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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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...

February 2017 Perspective

February 03, 2017 | Market Commentary

U.S. economic growth markedly slowed during the fourth quarter of 2016 according to the advance estimate released in January. Specifically, real GDP growth came in at a 1.9% annual rate, down from the third quarter’s final reading of 3.5%.

January 2017 Perspective

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In December, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members voted unanimously to raise the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points from a range of 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. Following the December 2015 rate hike, this was only the second time the FOMC raised rates in over a decade, an indication of the slow pace at which the U.S. economy has been recovering.

December 2016 Perspective

December 08, 2016 | Market Commentary

Our December Perspective provides our view on the latest US and global economic news. This month’s edition includes updates on China, England, fixed income, and our US outlook in the wake of the election.

November 2016 Perspective

November 03, 2016 | Market Commentary

The advance estimate of U.S. real GDP growth for the third quarter came in at a 2.9% annual rate, up from the second quarter’s 1.4% growth. While this was the best reading in two years...

October 2016 Perspective

October 10, 2016 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Federal Reserve at its September meeting once again did not raise the federal funds rate. Stronger economic data earlier in the summer increased expectations for a Fed move, but...

Markets & Economy » Monthly Market Update - October

October 10, 2016 | Market Commentary

Research Communication Strategist Tom Patterson discusses our perspective on central bank policy, the US election, and the US and global economies in our October Monthly Market Update.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Market Update - September

September 09, 2016 | Market Commentary

Research Communication Strategist Tom Patterson shares Manning & Napier’s U.S. and global economic outlook, with updates on India, China, Brazil, and more.

September 2016 Perspective

September 09, 2016 | Market Commentary

The second estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised down slightly from a 1.2% seasonally-adjusted annual rate to 1.1%. Lower readings for government spending and housing construction were the primary drivers of the adjusted figure.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Market Update - August

August 04, 2016 | Market Commentary

Markets rose in July as concerns regarding the Brexit eased. Research Communication Strategist Tom Patterson shares Manning & Napier's economic outlook for Europe and the United States, highlighting crude oil prices and the Brexit, in the latest Monthly Market Update video.

August 2016 Perspective

August 04, 2016 | Market Commentary

The first estimate of second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth came in at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.2%, which was below consensus expectations. First quarter GDP growth was revised down as well, from 1.1% to 0.8%. Despite the lackluster overall figure, consumer spending remained strong and was by far the top contributor to growth.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Market Update - July

July 06, 2016 | Market Commentary

The Brexit surprised markets in June. Research Communication Strategist, Tom Patterson shares Manning & Napier's outlook for Europe and other economic news in the latest Monthly Market Update video.

July 2016 Perspective

July 06, 2016 | Market Commentary

The nonfarm payroll report released at the beginning of June showed that the economy created only a paltry 38,000 jobs in May, well below the 178,000 average for the first four months of the year. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7% from 5.0%, but only due to a significant drop in the size of the labor force.