Understanding Mutual Fund Distributions

October 13, 2017 | Investment Themes

Mutual fund distributions can be confusing. What are they and how do they impact mutual fund investors? Brush up on the basics in this article.

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October 13, 2017 | Investment Themes

Attractive investment opportunities can be found all over the world and small, well-run international companies can provide investors access to some of these compelling opportunities in today's marketplace. However, despite an increasingly globalized world and ever-growing access to foreign markets, international small cap equities remain broadly overlooked and underinvested.

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.

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.

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April 11, 2017 | Active Management

Today’s environment has become increasingly challenging for investors that are reliant on income generation. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations for both fixed income and equity securities have become less compelling, forward return expectations are relatively muted...

January 2017 YourShare

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, financial markets responded positively to expectations for policies from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump that could lead to more growth, higher inflation, and higher yields.

October 2016 YourShare

October 12, 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...

July 2016 YourShare

June 29, 2016 | Market Commentary

There continues to be mixed economic data coming out of the U.S. For example, while manufacturing survey data remain soft and the jobs report released at the beginning of May came in below consensus forecasts, retail sales have been relatively strong and the growth in new home sales has been stellar.

April 2016 YourShare

April 07, 2016 | Market Commentary

A revised estimate of real gross domestic product (GDP) showed the economy expanded at a 1.0% annualized rate in the fourth quarter of 2015, up from an initial estimate of 0.7% growth.

January 2016 YourShare

January 04, 2016 | Market Commentary

The latest report on U.S. nonfarm payrolls showed they surged in October by the most this year. The addition of 271,000 jobs made up for weaker figures in August and September and pushed the three-month average for new jobs to about 190,000.

October 2015 YourShare

October 07, 2015 | Market Commentary

World financial markets swooned during August as concerns over slowing global economic growth resurfaced. Recent reports on the U.S. economy remained generally good, however, and this helped quell investor nerves to a degree near month-end.

July 2015 YourShare

July 06, 2015 | Market Commentary

The U.S. housing market appears to have regained its stride after the cold winter according to recent data on new and existing homes sales. Existing home sales accelerated back above a 5 million unit seasonally adjusted annual sales pace in March and clocked-in at 5.04 million units during April. In January, existing homes were changing hands at a 4.82 million yearly rate.

April 2015 YourShare

April 23, 2015 | Market Commentary

While recent economic data has been generally solid in an absolute sense, results consistently fell short of consensus expectations during the first quarter of 2015. The image below illustrates the inclination of economic observers to extrapolate recent trends into the future.

January 2015 YourShare

January 05, 2015 | Market Commentary

The usual flow of monthly information on the domestic economy did not reveal any major surprises over the past few weeks. U.S. retail sales rose 0.3% during October, erasing declines from September that were similar in magnitude. Of the 13 main retail categories tracked by the Department of Commerce...

October 2014 YourShare

October 02, 2014 | Market Commentary

Regarding the latest domestic economic releases, most have been fairly robust. Among the more oft-cited bright spots recently are Institute for Supply Management (ISM) surveys, hiring, and lending. In contrast, other key economic components have displayed signs of softness during the past several months.

July 2014 YourShare

July 03, 2014 | Market Commentary

The effects of a harsh winter were glaringly apparent in the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ second estimate of first quarter growth in U.S. GDP. According to their report, the domestic economy contracted at a 1% annualized rate during the first three months of the year.

April 2014 YourShare

April 02, 2014 | Market Commentary

Signs of a softening domestic economy continued to arrive during February. Metrics such as payroll growth and vehicle sales missed consensus forecasts and were incrementally lower as compared to recent months. Among market pundits a popular scapegoat for the...

January 2014 YourShare

January 06, 2014 | Market Commentary

Recent data suggest that the domestic economy was gaining some momentum leading up to the government shutdown. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) expanded at a 2.8% annualized pace from July through September according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis’ advance estimate.

October 2013 YourShare

October 08, 2013 | Market Commentary

All eyes will be on members of the Federal Open Market Committee when they meet in mid-September to deliberate on the future course for domestic monetary policy. At this point, the market consensus is expecting the committee to agree to slow the pace of securities purchases, which are part of the central bank’s third round of quantitative easing.

July 2013 YourShare

July 02, 2013 | Market Commentary

The latest economic reports continue to paint an image of a slowly expanding domestic economy. Among the more encouraging recent data were solid job gains during April, higher consumer confidence, and further evidence that the housing market recovery is gaining steam.