Pardon my skepticism, but:
As for low interest rates into 2016: They (the people who pay the young man to address investment committees)---believing it'll be good for
As for a 9% gain for the second half of this year: Bless his heart, the pension portfolio manager is so hopeful, and inexperienced---and wanting to please his audience---that he was willing to parrot what he heard that hedge fund guy say the day before on Bloomberg. God help him if that hedge fund guy is wrong!
As for the Seeking Alpha article: The author makes great points, but at the end of the day he's long stocks and needs to be right.
As for the best fund group over the past 10 years: For this one I'd ask the gentleman; "So were you the highest ranked 10 years ago?" (That would be a no btw.) "Oh, so who was the best?" (He wouldn't know---but let's say he did.) "Oh, and where did they rank for the past 10?" (Not near number one [I'm speculating from experience] btw.) "Oh, so I guess we better stay away from you guys then." My point: 10 year mutual fund track records are almost worthless. There's absolutely no reason to believe that the number one strategy for 10 years (could've been 3 or 4 phenomenal years which produced the best average over 10) will remain such going forward. The odds of a mere human fund manager possessing the insight, and humility (after having been the best for 10 years), to know when the old strategy's luck has run out---and what to do to remain number one going forward---are, well, you tell me.