AllianceBernstein 3Q Capital Markets Outlook
Investors have had a very favorable experience YTD with continued strong returns across the board in 2Q. As we anticipate the investment climate to change, we also expect the need for services that both participate and defend to increase. Find out more about the opportunities and potential challenges we see ahead in our latest capital markets outlook video. Capital Markets Outlook: 3Q:2019
Are Your Munis Stuck in a Pre-2008 World?
We’re in a post-2008 world, where yields are likely trending up rather than down, and you no longer have bond insurance. So the question I pose to all investors out there is: if you believe—and it has—but if you believe that the market has changed, why then would you manage a bond portfolio today in a post-2008 world as you did in a pre-2008 world?
What’s Up (or Down) with the Fed’s Balance Sheet
The Fed has confirmed that it will stop slimming down its balance sheet later this year. Here’s what that means and why it matters.
The Rapid Growth of CITs
Over ten years ago, AB published a paper on the emergence of collective investment trusts as a logical choice for many Defined Contribution (DC) plans. In that time, plan sponsors have increasingly used CITs to lower plan costs and provide transparency to participants. With pressure mounting on employers of all sizes to offer participants reasonable, cost-efficient investment options and fulfill their fiduciary duty in a world of increasing litigation, CIT use is rapidly growing.
A Concentrated View Towards the Future
Watch AB's latest video in which Jim Tierney discusses how a concentrated approach to equity investing is well positioned to succeed in what is expected to be a more challenging market environment moving forward. Quality Over Quantity
Worried About Equity Volatility?
Worried About Equity Volatility? Sharp stock market selloffs, like the one we saw in 2018, are never pleasant for investors. Even though US economic growth remains solid, we do expect more volatility ahead. If you’re worried about the next equity selloff, you may want to consider incorporating a long/short equity strategy. Flexible long/short strategies combine long and short equity exposures, seeking to maintain equity market exposure while adding downside protection. Historically, long/short strategies have reduced drawdowns in tough environments. The AB Select US Long/Short Portfolio has a history of being flexible in periods of distress—leveraging long, short and cash positions to dampen volatility and protect capital. Watch our video to learn more about our flexible approach and how the AB Select US Long/Short Fund may be a good strategy for volatile markets ahead. AB Select US Long/Short Portfolio Overview
Global Equities: 2018 Review, 2019 Outlook
One big lesson for investors from 2018 is that you can’t really anticipate every political or economic risk that comes up and try to insulate your portfolio from all of it. As we enter 2019, there are reasons to be defensive, but also spread your exposure to some undervalued opportunities. US Equities: Could 2018 Pain Become 2019 Gain?
Ready and Able to Exploit Equity Volatility
Recent volatility in equity markets has certainly increased anxieties for many investors. But we believe in being prepared and ready to exploit volatility—to position a portfolio for what will drive excess performance over the next three to five years. From Beta to Alpha: Why It Will Pay to Be the Last Active Investor Standing
AB FlexFee Funds
Today's investors want performance that's worth the fees they pay. Low-cost passive vehicles may seem to fit the bill, but you face all the downside when markets fall. And with no active management, there's never a chance to beat the market. Is there something that offers investors the best of both worlds? AB FlexFee Funds have flexible fees that rise only when the Fund beats the benchmark. They charge a low ETF-like fee when returns are lower than or in line with their benchmark. And as outperformance against the benchmark rises, fees rise, but only as high as a preset maximum—no matter how much the fund outperforms.