REITs, Rates, and Returns

Interest rates are on the rise and Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been struggling. The iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) has fallen nine straight days, the longest streak since its inception in 2000.

Philip Duff on How to Start Your Own Brand

Most people in the industry know Philip Duff as a New York City consultant (Liquid Solutions) and education liaison extraordinaire (Tales of the Cocktail). Those who have been around awhile know him as a former brand ambassador for Bols, the Dutch producer of liqueurs, genever and vodka.

Stock Picking Is Dead!

Advisors have the option to use smart beta funds to tailor portfolios that seek Alpha or better risk-adjusted returns. The trend is consistent and accelerating. To paraphrase a movie title – the stock picker is “Dead Man Walking”. Oh! he’s still alive somewhat, but he’s walking to the chamber.