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.

Europe has Reached an Inflection Point

July 06, 2017 | Investment Themes

We believe Europe has reached an inflection point. We lay out the case for a European investment revival in our new chartbook.

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 » 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 » Theresa May Calls for Snap Election

April 19, 2017 | International Markets

On Tuesday, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election on June 8, hoping to consolidate power and strengthen her Brexit negotiating position against the European Union.

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 » 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...

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%.

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.

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.

Markets & Economy » Italian Prime Minister Resigns

December 05, 2016 | Market Commentary

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has tendered his resignation after the country voted “No” on a referendum of proposed constitutional changes that he championed. Learn more about our perspective and what this could mean for investors in our new post.

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.