As more and more equity investors have seemingly lost faith in active management, one particular area, quantitative strategies and techniques, is actually seeing positive flows and a surge of client interest, writes Andrew Dyson, chief executive officer of QMA.
After a year that saw the S&P 500 Index return more than 20%, QMA predicts stocks will again outpace bonds in 2018 — potentially by a very wide margin. While QMA's base case, outlined in its 2018 Outlook & Review "Goldilocks Growth and the Missing Bears," calls for S&P returns in the 10% range, the firm envisions scenarios that could have 2018 nearly matching 2017's surprise breakout year for equities.
The success of the most far-reaching U.S. tax overhaul in decades will depend on whether American companies invest their tax windfall on expanding hiring and production capacity or save it for dividends and share buybacks that, while they increase shareholder value, do little for economic growth, according to three PGIM thought leaders.
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