Keep an Eye on LBOs, but Don’t Fret Just Yet

This year’s leveraged buyouts (LBOs) are being financed with more debt and include fewer protections for creditors. Regulators, the press and market participants are watching this closely, and so are we. But we don’t think it’s worth losing sleep over—at least not yet.

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Australian Value Returns to Form

Investors in Australia have been wary of undervalued, risky stocks in recent years. But today, market conditions have improved and many attractively valued companies have strong balance sheets, which we think should support a continued recovery.

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Don’t Skip the Homework: High Yield’s Overlooked Risks

Posted by Gershon Distenfeld (pictured) and Ivan Rudolph-Shabinsky of AllianceBernstein (NYSE: AB) Many investors have taken on more risk in their quest for higher returns—especially as signs have pointed to interest rates staying stable until next year. But two key elements are often overlooked: default risk and underwriting standards.

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Security Check for Equity Declines

Sharon Fay (pictured) and Kent Hargis Protecting against stock-market declines is a top priority for many investors. But with lower-volatility stocks looking expensive today, will they get the job done if equities fall from new peaks?

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The New Logic of M&A

There seems to be a new calculus at work in the recent rash of takeovers, as investors set aside their usual wariness of deals and dealmakers for the promise of growth these combinations may bring. We think it’s a good reason to stick with stocks.

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Energy Future Holdings Default Highlights Risks of Leveraged Loans

The Texas-sized bankruptcy of Energy Future Holdings, formerly known as TXU, may have been one of the more anticipated defaults of the past few years, but investors can still learn a lesson or two from it.

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Investing Across Asset Classes in Europe’s Recovery

Tawhid Ali (pictured) and Jorgen Kjaersgaard Europe’s recovery is becoming reality. In our view, successful investing in the continent today requires a selective approach that exploits dislocations by focusing on return-seeking assets across stock and bond markets.

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Two Things Municipal Bond Investors Can Do Today

Municipal bonds have rallied in 2014, but low yields, memories of last year’s sell-off and the potential for higher rates ahead have many investors wondering how to maneuver. We have a couple of ideas.

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Seeing Through Emerging-Market Volatility

Stock markets in emerging markets (EMs) have gotten off to a rough start this year after a challenging 2013. Valuations have fallen and volatility remains high. So should investors add exposure to emerging markets—or is it better to steer clear?

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Counting to a Trillion: How Sensors Are Changing the Face of Investment Opportunity

How well did you sleep last night? Well, for about $130, you can buy a sensor-bearing wristband that will tell you how long you slept and how you slept, and even figure out the optimal time to wake you—with a gentle vibration. This is just one way sensor technology is improving our lives and creating [...]

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