Markets & Economy

Checking in on the Fed and Market Rally

November 11, 2022 | Investing

Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman Jerome Powell stepped to the podium at his most recent press conference and delivered a very clear message: The market should expect rates to remain higher for longer. This sent markets lower and led to an aggressive repricing higher of the Fed’s terminal rate. …

What a Strong US Dollar Means

October 20, 2022 | Investing

The US dollar has picked up momentum throughout the year and is currently the strongest it has been in decades. When the dollar gets stronger other currencies grow weaker, and right now it is leading the pact against the euro, British pound, and Japanese yen. While a ‘strong’ US dollar sounds …

Protecting You from Yourself

September 28, 2022 | Investing

In investing, there’s no limit to how high a stock can go. Worst case, a stock can go off the board (i.e., to zero), and you’ll lose what you put in. But best case, a stock can go up 2x, 5x, 10x or more, delivering massive gains to the long-term investor. This wide range of outcomes is the …

Cracks in the Credit Markets

September 13, 2022 | Investing

Although credits spreads have widened across bond markets in 2022, they are still relatively compressed per historical standards Swaps are a derivative tool primarily relevant to institutional investors, but they can provide useful insights for all investors Swap spreads are rapidly …

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Europe’s Energy Crisis

September 13, 2022 | Investing

Russia has taken the next step, escalating its conflict with Europe by indefinitely shutting off gas supplies to Europe. Citing economic sanctions imposed by the West, Russia has closed the taps to its Nord Stream 1 pipeline, throwing Europe into its biggest energy crisis in decades. We are …

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Surviving Market Ups and Downs

August 25, 2022 | Investing

No one likes to be whipsawed, and this year has left investors riding on quite the rollercoaster. If 2021 was the lift up to the first drop, well that hill peaked in January, and we’ve all been going through loops ever since. But whereas theme park rides are meant to be fun—for the most part— …

Positioning for a Downturn within Real Estate

August 10, 2022 | Investing

Key takeaways: Given our outlook that the chance of a recession occurring has increased, we are making appropriate asset allocation adjustments to include more defensive positions Real estate is an area that, when managed correctly, can be positioned to provide a degree of downside risk …

3 Stock Themes We Like

July 28, 2022 | Investing

Today, we are sharing a couple trends in the consumer goods sector that we think present attractive investment opportunities. As an active manager, we are constantly evaluating companies and industries that could make a good fit for one of three investment strategies. But first, how do we …

Looking Over the Inflation Peak

July 14, 2022 | Investing

Update 7/14/2022 This week’s 9.1% headline Consumer Price Index (CPI) inflation reading was certainly a shock to many market observers. There is no doubt that inflation has proved more resilient than most Wall Street expectations from a year plus ago as the stickier components of inflation (i.e., …

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