Funds In Focus

Funds In Focus

We explore current trends in the market and how they’re shaping the investment landscape. In each episode, you will learn how a specific FlexShares ETF operates and how the market has impacted the fund along with the potential long-term implications for your client’s portfolio.

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March 16, 2022 26 mins

The data is in and investors are seeing the clouds of inflation roll in which for many investors is something they may not have anticipated or ever experienced. This may be creating stress for you as you help them navigate this rising storm in their portfolios and day-to-day lives. Learning what tools are available and effective can help you address your client’s concerns with inflation and may drive engagement with your clients.

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As we ended 2021, everything looked so promising. Now more than ever with volatility seemingly on the rise, it is important to gain perspective from an experienced investment professional to help you navigate the months ahead and adjust your client’s portfolios appropriately.

In this episode, David Partain and Chris Huemmer, senior investment strategist at FlexShares, sit down to discuss 2022 trends in the market in an effort to sp...

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Infrastructure has taken some of the hardest hits during the global pandemic. But what does infrastructure actually mean?

In this episode, we talk with Chris Huemmer, senior investment strategist, and Dan Phillips, director of asset allocation at Flexshares. They discuss how infrastructure has been impacted during the global pandemic, and the decisions that will soon have to be concluded in our rapid environment. 

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There’s a shortage of supplies all across the global economy and prices continue to increase. Several factors are driving this crunch which has all eyes on inflation. 

In this episode, Mark Carlson, senior investment strategist, and Daniel Phillips, director of asset allocation strategy at Northern Trust Asset Management (NTAM). They discuss the hot natural resource sector and how FlexShares Morningstar global natural resource inde...

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Factors can identify systematic ways to invest that have historically been tested and are tied to economic rationales. These can lead to statistically significant incremental returns over time.

In this episode, Christopher Huemmer, senior investment strategist at FlexShares discusses how factors have performed in the U.S market.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How to identify factors that fluctuate ETFs
  • How to use different factors
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    Inflation continues to be top of mind for listeners and market participants alike with interest rates and inflation expectations on the rise this year. 

    In this episode, we talk with Mark Carlson and Ellen Chenoweth, two of FlexShares Investment Strategists to share their perspectives on the impact of inflation on portfolios. 

    In this episode you will learn:

  • The key drivers when evaluating for potential inflation to portfolios
  • Why i...
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    If investors thought ESG would go away, 2020 really caught them by surprise. In 2021, experts are still projecting ESG assets to reach more than one-third of global assets under management in 2025.

    In this episode, Evan McCall, Second VP investment strategist in asset management for FlexShares exchange traded funds, discusses one of the more attention-grabbing investment categories known as environmental, social, and governance. We...

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    Are you an investor using the low volatility approach in today’s environment?

    In this episode, Christopher Huemmer, senior investment strategist at FlexShares to discusses how to use low volatility strategies as a way to seek to offer some level of downside protection while delivering potential upside participation to stay exposed to the equity markets.

    In this episode you will learn:

  • The low volatility factor and why some investor...
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    The year 2020 has been universally challenging for all of us and has brought on so many surprises, certainly one for the history books.

    In this episode, we talk with Ellen Chenoweth, associate investment strategist for FlexShares exchange traded funds and Chris Huemmer, senior investment strategist at FlexShares. The two investment strategists share their perspective on the year ahead and three ideas to implement in portfolios. 

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    There’s still a lot of uncertainty regarding the future of the marketplace, and investors are scrambling to generate income while some may feel high yield is too risky.   In this episode Ellen Chenoweth, associate investment strategist for FlexShares exchange traded funds, explores some of the implications and market drivers, portfolio diversification, and contemporary ways to … Continue reading Ep 5: High Yield Marketplace- Evalua...
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    Some Investors have seen this movie before and therefore they may possess a better understanding of the needed investment actions in response to ZIRP the remake. In this episode Mark Carlson, Senior  Investment Strategist for Northern Trust FlexShares ETFs review of the remake edition of ZIRP and discussions of ideas investors can pursue to address … Continue reading Ep 4: Zero Interest Rate Policy (ZIRP) – The Remake No Investor R...
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    Welcome to the Funds in Focus podcast, the show that brings you thoughtful and informed conversations between leading subject-matter experts and members of the FlexShares investment strategy team about current market trends.  In today’s episode Investment Strategist Ellen Chenoweth discusses the drivers behind the inflation debate and potential investment strategies to consider in this environment.  … Continue reading Ep 3: The Dri...
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    Welcome to the Funds in Focus podcast, the show that brings you thoughtful and informed conversations between leading subject-matter experts and members of the FlexShares investment strategy team about current market trends.  In today’s episode Investment Strategist Mark Carlson discusses the natural resource/commodity sector currently being slightly out of favor with investors. Mark touches on … Continue reading Ep 2: Historical N...
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    Welcome to the Funds in Focus podcast, the show that brings you thoughtful and informed conversations between leading subject-matter experts and members of the FlexShares investment strategy team about current market trends.  In today’s episode, we talk to investment strategist Evan McCall about how one segment of real assets, global listed infrastructure, held up during … Continue reading Ep 1: How COVID-19 Has Impacted Global Lis...
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