What Do Passive Flows Mean for Active Management?

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Jan 17, 2019 11:02:06 AM

In the U.S., mutual funds have been around, in one shape or another, since the early 20th century. However, it wasn’t until the bull markets of the 1980s and 1990s when this investment vehicle became more of a household name for retail investors. The diversified nature of these funds was a major selling point compared to owning a handful of individual stocks and/or bonds. After the bursting of the tech bubble in the early 2000s, asset flows slowly started shifting from mutual funds toward passive index products like ETFs, and this trend was clearly exacerbated after the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, as shown by the graph below.

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Value Stocks Are Making Up Ground on Growth Stocks…Or Are They?

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Jan 9, 2019 3:58:54 PM

At the end of the third quarter, large cap growth stocks (Russell 1000 Growth Index) were outperforming their value counterparts (Russell 1000 Value Index) by over 10%. Since then, value stocks have made a comeback on a relative basis as shown by the graph below.

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Our Top 3 Blog Posts from 2018

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Jan 2, 2019 3:42:02 PM

Happy New Year! 

It's hard to believe another year is in the books. Below we highlight our most popular blog posts from 2018. We hope you have enjoyed reading our blogs as much as we have enjoyed writing them for you. 

Warm wishes,

-The Dana Funds Team

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Why are Small Caps in a Tailspin?

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Dec 19, 2018 3:57:41 PM

While everyone was busy talking about FAANG stocks driving the market higher this year, small caps were flying even higher, outperforming large caps by over 5% throughout most of the summer. However, as investor sentiment cooled and volatility returned in a big way, “risky” assets like small caps have taken it on the chin.

Names like Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet dominated headlines for much of 2018, as did other high-growth large-cap companies like Tesla. Many investors were concerned over the low market breadth, meaning the small concentration of stocks moving the overall market higher. Meanwhile, as illustrated by the graph above, small cap stocks (Russell 2000 Index) were on a tear and probably didn’t get the attention they deserved.

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Explaining the Differences Between ESG Scores Among Data Vendors

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Dec 13, 2018 3:12:35 PM

Since the wave of new ESG (environmental, social and governance) specific and larger well-known data vendors rolled onto the ESG data scene, it has become more difficult for investors and asset managers to find any high-level of correlation between vendor ESG scores. In this blog we discuss some of the possible reasons for the differences in scores across companies and how users of these ratings might navigate these challenges to drive mission alignment, risk mitigation and alpha generation.

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Dana Wins First Place Award in P&I's Best Places to Work

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Dec 12, 2018 12:12:31 PM


New York, NY (December 10, 2018) – Dana Investment Advisers won the first place in money managers with 20-49 employees in the 2018 Best Places to Work in Money Management awards announced by Pensions & Investments today.

Presented by Pensions & Investments, the global news source of money management, sixth-annual survey and recognition program is dedicated to identifying and recognizing the best employers in the money management industry.

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Do Not Fear the Correction

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Dec 5, 2018 5:05:03 PM

Large- and small-cap indices have fallen significantly since the end of September, in a correction that has caught many investors off guard. Recent darlings, such as Amazon and Netflix, fell over 20% and 30%, respectively, before finding support.

However, we really shouldn’t be surprised when stocks with P/E’s of 50 to 100 and year-to-date returns of 50% to 100% undergo a correction. These stocks should be expected to exhibit downside volatility that is similar to their upside volatility when their future growth rates are questioned. High P/E stocks are most sensitive to changes in their expected growth rates in the future. Also, all market trends typically both overshoot and undershoot their natural equilibrium points.

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Q&A with Dana Portfolio Manager: Michael Honkamp, CFA

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Nov 30, 2018 11:56:40 AM


Michael Honkamp, CFA joined Dana Investment Advisors in 1999 and has been managing equity portfolios since 2003. Recently, a member of our team sat down with Michael and asked him a few questions about his career and experience.  

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Active versus Passive Investing - The buzz over proxy voting and why it matters

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Nov 20, 2018 9:12:34 AM

As more and more money has flowed into passive index funds and ETFs, there has been growing concern over the level of influence these providers, such as Vanguard and Blackrock, have in terms of proxy voting. Assets in passive products have ballooned, and passive portfolio managers have been forced to buy more and more shares of index constituents, resulting in them being among the largest shareholders of many publicly-traded companies.

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What has really been driving the current bull market?

Posted by Dana Funds Investment Team on Nov 15, 2018 3:00:54 PM

In late August, headlines across financial news media read along the lines of “This is now the longest bull market in history!” While there is some argument around what defines a bull market, whether a large-cap or all-cap index should be observed, and other technicalities including Price Return versus Total Return (which includes dividends), it is safe to say that the market’s run since the Global Financial Crisis has been among the longest bull markets in history.

The U.S. economy continues to hum along. Corporate earnings remain robust, consumer spending is healthy and a tight labor market is supporting inflation, which is hitting the Federal Reserve’s target of 2%. Within the stock market, strong performance in a few narrow areas have largely driven the returns of popular indices such as the S&P 500.

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