Beyond Bulls & Bears

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The Intangible Art of Operational Due Diligence

What do Greek statues have to do with the world of finance and investing? Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director, K2 Advisors®, Franklin ...

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ZIRPs and NIRPs and Unintended Consequences

Monetary policy around the world has taken an unprecedented turn—with negative interest rates now the norm in several parts of the world. Brooks ...

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An Alternative View on Volatility

Many investors fear the type of market volatility we have seen in recent months, but it’s not necessarily a bad thing—particularly for ...

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Multi-Asset

US Monetary Policy: It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

Brooks Ritchey, senior managing director at K2 Advisors®, Franklin Templeton Solutions®, pays homage to the late Yogi Berra in this piece about ...

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Solidifying a Case for Liquid Alternatives

David Saunders, founding managing director of K2 Advisors, presents a brief introduction to liquid alternatives and four common hedge strategies ...

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Shrugging Along

Since the 2007-2009 global financial crisis, it seems like many markets have gone nowhere but up—most notably in the United States. Brooks ...

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Exporting the “Bacon Genie” and Other Reasons to Be Bullish

From “Bacon Genies” to “Snuggies,” there’s little doubting Americans have a thirst for consumer goods, even those that don’t always appear to ...

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Greece: Stuck in the Middle

Greece seems to be stuck between political forces on the left (the Syriza party) and fiscal forces on the right (debt burdens, European Monetary ...

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Complexity, Critical States and Tributaries of Uncertainty

For long periods of time, the markets can advance relatively smoothly until a sudden onset of chaos occurs, a “tipping point” that quickly changes ...

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2015 Investment Outlook: Reasons We Still Like Global Equities

We continue to favor equities in emerging Asia over emerging Latin America due to what we view as stronger corporate fundamentals and attractive valuations.

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Portfolio Diversification in the Quantum Age

Brooks Ritchey, Senior Managing Director at K2 Advisors, Franklin Templeton Solutions, examines the merits of portfolio diversification when ...

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QE, Parallel Universes and the Problem with Economic Growth

What do quantum mechanics and the theory of relativity have to do with global central bank policy? Years of aggressive central bank policies ...