatives in 2016, and our thoughts on commodity-related investments.

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