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.

Federal Reserve Hikes Rates, Ushers in Accelerated Pace

March 16, 2017 | Fixed Income

In a widely expected move, on Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve policymakers chose to hike interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent...

2017 Could be the Year of the Active Manager

February 10, 2017 | Active Management

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With the value of active management called into question in recent years, we are compelled to consider our history to see what we might be able to glean about the reality of today’s environment.

Monthly Outlook - February

February 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

Monthly Outlook video for February provides an update on the US and global economy; including the impacts of President Trump, the ongoing Brexit negotiations, fixed income, and more.

Marc Bushallow

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Fed Raises Rates: Implications for Fixed Income Investors

December 23, 2016 | Fixed Income

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to increase the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points last week, moving the target range from 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. This is the second rate hike in over a decade; the federal funds target rate was last raised in December 2015, also by 25 basis points.

Marc Bushallow

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

A Primer on TIPS in Today’s Market Environment

February 25, 2016 | Fixed Income

Inflation, or the lack thereof, continues to be a hot topic among economic and market forecasters. Weak aggregate demand worldwide and the resulting pattern of slow global growth has contributed to persistently low inflation...

Addressing Long-Term Goals During Short-Term Volatility

January 26, 2016 | Market Commentary

Assumptions about future returns are made every day by a wide variety of investors. These assumptions are often based on annualized returns that can mask tremendous amounts of performance variation.

Inflation is Not Dead: What to Expect in 2016

January 11, 2016 | Fixed Income

Years of disinflation coupled with very low market expectations for future inflation have lulled many investors into a false sense of security that inflation can’t happen in the U.S.

The Fed Concludes its Countdown to Liftoff

December 17, 2015 | Fixed Income

Following its two-day December meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate for the first time since December 2008. The rate will increase from a range of 0% to 0.25% to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%.

Marc Bushallow

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

No Change in Rates: Comments on the Fed Decision

September 17, 2015 | Market Commentary

Following their two day meeting in mid-September, members of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate. The rate will remain within the current 0% to 0.25% range, where it has been since December 2008.

Marc Bushallow

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

The Great Rate Hike

September 11, 2015 | Fixed Income

Recent headlines suggest that bond investors are bracing for heightened volatility in fixed income markets, with pundits citing an eventual Fed rate hike as the catalyst that could give rise to further market gyrations.

Puerto Rico Adds Pressure to Muni Market Outflows

September 10, 2015 | Fixed Income

Puerto Rico was thrust into the spotlight after missing a $58 million bond payment in early August. Fixed income markets stumbled on the news, but the country’s fiscal troubles should come as no major surprise.

High Yield Bonds: The Seventh Inning Stretch

July 30, 2013 | Fixed Income

It’s widely known that since the financial crisis, high yield bonds have performed strongly. Even since the “spring 2012 sell-off,” spreads have rallied approximately 275 basis points through May 2013. Yet, spreads are still approximately 225 basis points lower than before the great sell-off.