Finke: Consumers Want Goal-driven Investing

Dr. Michael Finke, Dean and Chief Academic Officer of the American College of Financial Services, shares his take on how financial professionals can better serve their clients with custom solutions.

How Many Empty Homes Are in England – And What Does This Tell Real Estate Developers?

For a variety of reasons, there are many unoccupied residences in the UK. This is deeply ironic, given the housing shortage, but offers insight for housing investors.

How Do Trends Toward Teleworking Affect Homebuilding in the UK?

Location formerly determined the value of most real estate. But technology now enables working from home, altering the need for homes to be near workplaces.

Gamma Gamma Hey!

One approach to asset allocation that can better position portfolios for increasing volatility is to increase convexity, or gamma. By instituting a barbell approach to asset allocation, portfolios will be positioned for increased payoffs from more extreme events without adjusting the delta, or first derivative effects of changes in the underlying. For example, what’s the difference between the following two portfolios?

Keeping an Eye on Interest Rates

The Federal Reserve and the monetary policy it pursues is always a matter of interest to investors. The level of intrigue has been particularly acute this year because of growing speculation that the Fed is likely to boost the Fed Funds rate, a short-term interest rate it controls directly, for the first time since 2006. This creates challenges for investors who may have pursued one investment strategy in a period of declining or stable rates.

Foreign Investment in Mombasa

A favorite and a major foreign investment destination especially in the real-estate market, Mombasa hosts substantial number of foreigners from Asia, Europe, United States and even from Australia. So, where in Mombasa do these expatriates or foreigners live? Mombasa has established its name as a cultural port town that has been able to withstand numerous invasions and occupations by foreigners from overseas countries.

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