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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

July 2017 Perspective

July 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

Growth stocks have had a great start to 2017. As the post-election euphoria wore off, the outperformance of value names and other cyclical sectors gave way to renewed investor interest in companies with capacity to generate their own growth in a slow growth world.

Vantage » Country in Focus: India

June 27, 2017 | Market Commentary

India is one of our most preferred countries from a top-down macroeconomic standpoint, not only within the emerging market universe, but within the entire global investment landscape.

Webinar: Volatility, Valuations, & Complacency

June 22, 2017 | Market Commentary

With volatility at all time lows and elevated valuations, how does complacency factor in? Managing Director of Quantitative Strategies, Christopher Petrosino, and Portfolio Strategist, Darin Leone, discuss balancing risk and reward while seeking opportunities moving forward.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » 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.

June 2017 Perspective

June 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

Recall that in late 2016, we shifted our U.S. and global macro overviews, stating that while growth may marginally improve, we expected it to remain bound within the post-global financial crisis range. We stand by this view.

Markets & Economy » Campaign Promises and Political Reality

June 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

President Donald Trump won the presidency with a platform focused in part on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, promising to usher in a new “Industrial Revolution.” In 2016, manufacturing accounted for approximately 12% of U.S. GDP, or about $2 trillion. Despite its importance to the economy, however, the manufacturing industry is no longer the major employer it once was.

Markets & Economy » Rising Investor Sentiment May Mean Little for the Economy

May 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

The post-election confidence boom that drove fresh market highs appears to be waning. Confidence-driven trades swing both ways, and should optimism fully revert, we could see increased short-term volatility.

Vantage » Country In Focus: France

May 10, 2017 | Market Commentary

France has been in the news recently due to its contentious presidential election. Our newest Country in Focus goes beyond the headlines to examine the world’s sixth largest economy.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Outlook - May

May 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

We consider how European politics, the Fed, and tax reform will affect the markets in our new Monthly Outlook video.

May 2017 Perspective

May 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Domestic and international political uncertainties led to a significant risk-off move during April, driving a further reversal of the reflation trade and a mild flight to safe haven assets.