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A better way to invest: manager selection and oversight at John Hancock Investments

February 2017 | PDF

Financial advisors and consultants face an investment management landscape increasingly split between industry giants and specialized boutiques. John Hancock Investments’ Leo M. Zerilli, CIMA, explains how the firm’s unique approach blends the innovation and agility of today’s boutique asset managers with strong risk controls and oversight.

A new Fed chair? Weighing the options for a change in leadership

September 2017 | Video

VIDEO: Senior Portfolio Manager Howard C. Greene, CFA, takes a closer look at what a possible Janet Yellen retirement could mean for the bond markets.

A nimble approach to today’s bond markets

September 2017 | Video

VIDEO: Senior Portfolio Manager Howard C. Greene, CFA, discusses the philosophy and process behind John Hancock Bond Fund.

A seismic shift: what regulatory reform means for your retirement plan business model

September 2015 | PDF

New regulations governing fiduciary standards will challenge the ability of retirement plan advisors to differentiate their business models. Robert J. Rafter, J.D., of RJR Consulting, and Gene R. Huxhold, CFP, AIF, of John Hancock Investments, explore how advisors can reposition their value propositions and market their services for the next decade.

A technical take on this summer’s correction

October 2015 | PDF

While the bout of market volatility accompanying August’s correction was among the most severe since 2008, Wellington Management’s Frank L. Teixeira, CMT, CFA, argues that bull market trends remain intact. Using technical analysis, Frank manages John Hancock Technical Opportunities Fund.

A time-tested process built on security-level research

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: Many bond funds’ performance is too closely tied to macroeconomic factors, says John Hancock Asset Management’s Howard C. Greene, CFA, senior portfolio manager of John Hancock Bond Fund. See why sector and security selection, along with managing maturity structure, can lead to more consistent outcomes.

A well-resourced, active approach to global equity investing

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: Abundant resources, painstaking research, and a disciplined process underlie global equity investing at Wellington Management, the firm that manages John Hancock International Growth Fund.

Absolute return investing: taking a more targeted approach

March 2014 | PDF

Head of Investments Leo M. Zerilli, CIMA, discusses the disrupting effects of volatility since 2000 and how absolute return strategies are providing an alternative for investors by pursuing more consistent positive returns, regardless of market environment.

Advisor Insight: Fiduciary prudence in rising interest rates

January 2017 | PDF

Retirement plan sponsors face a unique challenge as interest rates continue to rise. In this commentary, C. Frederick Reish, Esq., of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, discusses the fiduciary implications of switching to bond portfolios that may be less susceptible to losses due to rising rates.

Although cheap energy may pose challenges, fundamentals remain strong in high yield

December 2014 | PDF

The high-yield market has been volatile lately as investors weigh the effects of low oil prices on energy companies. We believe the risks to the market may be overblown, and that today’s turbulence could represent a buying opportunity.

Are central banks doing more harm than good?

November 2016 | Video

VIDEO: John Hancock Asset Management’s Chief Economist Megan E. Greene explains how negative interest rates are coming up short, and why central banks are not out of policy options yet.

As market volatility rises, asset returns fall—but not all

November 2016 | PDF

Correlations have been unstable and trending higher in recent years, reducing the effectiveness of conventional asset allocation. What can investors do? One answer lies outside traditional investment territory, says Keith H. Van Etten, CAIA, CFP, CIMA, founder of Van Etten Consulting.

As rates rise, expect volatility and opportunity in large-cap stocks

November 2015 | PDF

Volatility could be heightened in the near future with the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates, but this could present opportunity for large-cap stock investors.

Attracting clients through ESG and sustainable investing

February 2017 | PDF

The rapid growth of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing reflects rising demand from investors for values-based approaches and poses challenges for advisors wishing to attract and retain these clients. Todd J. Cassler, President of Institutional Distribution, outlines simple steps that advisors can take to speak intelligently about ESG, provide credible ESG investment alternatives, and position their practices to better address growing client demand for ESG investing.

Avoiding another taper tantrum: why a cautious stance on agency MBS may be warranted

June 2017 | PDF

The U.S. Federal Reserve is the single largest buyer of agency mortgage-backed securities in the market today. We take a closer look at what could happen when that trend changes course.

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