Sequence-of-Returns Risk

By Michael Foley, Vice President, Private Client Group

At Wellesley Asset Management, we have found that investing in convertible bonds issued by companies with high-quality balance sheets, purchased near their par value, and with a properly structured maturity schedule may assist in managing sequence-of-return risk.

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A Genius, an Investment Guru, and a Golfer Walk into a Par

By Michael Foley, Vice President, Private Client Group

Take a look at the two investments below. Which would you prefer? The simple average of returns in Investment A would be 10%% (29+20-30+21=40/4=10). The simple average of returns in Investment B would be 10% (19+11-4*14=40/4=10). Unfortunately, simple averaging does not paint a clear picture nor is it appropriate to use with market returns. Annualized averaging is a far more accurate gauge due to the concept of compounding.

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What Keeps Me Up at Night

By Jim Buckham CFA, Portfolio Manager

As a follower of the markets, I am often asked “What keeps you up at night”? This is another way of asking what concerns me about the current state of the capital markets. I would like to share some of my observations about the stock and bond markets and why I feel that, going forward, investors should proceed with caution.

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