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.

Markets & Economy » The First 100 Days, an Investor’s Perspective

May 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

Markets rode a rollercoaster during President Trump’s first 100 days in office. We look at some of the most noteworthy events for his administration.

Vantage » Research Note - April 2017

April 21, 2017 | Market Commentary

Sentiment has improved in recent months, but actual economic growth has not kept up. At what point should you consider portfolio adjustments? We discuss hard data vs. soft data in our Research Note.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Outlook - April

April 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Our monthly outlook video includes our perspective on interest rates, consumer sentiment, politics, and more.

April 2017 Perspective

April 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Our April 2017 Perspective offers our take on the U.S. and global economy; including updates on the recent U.S. fed funds policy interest rate hike, Brexit, scandal in South Korea, and more.

Webinar: Economic Expectations vs. Economic Reality

March 23, 2017 | Market Commentary

In recent months, there has been a marked improvement in economic expectation surveys of both consumers and businesses. How do we put these surging expectations into proper context considering where the United States is in the economic cycle? Managing Director of Quantitative Strategies, Christopher Petrosino, and Portfolio Strategist, Colby Feane, discuss moving forward.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Outlook - March

March 07, 2017 | Market Commentary

How will today’s headlines affect tomorrow’s investments? Our outlook video for March provides our perspective on the latest economic news.

March 2017 Perspective

March 07, 2017 | Market Commentary

Two of the first pieces of national economic news released each month are the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Reports on Business. The first report covers the manufacturing sector, which is followed by a release covering non-manufacturing activity. These surveys can have a meaningful influence on investor and business confidence...

Vantage » Research Note - March 2017

March 03, 2017 | Market Commentary

Since the surprising results of the U.S. presidential election in November, the equity markets (especially those in the U.S.) have generally marched steadily upward. In fact, through mid-February, almost all major global equity indices have generated positive returns year-to-date.