Markets & Economy

The Fate of Cash and the Growth of the Digital Wallet

May 08, 2017 | Investment Themes

There’s been a lot of excitement around the digital wallet. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, Visa Checkout, Masterpass, Chase Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and SnapCash have all shared in the headlines, but while the move to mobile is real, how to invest in the transition away from cash might be …

The First 100 Days, an Investor’s Perspective

May 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

Markets rode a roller coaster during President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Upon inauguration, confidence hovered near its post-recession peak and continued to grow upbeat. This helped support markets, which hit all-time highs shortly following the president’s well-received Congressional …

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. PM May is currently an unelected leader, appointed to the role in an internal, Conservative party …

REITs: Can the Best Performing Asset Class Maintain its Crown?

April 03, 2017 | Investment Themes

Since the U.S. recession ended in 2009, the real estate sector has outperformed the broader equity market. The MSCI US REIT Index has returned over 20% on an annualized basis versus the S&P 500’s 15% return. Further, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been the best performing asset …

Federal Reserve Hikes Rates, Ushers in Accelerated Pace

March 16, 2017 | Fixed Income

In a widely expected move, on Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve policymakers chose to hike interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent, noting increased inflationary pressures and economic activity that has continued to expand at a moderate pace. The …

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 for his key pro-growth policies (e.g., …

Unearthing Opportunities in Biotech

February 22, 2017 | Investment Themes

A number of defining characteristics of markets and economies signal a more challenging environment for investors. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations are generally on the expensive side of neutral, forward return expectations are relatively muted, and the number …


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