Markets & Economy » 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.

November 2017 Perspective

November 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

In recent months, we have discussed the emergence of a synchronized global expansion unfolding across most economic regions.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Vantage » Research Note: A Closer Look at Wage Growth

October 31, 2017 | Market Commentary

October marks the eight-year anniversary of the first and only month since the early 1980s that headline unemployment reached 10% in the United States. A lot has changed in the intervening eight years.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Financial Planning » Protecting Your Information After the Equifax Data Breach

October 10, 2017 | Market Commentary

As you have likely already heard, Equifax, one of the three large American credit agencies (along with Experian and TransUnion) was hacked earlier this year. Hackers stole the names, addresses, birth dates, and Social Security numbers of approximately 143 million people.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Outlook - October

October 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

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

October 2017 Perspective

October 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

On September 20th, the Federal Reserve announced that it will begin to shrink the size of its balance sheet as it attempts to unwind what has been an unprecedented buildup in central bank assets.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Webinar: Business Cycles & Market Status

September 28, 2017 | Market Commentary

How are current events, such as natural disasters, affecting the economy and markets? How much does the business cycle factor in? We discuss current topics of interest, as well as assess the current market backdrop and its potential impact on asset allocation decisions.

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Jeff Donlon

Managing Director, Global Strategies Group

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

September 2017 Perspective

September 07, 2017 | Market Commentary

Amid the tumultuous political landscape, it seems unreasonable to expect the combination of political uncertainty and financial market calm to last in perpetuity. We feel it is important for investors to prepare for potentially attractive investment opportunities that may arise when volatility eventually returns.

Vantage » Research Note: Watching for Late Cycle Warning Signs

August 15, 2017 | Market Commentary

Our top-down commentary over the past several quarters has consistently maintained the view that while the economy has moved later cycle, there are few observable extremes that suggest a major recession or bear market is imminent.

Markets & Economy » 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.

August 2017 Perspective

August 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

After surging to overly optimistic levels following the U.S. presidential election, business and consumer confidence now appear to be normalizing after generating no major shift to the economic trajectory of the U.S.