Afraid of a Market Pullback? Hybrid Approaches for Uncertain Times

The economy has staged an impressive comeback from last year's drop, fueling concerns that the market at large is overvalued. Forward-thinking investors may want to consider hybrid approaches. Convertible bonds have the potential to generate equity-like returns without the volatility, while preferred stocks may enhance yield without sacrificing credit quality. Join American Century Investments and ETF Trends to explore alternate strategies for a market that is stretching valuations to precipitous levels.

March 15, 2021
11am PT | 2pm ET
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Topics will include:

  • Why the market has impressed, and where it could go from here
  • How convertible bonds can potentially offset risk and diversify your holdings
  • How financial advisors can seamlessly incorporate a preferred stock strategy into existing portfolios
  • How an active approach may help address potential drawbacks of an index-based approach

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Sandra Testani, CFA, CAIA

Vice President, ETF Product and Strategy
American Century Investments

Rene Casis

Vice President, ETF Portfolio Manager
American Century Investments

Tom Lydon

ETF Trends

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