Markets & Economy

Perspective on what’s trending in the markets and how it impacts investors

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 …

2017 Could be the Year of the Active Manager

February 10, 2017 | Active Management

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With the value of active management called into question in recent years, we are compelled to consider our history to see what we might be able to glean about the realities of today’s environment. Active …

Monthly Outlook - February

February 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

Monthly Outlook video for February provides an update on the US and global economy; including the impacts of President Trump, the ongoing Brexit negotiations, fixed income, and more.   Read our February Perspective for a more thorough summary of the current market environment.

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Fed Raises Rates: Implications for Fixed Income Investors

December 23, 2016 | Fixed Income

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to increase the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points last week, moving the target range from 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. This is the second rate hike in over a decade; the federal funds target rate was last raised in December 2015, …

These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and …


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