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.

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.

Second Quarter 2017 International Perspective

July 20, 2017 | International Markets

Rising corporate profits, a generally improved global economic backdrop, and continued support from central banks sent equities higher across the globe during the second quarter. International equity markets delivered another strong quarter of returns during the April through June period, and have generated approximately 14% year-to-date.

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.

Semi-Annual Outlook

June 26, 2017 | Active Management

As we enter the second half of 2017, we provide our view of what to expect in global financial markets, and highlight how active management may help navigate the current market environment.

Markets & Economy » 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.

Markets & Economy » The Fate of Cash and the Growth of the Digital Wallet

May 08, 2017 | Investment Themes

There’s been a lot of excitement around the digital wallet. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, Visa Checkout, Masterpass, Chase Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and SnapCash have all shared in the headlines, but while the move to mobile is real, how to invest in the transition away from cash might be different than it appears.

First Quarter 2017 International Perspective

April 13, 2017 | International Markets

International equity markets turned in very strong performance during the first quarter of 2017, and although developed equities delivered strong returns, emerging markets (EM) were the notable outperformers.

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.

Markets & Economy » 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...

Markets & Economy » Emerging Markets Update: Trends Affecting Emerging Markets

March 09, 2017 | Emerging Markets

Entering 2016, many emerging market countries continued struggling to find a new growth model in the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis. While economic growth in emerging markets briefly rebounded...

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...

Markets & Economy » Stocks Surge and Uncertainty Looms Following President Trump’s Address

March 02, 2017 | Market Commentary

In his first major speech since inauguration, President Donald Trump addressed his laundry list of outstanding campaign promises with a more conciliatory tone. Many political commentators approved of his more measured approach, but specifics remain absent...

Markets & Economy » Unearthing Opportunities in Biotech

February 22, 2017 | Investment Themes

A number of defining characteristics of markets and economies signal a more challenging environment for investors. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations are generally on the expensive side of neutral, forward return expectations are relatively muted...

Fourth Quarter 2016 International Perspective

January 24, 2017 | International Markets

Global equity markets shook off an October decline and finished the fourth quarter markedly higher on the heels of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Expectations for policies that could lead to greater economic growth, including tax reform, increased fiscal spending, and reduced regulation, helped boost U.S. equity markets with those returns spilling over into global equity indices.

Marc Bushallow

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » 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.

Vantage » Research Note - December 2016

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

Does the election of Donald Trump plus a Republican majority in the House and Senate equal a change in our economic overview? We look beyond the splashy headlines to contemplate this question in our new Research Note.

Markets & Economy » These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and Industrial stocks.

Markets & Economy » The U.S. Consumer: A Potential Bright Spot

October 12, 2016 | Market Commentary

Wage growth in the U.S. is finally starting to trend upward. Could the American consumer be poised for a turnaround?

Markets & Economy » Digital Trends Driving Opportunity

June 02, 2016 | Investment Themes

As consumers spend more time online, we expect to see a commensurate shift in advertising and retail sales dollars away from traditional forms towards the internet. Learn about how we are capitalizing on these long-term trends in our new blog post, Digital Trends Driving Opportunity.