Resilient solutions

Investors today face a unique combination of challenges—but they don’t have to face them alone. To build portfolios that can survive—and thrive—through times like these, it’s critical to have the right investment solutions at your disposal, and trusted partners to guide you. Let us show you some of the resilient solutions powering today’s investors.

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Frances Donald

Frances Donald,  Global Chief Economist and Strategist, Multi-Asset Solutions Team Manulife Investment Management

Frances Donald breaks down the challenges investors are facing and the potential solutions that can help mitigate them.

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Interest rates have headed higher

Interest rates have been on the rise, but different types of bonds respond differently in times like this, leaving the door open for active and flexible strategies to take advantage.

Where to turn in times of rising rates ...

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What happens to bond prices when interest rates rise?

Fixed-income markets have been going down a rocky road this year. Roshan Thiru, Head of Canadian Fixed Income, joins the Capital Markets Strategy team to discuss bond activity and yields, record-high inflation and its effects on fixed-income investments, the Manulife Yield Opportunities Fund, and more.
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Why bonds now?

Fixed income has produced negative returns alongside equities, and in some cases even underperformed equities. After the worst start to the year in history, many investors are avoiding the bond markets—we believe that’s a mistake.
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Paving the way for a resurgence in bonds

Bonds are finally positioned to potentially provide meaningful returns to investors. Admittedly, the asset class has been a tepid source of income since the Global Financial Crisis, and it hasn’t been a reliable store of value in the post-COVID era. However, when it comes to generating income and preserving capital, the value proposition of bonds has been restored to an extent we haven’t seen in over a decade.
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Revisiting global multi-sector fixed income in a postpandemic world

The critical challenge fixed-income investors face today is to find stable returns amid high inflation and rising yields—without taking on excessive volatility or risk. We explore some ways to do so.
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Volatility is on the rise

Markets are in choppy waters, but being diversified across sectors, asset classes, and regions can help right the ship.

Where to turn in volatile times ...

Diversification does not guarantee a profit or protect against a loss in any market.

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Real assets: don’t let current conditions undermine your long-term success

Making asset allocation changes during a market downturn isn’t necessarily an easy feat. When it comes to allocating to private real assets, we believe there are three main reasons why investors shouldn’t wait: diversification, capital protection, and what we call unsung tailwinds.
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What's market volatility and the VIX?

If there’s one thing investors know for sure about financial markets, it’s that they’re unpredictable. This means that market volatility is unavoidable, and the first step towards better dealing with volatility is to understand what it is and how it can affect your portfolio. Here’s what you need to know.
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Two types of market downturns: big bears and baby bears

Not all bear markets are the same. We classify them into two groups: big bears and baby bears. Baby bears happen outside a recession; big bears occur in a recession. Bear markets aren’t fun, but they can present opportunities for patient investors.
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Why invest in real assets?

Institutional investors have long valued diversified real assets to help build portfolio resilience. Now, ever-growing numbers of investors are also looking at real assets to aid their path to net zero.
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High inflation is eroding real returns

Inflation is on everyone's minds—and portfolios. But it also presents opportunities for some companies and assets.

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U.S. mid caps: look in the middle for diversification opportunities

While U.S. mid caps have many appealing characteristics, such as profitability, growth prospects, strong historical returns, and pricing power, we’d argue that one of their greatest benefits is diversification. We explain why.
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Inflation’s impact on retirement portfolios: quantifying the future cost today

Small increases in inflation can have outsized consequences for retirees’ portfolios. How do you plan for retirement in a new inflation reality? We quantify how much rising prices can impact investors’ retirement plans, and the changes that can be made to increase the odds of reaching their goals.
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Fighting inflation with equity duration: three fundamentals to look for

Each month, we get more news about how rising prices are eating into our wallets, whether it’s June’s 8.1% inflation rate in Canada or the 9.1% rate in the U.S. But inflation is also detrimental to investors, their portfolios, and their plans for retirement. So, what can they do to combat it?
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Dull, boring, repetitive … the investment case for high-quality dividend growers

High-quality dividend growers are important allocations for risk-adjusted returns. And high-quality dividend payers and growers perform well prior to, during, and after recessions, such as the 1990–91,, and Global Financial Crisis recessions.
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How does inflation affect my investment portfolio?

The impact of inflation is easily noticed when it hits your wallet, but rising prices can also hurt retirement savings. How does inflation impact investment portfolios in the long run? We discuss the three main ways that inflation can harm retirement and investment portfolios in the long-run.
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