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What Happened and What’s Next for Fixed Income

February 13, 2018 | Market Commentary

Looking Back: An Era of “Goldilocks” The past year brought cheer across the financial markets. The world saw synchronized global growth and soft inflation readings, and with the exception of recent market gyrations, volatility persisted near historically low levels. Nothing was “too hot or too …

Volatility Awakens

February 06, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave up more than 1,100 points yesterday in its largest one-day point decline on record. The S&P 500 dropped 4.1% for the day, and the CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index more than doubled. The downward move in equities began early last week, and the selloff …

Implications of the Federal Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

Early Saturday morning, after Senate lawmakers failed to pass a short-term funding bill, the U.S. federal government began a shutdown of all non-essential services in the first federal government shutdown since October 2013. To reopen the government, the Senate needs a 60 vote supermajority, …

Retail Fights Back

January 19, 2018 | Market Commentary

Amazon gets all the headlines and for good reason; the online retailer is a juggernaut and has so far disrupted nearly every corner of retail. Its subscription service, Amazon Prime, is growing by millions of people each year, and after its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon has …

A Bitcoin Education

January 03, 2018 | Market Commentary

Bitcoin is on a meteoric rise. The cryptocurrency rose more than 13x in 2017 and has risen exponentially since first breaking onto the scene early this decade. While bitcoin’s price has soared at an astounding, orders-of-magnitude scale, the road has not always been smooth. From the day of the …

Tax Reform Implications

December 22, 2017 | Market Commentary

Congressional Republicans passed a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code last week in what is the most significant change to tax policy in 31 years. The bill, titled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed into law by President Trump this morning. One of the central goals of The Tax Cuts and …

Would You Buy This Smart Beta Strategy?

December 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Smart beta investing strategies are on a roll. As one of the fastest growing exchange-traded fund (ETF) categories, there are now nearly 700 available in the market. With the number of smart beta ETFs increasing every year, their surging popularity is grabbing investor attention as the approach …

Don’t Rule Out That Raise

November 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

As Federal Reserve policymakers move further along on plans for monetary policy normalization, they will look to key inflation indicators in deciding the appropriate pace of tightening. One of those key indicators, wage growth, has been disappointingly modest over the course of the current …


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