Advisor Perspectives: The 10 Most-Read Articles Of 2015 December 29, 2015

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As is our custom, we conclude the year by reflecting on the 10 most-read articles over the past 12 months. In decreasing order, based on the number of unique readers, those are:

May 19, 2015

On issues as central as the effect of quantitative easing or Fed tightening on interest rates, Jeffrey Gundlach says you shouldn’t trust the pundits on CNBC.

August 4, 2015

Income annuities provide payments precisely matched to a client’s longevity while stocks provide opportunities for greater investment growth. The question remains whether clients should hold bond funds in their retirement income portfolio. To answer that question, I will first look at the role income annuities play in a retirement plan and then see whether bond funds can fulfill that need equally well. I will use the term income annuities to include single-premium immediate annuities (SPIAs) and other similar products, some of which provide inflation protection.

February 17, 2015

If you followed Gary Shilling’s advice for the last 30 years, you would be very wealthy. Since 1981, Shilling has consistently advocated owning long-dated Treasury securities. In a talk, he reiterated that advice as one piece of his three-part asset-allocation strategy for the coming year. In 1981, Shilling said we were “in for the bond rally of a lifetime.” Since then, a strategy of rolling a 30-year zero-coupon bond outperformed the S&P 500 by 6.3 times.

November 19, 2015

Those Federal Reserve governors who intend to vote for an increase in rates at their December meeting need to take a close look at some of the charts Jeffrey Gundlach presented on Tuesday. One chart – which Gundlach called his “scariest” – carried a particularly ominous signal for the global economy.

June 2, 2015

For nearly five years, I have shown why this housing recovery has never been anything but an illusion – a mirage that disappears on closer examination. Let me explain why the housing collapse is ready to resume in earnest.

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