Monthly Outlook - December

December 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

In our last Monthly Outlook video of 2017, we look back at the year’s economic news and discuss where we might be headed in 2018.

Would You Buy This Smart Beta Strategy?

December 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Smart beta investing strategies are on a roll. As one of the fastest growing exchange-traded fund (ETF) categories, there are now nearly 700 available in the market. With the number of smart beta ETFs increasing every year, their surging popularity is grabbing investor attention...

Don’t Rule Out That Raise

November 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

As Federal Reserve policymakers move further along on plans for monetary policy normalization, they will look to key inflation indicators in deciding the appropriate pace of tightening. One of those key indicators, wage growth, has been disappointingly modest over the course of the current business cycle according to some measures.

Monthly Outlook - November

November 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

We discuss the new Federal Reserve chair, U.S. economic growth, and more in our Monthly Outlook Update video for November.

FAQs: Current Environment and Recent Events – What Does it Mean to Investors?

October 26, 2017 | Market Commentary

With the U.S. stock market reaching new highs, uncertainty surrounding policy implementation, and a series of natural disasters, we’ve recently received a number of questions on potential impacts to the economy and investors. In the below Q&A we answer your most frequently asked questions on these topics.

Retail Closures on Record Pace

October 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

The state of U.S. retailing continues to dominate headlines in 2017 as retailers grapple with the ramifications of a rapidly changing industry. It has become commonplace to hear of retailer plans to shutter or aggressively scale-back on brick-and-mortar locations. The challenges highlight the impact of e-commerce and changing consumer demands.

Monthly Outlook - October

October 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

What will quantitative tightening mean for the U.S. economy? We discuss in our new video.

Auto Loans are Starting to Rev Up

September 28, 2017 | Market Commentary

U.S. auto debt swelled to a record high $1.2 trillion at the end of the second quarter. This is the 25th consecutive quarter of auto loan growth, with the total outstanding balance now up 70% from a post-crisis low of $700 million in 2010.

Jeff Donlon

Jeff Donlon

Managing Director, Global Strategies Group

Europe Q&A with Jeff Donlon

September 25, 2017 | Market Commentary

European markets have been under pressure in recent years. However, the tide is turning for Europe and European equities given the current economic landscape, presenting an attractive opportunity for investors. Jeff Donlon, CFA, Managing Director of Manning & Napier’s Global Strategies Group, answers a few questions to help investors better understand our outlook on Europe.

The True Cost of Higher Education

September 20, 2017 | Market Commentary

Student loan debt is a $1.3 trillion problem in the United States, and it’s showing few signs of slowing down. On average, borrowers owe a staggering 70% more upon graduation than their predecessors just a decade ago.

The Consumer Debt Burden [Infographic]

September 14, 2017 | Market Commentary

U.S. household debt has surpassed previous peak credit bubble levels. Check out our new infographic on proliferating consumer debt.

Economic Recovery from a Natural Disaster

September 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting the sun belt of the United States, natural disasters are taking a devastating toll on life and property. Our hearts go out to all those affected. In this blog, we explore the economic effects of natural disasters.

Monthly Outlook - September

September 11, 2017 | Market Commentary

Our Monthly Outlook Update provides our perspective on North Korea, the Whole Foods/Amazon deal, fixed income, and more.

Colby Feane

Colby Feane

Portfolio Strategist

The Benefits of Investing in REITs

August 14, 2017 | Investment Themes

Real Estate is a unique asset class that provides a balanced mix of total return and diversification benefits to a broader portfolio.

Monthly Outlook - August

August 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

We talk policy implementation, recession odds, and opportunity in Europe in our Monthly Outlook Update video for August.

Monthly Outlook - July

July 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

Where are the markets headed during the second half of 2017? We offer our take on this and more in the Monthly Outlook Update video for July.

It’s Copper’s Time to Shine

June 21, 2017 | Investment Themes

The copper industry has been in a state of duress for the last several years following the end of the China-driven commodity supercycle. This industry pressure led to pricing declines and supply constraints, but with demand predicted to remain stable, we believe the industry is ripe for a multi-year deficit which presents opportunities for investors.

Theresa May Loses Parliamentary Majority

June 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In April, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be held June 8 in an effort to consolidate power and strengthen her Brexit negotiating position against the European Union.

Three Reasons to Invest in International Small Cap Equities

June 08, 2017 | Investment Themes

Small, well-run companies exist all over the world providing investors with dynamic growth potential and attractive investment opportunities. Despite this, international small cap equities remain underinvested and largely overlooked by investors.

Monthly Outlook - June

June 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

Despite optimism, U.S. economic growth has remained slow. What needs to happen to create meaningful change? We discuss this and more in our Monthly Outlook Update for June.