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Anchoring Your Portfolio with High Quality Bonds

All fixed income investments are not created equal from a risk perspective As painful as the recent volatility has been, most of us asset allocate with the hope that when one piece of the pie is faltering, another will be there to help stabilize overall performance. And traditionally, fixed income has been one of the more effective hedges to risk assets. Unfortunately, this downturn has left many frustrated and disappointed with the results of their asset allocation strategy.

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Managing Bond Risks in a Rising Interest Rate Environment

Since their low in mid-2016, longer-term interest rates have more than doubled. While that may sound ominous, admittedly the increase has been from a very low level -- ten-year Treasury yields, for example, have risen from below 1.50% to above 3.00%. Yet low interest rates mean higher risk, as the mathematics of bonds include both coupon (interest) income and price change. When coupon income is quite low, as has prevailed for the last several years, there is little to cushion periodic price gyrations.

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Active Management | Gaining a Leg up

The growing popularity of equity index funds and equity index exchange traded funds (ETFs), combined with several academic studies of the costs and benefits of active management versus indexing, have raised questions in the minds of many advisors and investors about the benefits of active equity management. We believe these studies have given “active managers” a bad rap by grouping all active managers into a broad, single universe and not differentiating between those managers who are truly active, and add value, and those managers that call themselves active but offer little opportunity for outperformance, net of fees, based on their true investment style.

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Are You Getting the Most Out of Your International Allocation?

An appropriate allocation to international equities in a multi-asset class portfolio can provide meaningful diversification and performance benefits. Manager selection is a critical component of your allocation strategy and risk management. One under-considered factor: many active and passive international portfolios have significant holdings in large-cap overseas companies with heavy exposure to the U.S. economy, undermining diversification.

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Madison Mid Cap

The stock market marched higher during the second quarter as central banks continued shifting towards more accommodative monetary policy. This helped offset heightened trade tensions and slower global economic growth data. Once again the result was clear: long-term interest rates continued to decline and risk assets rallied.

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Active Fixed Income | A Primer

An introduction to active bond management, and a beginners look at the methods fixed income portfolio managers use in the effort to add value.

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Covered Call as an Income and Hedged-Equity Strategy

Covered call writing is a time-tested approach that can add income, dampen volatility and diversify both equity and fixed income core strategies. Adding a covered call strategy in a core-satellite, multi-asset-class approach can be accomplished as

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