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For decades bonds have played a dual role in most investor portfolios: providing income and capital preservation.

Going forward, however, there are numerous risks working against treasuries, corporates, and high yield/collateral loan obligations that pose tremendous challenges to their traditional roles of income and capital preservation and their reputation of being safe investments.

With the fiscal outlook looking grim, advisors and investors may need to rethink their dependence on bonds for portfolio protection in the long run.

When an options strategy fails, many write the whole category off as risky and dangerous investments. This is unfortunate because options strategies may help investors meet various investing objectives. It is not the options themselves that are risky. It is how they are used that matters.

There are lessons to be learned from the mistakes of others, and rather than discard these experiences entirely, we should learn from them. This white paper delves into three common missteps that have plagued some options strategies in the past:

  1. Excessive Leverage
  2. Lack of Liquidity
  3. Inadequate Risk Controls

Marc Odo, , CFA®, CAIA®, CIPM®, CFP®, Client Portfolio Manager, examines each of these and how they may contribute to the failing of an options-based strategy. These are important elements to question in due diligence meetings when considering options-based strategies.

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Many investors do not understand the math that drives successful long-term results that can help them make better investment decisions and avoid costly ones.

We seek to help investors make these math principles behind investing work FOR investors:

1. The importance and power of compounding
2. The value of avoiding large losses
3. The importance of variance drain
4. The importance of a non-normal distribution of returns

 

By now the arguments for and against picking stocks and indexing are well documented.

 

At Swan Global Investments, our take on the whole passive-versus-active debate is a bit different… Active or passive: it doesn’t matter.

 

Dive into this engaging paper to learn why, and more importantly discover what may be overlooked in the broader passive vs. active debate.

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