Robert Merton has a long list of accomplishments, among them the most prominent is his award of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on the Black-Scholes-Merton model on derivatives. This work was fundamental in understanding how financial markets should price in risk and uncertainty in options markets. In a recent webcast, Dimensional Co-CEO and Chief Investment Officer Gerard O’Reilly engaged with Professor Merton on a number of subjects relating to risk, uncertainty, and ... [Continue Reading]
Updates and articles on timely topics from the Investment Team.
The events of the past quarter hold no superlative or adjective strong enough to capture the disruption and change that many are experiencing. What would have been hyperbole just days or weeks earlier, was quickly becoming our reality. During the past two months, we’ve been introduced to many new terms and experiences like social distancing, sheltering-in-place, and virtual hang outs with friends and family. What was once saved for extreme snow days in Minnesota, distance learning, is now just ... [Continue Reading]
Last week, we provided historical insight into equity market valuations and the implication for future returns in investor portfolios. This week, we’re shining a light on the "shock absorber" within client portfolios—fixed income. A popular topic of conversation in recent years has been whether investors should abandon traditional fixed income investments for higher-yielding investments or pursue new, alternative investment strategies instead. Our philosophy at CCM has always been that fixed ... [Continue Reading]
As investors, every single one of us is prone to a range of emotions during periods of market volatility: fear, anxiety, optimism, greed, regret, and more. We’re not alone in this experience; there are millions of investors going through these same emotions with us each and every day. The incredible reality of the market is that no one precisely knows what the future holds, when the stock market will bottom out, or what the ultimate economic and human impact will be of the COVID-19 ... [Continue Reading]
For many pundits, year-end market reflections are an opportunity to rewrite the past. It’s not uncommon for revisionist versions of previously made comments to emerge. It’s freeing and liberating to not live in that world. Accepting that we cannot predict the future and that hindsight is no replacement for foresight when it comes to building an integrated and customized financial plan is what truly leads one down a successful path. If you recall where global markets were in late December ... [Continue Reading]