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One overarching question that many investors ask is, Why is the Fed so intent on cutting rates? If judging solely on low unemployment and an impressive June jobs report, many wouldn’t think we should be having a rate-cut discussion. Kevin Flanagan explains why a July rate cut is still likely.
Last week on the “Behind the Markets” podcast, Jeremy Schwartz interviewed Tom Barkin, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. The conversation focused on the U.S. economic outlook, interest rates and the upcoming July Fed meeting.
Model portfolios can help advisors save time that could be dedicated to their clients. So, why aren’t more advisors adopting ETF model portfolios in their practice? Ryan Krystopowicz debunks five myths about a model portfolio approach.
The much better-than-expected June jobs report has the money and bond markets—and probably the Federal Reserve as well—in a dither. Kevin Flanagan analyzes the data to bring you back to a post-July 4 reality!
Jeremy J Siegel
Senior Investment Strategy Advisor
CEO of WisdomTree
Jeremy Schwartz, CFA
Executive Vice President, Global Head of Research
Christopher Gannatti, CFA
Head of Research, Europe
Christopher Gannatti began at WisdomTree as a Research Analyst in December 2010, working directly with Jeremy Schwartz, CFA®, Director of Research. In January of 2014, he was promoted to Associate Director of Research where he was responsible to lead different groups of analysts and strategists within the broader Research team at WisdomTree. In February of 2018, Christopher was promoted to Head of Research, Europe, where he will be based out of WisdomTree’s London office and will be responsible for the full WisdomTree research effort within the European market, as well as supporting the UCITs platform globally. Christopher came to WisdomTree from Lord Abbett, where he worked for four and a half years as a Regional Consultant. He received his MBA in Quantitative Finance, Accounting, and Economics from NYU’s Stern School of Business in 2010, and he received his bachelor’s degree from Colgate University in Economics in 2006. Christopher is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Head of Fixed Income Strategy
Tripp Zimmerman, CFA
Head of Fixed Income & Currency
Associate Director, Asset Allocation and Modern Alpha
Head of Capital Markets
Associate Director of Capital Markets
Head of Europe
Joseph Tenaglia, CFA
Associate Director, Asset Allocation
Jianing Wu joined WisdomTree as a Research Analyst in October 2018. She is responsible for analyzing market trends and helping support WisdomTree’s research efforts. Previously, Jianing completed internships and projects at Geode Capital, Starwint Capital, and Invesco Great Wall Fund Management with a focus in quantitative research. Jianing received her M.S in Finance from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She graduated with honors from Boston College with degrees in Mathematics and Philosophy.
Jeff Weniger, CFA
Director, Asset Allocation
Alejandro Saltiel, CFA
Associate Director of Modern Alpha
Alejandro Saltiel joined WisdomTree as a Quantitative Research Analyst in May 2017. He is responsible for quantitative research on WisdomTree’s products and global equity markets. Prior to joining WisdomTree, Alejandro worked at HSBC Asset Management’s Mexico City office as Portfolio Manager for multi-asset mutual funds. He started his career working at a boutique hedge fund that specialized on trading options on sector-levered ETFs. Alejandro received his Master’s in Financial Engineering degree from Columbia University in 2017 and a Bachelor’s in Engineering degree from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) in 2010. He is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Matt Wagner, CFA
Modern Alpha Analyst
Matt Wagner joined WisdomTree in May 2017 as a member of the Research team. He is responsible for research on WisdomTree’s products and communicating the firm’s views on the markets. Matt started his career at Morgan Stanley, working as an analyst in Treasury Capital Markets from 2015 to 2017 where he focused on unsecured funding planning, execution and risk management. Matt graduated from Boston College in 2015 with a B.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Economics. Matt is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Ryan Krystopowicz, CFA
Associate, Asset Allocation
Ryan Krystopowicz joined WisdomTree in March 2016 as a member of the Distribution Team and has transitioned over to the Asset Allocation Team as a Product Specialist, ETF Model Portfolios. He is responsible for maintaining and delivering data and content associated with WisdomTree Model Portfolios. Ryan also supports model development and decisions, as well as contributes to the commercial success of Model Portfolios by supporting the sales and client solutions team. He started his career at a Registered Investment Advisor working as Research Analyst and Assistant Trader. Ryan received a degree from Loyola University of Maryland and is a holder of the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Kara Marciscano, CFA
Investment Strategy Analyst
Brian Manby joined WisdomTree in October 2018 as an Investment Strategy Analyst. He is responsible for assisting in the creation and analysis of WisdomTree’s model portfolios, as well as helping support the firm’s research efforts. Prior to joining WisdomTree, he worked for FactSet Research Systems, Inc. as a Senior Consultant, where he assisted clients in the creation, maintenance and support of FactSet products in the investment management workflow. Brian received a B.A. as a dual major in Economics and Political Science from the University of Connecticut in 2016, and is pursuing the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.
Quantitative Research Analyst
At WisdomTree, we continue to believe one of the most important themes impacting the global markets has been the strengthening U.S. dollar—and this is a trend we expect to continue for some time.
At WisdomTree, a critical way for us to identify valuation opportunities is through our annual Index rebalance. Our process is designed to evaluate the underlying fundamentals of Index constituents each year.
While the landscape implied by the global Dividend Stream® provides useful context for global importance and can help inform allocation ideas, here we will focus on emerging markets.
Each year, we monitor the global Dividend Stream® for growth so that we can refresh the weights of the underlying constituent companies in various WisdomTree Indexes. This year, we incorporated a new global Index methodology covering three new Indexes. Jeremy Schwartz introduces this new approach.
For financial advisors, this is the time of the year to talk taxes with their clients, especially if they have capital gains. Investors may be unaware that their mutual funds can have capital gains—even when the market is down.