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.

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.

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.

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%.

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...

Financial Planning » Presidential Politics and Your Planning

October 19, 2016 | Market Commentary

Our Family Wealth Management group discusses how a new president will affect your taxes, and how should you plan for different outcomes.

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 » Hillary, Donald, and Investing

September 26, 2016 | Market Commentary

The U.S. presidential election is now full steam ahead, with the first debate between the Democratic and Republican candidates happening tonight. The campaign still plays itself out across traditional media such as print and television, but increasingly the narrative of the election is being shaped seemingly hour-by-hour through social media.

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.

Vantage » Checking in on the Consumer

June 30, 2016 | Active Management

The U.S. consumer is widely known to be the major contributor to domestic economic activity. In fact, the American consumer’s share of the U.S. economy (over 68%) ranks among the highest in the world.

Markets & Economy » Monthly Market Update - June

June 08, 2016 | Market Commentary

Research Communication Strategist Tom Patterson shares Manning & Napier’s outlook on the latest economic news, including Japan’s stimulus options, Brazil’s impeachment proceedings, and the possibility of another federal funds rate hike in the U.S.

June 2016 Perspective

June 03, 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.

May 2016 Perspective

May 05, 2016 | Market Commentary

From a potential “Brexit,” to the effects of the Chinese government stimulus, to the Rousseff impeachment proceedings in Brazil; we expect volatility will be the name of the game in the near future. Learn more about our views on these and other issues in the May 2016 Perspective Newsletter.

March 2016 Perspective

March 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, up from an initial estimate of 0.7% growth. A change to inventories accounted for nearly all of the upward revision.