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Are Buybacks a Good Investment Practice?

By Nasdaq Global Information ServicesThere are many ways in which owning shares of publicly-listed companies can generate wealth; most typically it is through stock price appreciation. Two other important forms of wealth generation include dividends and stock buybacks. Highly successful companies can sometimes reach a position where they are generating more cash than they can reasonably reinvest in the business. During the financial crisis of 2008, investors pressured companies...

Oechsli Says RIAs Grow Mostly Through Relationship Marketing

Matt Oechsli, CEO of The Oechsli Institute discusses his research and coaching of elite advisors and their methods to grow, service and perform the necessary multidimensional components of a successful advisory business.

Russell’s Spina Talks Hybrid Model Solutions For Advisors

Mark Spina, Head of Advisor Business, Russell Investments and Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel, discuss Russell's recent success working with advisors on model portfolios utilizing ETFs, mutual funds and alternative investments. Spina describes the advisor ecosystem in working with portfolio managers, advisors and ultimately clients to customize solutions that best match client financial goals within certain risk profiles. Russell has been in business since 1936 and is...

Goldman Sachs’ Imprint Deal Shows ESG’s Potential

When John Goldstein sold his Imprint Capital to Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 2015, he took it as a sign that his 8 years in the trenches of the ESG investment world helped lead a quiet revolution in do-good portfolio management. The bulge bracket was not only listening to the big institutional investor, but also to independent advisors who were increasingly finding clients inquiring about so-called impact investing. One...

ThirtyNorth Celebrates Anniversary of ESG Strategy

Suzanne Mestayer, Managing Principal, ThirtyNorth Investments talks with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel about founding her now more than $130 million and growing RIA business. With a focus on gender-lens investing, ThirtyNorth is now celebrating their one year anniversary of their "Women Impact Strategy". This separately managed account identifies 50 of the top 500 global companies leading in gender diversity that also indicate factors of strong value and...

ESG Concerns Dog Commingled OCIO Model

By Alyson Velati July 13, 2017 Outsourced CIO (OCIO) Investure has recently come under scrutiny again from clients as they seek to better align their investments with their missions. One of Investure’s clients, the $286.8 million Barnard College Endowment, is evaluating its relationship following its announcement to divest from fossil fuel, says Rob Goldberg, chief operating officer of the college, via email.“Barnard College’s endowment is managed by Investure and has been...

For Research Affiliates, Bigger Not Always Better

Bigger is not always better, says John West, head of client strategies at Research Affiliates in Newport Beach, California. The 15 year old firm created by Rob Arnott and Chris Brightman works with other investment firms like Invesco for product development and distribution. Research Affiliates was one of the first firms to stake their claim to the smart beta movement, if you will, launching a tradable index in 2005....

JP Morgan Drives Growth Via Portfolio Construction Services For Advisors

J.P. Morgan’s Portfolio Service: A Look Into Their ‘Secret Sauce’Every investment firm has their own proprietary models for investing, their own secret sauce if you will. J.P. Morgan’s portfolio insights team is designed to give investment advisors a glimpse not into J.P. Morgan’s individual mutual funds and models, but into better, smarter portfolio construction…J.P. Morgan-style. For advisors who like the way this classic investment bank thinks about markets, then...

Oppenheimer Delivers For Revenue Seekers

 David Mazza, Head of Beta Solutions and ETF Specialists at OppenheimerFunds recently sat down with RIA Channel CEO Julie Cooling to discuss their newest ETF offerings and what they are focused on in the burgeoning smart beta investing space. The takeaway: revenue.“We take all securities in the S&P 500 and weight them not by market cap, but by revenues,” he says. “It avoids some of the biases that a...

Pfister’s Outsourced CIO Model Delivers Alpha As Core

Dick Pfister, Founder & CEO, AlphaCore Capital sits down with Julie Cooling, Founder & CEO, RIA Channel to discuss his new firm that delivers due diligence on alternative investment strategies for financial advisors. AlphaCore was created two years ago and has already attracted over $300 million in assets from advisors focused on alpha generating strategies as core portfolio components, with ETFs or beta strategies used as satellite components. Pfister's...