Educational Materials


We often hear about do-it-yourself investors who panic during periods of market volatility and dump their portfolios, thus realizing substantial losses. There is plenty of research on investor behavior to illustrate how people succumb to the pitfalls of buying high and selling low. But how does advisor behavior compare?


For Advisor Use Only - Understanding the dimensions of risk is critical to both constructing a portfolio and evaluating managers. The goal of this research brief is to provide a deeper understanding of one particular dimension of portfolio risk: tracking error.


The combined impact of U.S. monetary and fiscal policy has created the core conundrum: How can core fixed-income investors meet their yield objectives while maintaining low tracking error to the Index, which has become approximately 75 percent concentrated in low-yielding government-related debt?


By Clifford Stanton, CFA and J. Gibson Watson III, CIMA, Envestnet - Since the financial crisis of 2007 - 2008, advisors have spent a good deal of professional energy helping investors rebuild damaged portfolios. Along the way, virtually every piece of the investment process has been re-examined, from investment policy and risk management to portfolio construction. Clearly, the ability to craft institutional-grade portfolios for retail investors is critical for any advisor looking to differentiate in today's crowded marketplace. We suggest a number of construction guidelines that could lead to that desirable end.


When meeting with a client to work through the Wealth Advisory Process, you are selling intangibles—trust, confidence, knowledge and experience. These are the qualities that help your client bond with you, stay with you during times of market uncertainty and build your business. This paper will offer you insights on how to position your services around intangibles that can address client needs.