Portfolio Intelligence with John Bryson, head of investment consulting at John Hancock Investment Management, features interviews with asset allocation experts, portfolio construction specialists, and investment veterans from across John Hancock’s multimanager network. The dynamic discussion explores ideas advisors can use today to build their business while helping their clients pursue better investment outcomes.
What does inflation mean for the economy?
Frances Donald, global chief economist and global head of macroeconomic strategy at Manulife Investment Management, discusses the outlook for inflation and how rising prices affect both consumers and investors. Inflation can be difficult to measure because different indicators such as the Consumer Price Index may use different price inputs. She explains how government spending and the economic reopening may affect inflation, and also why technology, digitization, and remote working are deflationary forces. Finally, if rates rise further, it’s important for investors to watch the pace of the move and why exactly rates are rising.
Where are we now in the economic cycle?
Co-Chief Investment Strategists Matthew D. Miskin, CFA, and Emily R. Roland, CIMA, visit the podcast for an update on economic growth and where we could be in the current economic cycle. The strategists explain why consumer spending and the U.S. Federal Reserve’s inflation policies are encouraging signs for investors. They also weigh in on why they like mid-cap and industrial stocks, and how investors are positioning portfolios in this phase of the bull market.
A short history of ETFs
Steve Deroian, U.S. head of asset allocation models and ETF product at John Hancock Investment Management, discusses the history and benefits of exchange-traded funds (ETFs). Since the first U.S. ETFs launched in 1993, these popular investment products have grown to more than $5 trillion in assets under management. Deroian provides an insider’s perspective on which areas could see the fastest growth and why John Hancock opted for an active management approach in its first fixed-income ETF.
The Fed holds the key to the economic cycle
Co-Chief Investment Strategists Emily R. Roland, CIMA, and Matthew D. Miskin, CFA, discuss what the U.S. Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) current outlook for inflation and growth mean for the maturity of the current economic cycle. After the recent rise in interest rates and a $1.9 trillion stimulus package, investors are looking for clues when the Fed might begin to tighten. However, at the March meeting, the Fed signaled it was willing to let inflation run over 2%, which pushed back expectations of a potential rate hike. The investment strategists explain what this could mean for both equity and fixed-income portfolios.
Will consumer spending propel the economic recovery?
Sandy Sanders, CFA, senior portfolio manager at Manulife Investment Management, weighs in on the health of the consumer and why conditions now are very different from previous economic recoveries. He discusses how technology, demographics, and productivity increases could shape an economy that’s rebounding after the pandemic recession. The portfolio manager also outlines various bullish and bearish scenarios, as well as the sectors where he sees the best investment opportunities now.
Will emerging markets lead the new cycle?
Co-Chief Investment Strategists Matthew D. Miskin, CFA, and Emily R. Roland, CIMA, discuss why they like emerging markets as one way to position for a new cycle as the global economy recovers from the pandemic. In U.S. equities, they see signs of a rotation to value and small-cap stocks. Meanwhile, bond flows suggest a preference for passive investment, but the strategists make the case for an active approach centered on higher-quality credit and rising interest rates.