Our guests in 2019 came armed with invaluable lessons for your practice and your clients alike. If you’re new to the podcast or simply looking for some inspiration, this episode should act as a great refresher to jump start ideas as we enter 2020.
We’re joined by four BMO colleagues who work with financial advisors on a daily basis. Together, they share the information and ideas that stuck with them – and the advisors they work with – long after they listened to the show.
At the Excel 401(k) conference in October 2019, we heard from a panel of advisors who managed to double their business in a relatively short time. How did they do it, and what ideas can you implement to help your practice grow at a faster rate?
Our panelists, David Griffin of Atlanta Retirement Plans, Jania Stout of Hightower, and Robert Scherzer of Pensionmark, discuss what they learned on their path to 2x, including how they conquered the challenge of growing so rapidly.
Few political earthquakes come as big as this one. Boris Johnson has defied his critics and skeptics, including many in his own Party, and redrawn the political map of the UK. It is no small triumph that will become part of British folklore. It takes the Conservative electoral support back to the Thatcher years whilst wrenching seats from Labour that had, in many cases, been regarded as untouchable since the 1930s.
Industry veterans Ian Fowler and Adam Wheeler describe the dramatic evolution of private credit markets and explain why quality of earnings and varied definitions of ‘senior’ risk could be at the center of the next credit market storm.
U.S. economic data surprised to the upside in December with strong employment and growth results and the Fed remained on hold as expected. Progress on tariffs and U.K. election results lowered geopolitical noise for the time being. These developments led to continued improvement in risk sentiment.
While questions surrounding the pace of U.S. economic growth linger, how can investors distinguish recession risks from market myths? Read Chief Investment Officer Sean Clark's 2020 Market Outlook commentary to see what risks and opportunities investors face in the year ahead.
Uncovering relative value across high yield in 2020 may require looking in less obvious places.
Against the backdrop of a continuing bull market in equities, investor uncertainty has increased with a number of key economic and geopolitical risks, resulting in rising market volatility.
Investors have logically sought to de-risk* portfolios, and given the low interest rate environment, they have rotated significant amounts of money into defensive equities, resulting in stretched valuations for certain pockets of these stocks. At the same time, equity upside remains attractive as accommodative policy and the potential for trade resolution between the U.S. and China could support future gains. As a result, investors now face three competing objectives: how to de-risk portfolios, without overpaying for defensive equities, while maintaining equity upside.
At a celebration of the three-centuries’ long relationship between the United States and France last spring in Baltimore, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford (R) proclaimed, “The history of Maryland is intertwined with France.” While the lieutenant governor was most likely referring to French immigration to Maryland beginning in the mid-1700s that has created a vibrant “French Town” in Baltimore, the nation and the state seem to still have a lot in common: to the chagrin of other governments, both are pursuing a digital services tax (DST).
Short-maturity U.S. Treasury yields fell slightly last week, while longer maturities were unchanged. Rates rose early in the week before inflation data and negative trade news shifted momentum.