Markets & Economy

India’s Economy: Silver Linings Despite Opposition to Reform

October 23, 2015 | Emerging Markets

In late August, India’s parliament finished its summer session without passing two of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s top priorities—a goods-and-services tax (GST) and revisions to the country’s land acquisition laws. Last year we wrote positively about Modi’s election as prime minister …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

No Change in Rates: Comments on the Fed Decision

September 17, 2015 | Market Commentary

Following their two day meeting in mid-September, members of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate. The rate will remain within the current 0% to 0.25% range, where it has been since December 20 …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

The Great Rate Hike

September 11, 2015 | Fixed Income

Recent headlines suggest that bond investors are bracing for heightened volatility in fixed income markets, with pundits citing an eventual Fed rate hike as the catalyst that could give rise to further market gyrations. As the Fed moves toward policy normalization, investors are concerned that …

Puerto Rico Adds Pressure to Muni Market Outflows

September 10, 2015 | Fixed Income

Puerto Rico was thrust into the spotlight after missing a $58 million bond payment in early August. Fixed income markets stumbled on the news, but the country’s fiscal troubles should come as no major surprise. Puerto Rico’s credit rating descended to junk status during February 2014 following …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

“Safe” Can Be Risky

September 01, 2015 | Fixed Income

The last several years have been defined by historically low interest rates, and using a bond index fund to gain market exposure to the broad fixed income market has become a more prevalent investor strategy. While rates have seen historic lows, they are expected to rise over time. Given the …

Ebrahim Busheri

Director of Investments

Our Perspective on Recent Volatility

August 25, 2015 | Market Commentary

Last Thursday and Friday, domestic equity markets saw the sharpest two-day decline since 2011, with the S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrials Index and Nasdaq Composite falling 5-6% over two days. It was a similar start to this week, with broad U.S. stock indexes down approximately another 3% …

China: Should investors run for the exit?

August 12, 2015 | Emerging Markets

Chinese equity markets experienced unprecedented growth in the trailing 12 months ended May, with major equity indices returning more than 125%. Come June, however, cracks began forming, and some investors were left holding the bag. After peaking in mid-June, China’s major equity indices had …

Share Buybacks in Today’s U.S. Equities Environment

July 13, 2015 | Investment Themes

S&P 500 companies announced a record $133 billion in share buybacks in April, furthering a trend that has provided support to U.S. equity markets in recent years. The surge in companies buying back their own stock is getting a lot of attention these days. It seems normal for those in the …


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