Markets & Economy

Campaign Promises and Political Reality

June 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

President Donald Trump won the presidency with a platform focused in part on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States, promising to usher in a new “Industrial Revolution.” In 2016, manufacturing accounted for approximately 12% of U.S. GDP, or about $2 trillion. Despite its …

Rising Investor Sentiment May Mean Little for the Economy

May 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

The post-election confidence boom that drove fresh market highs appears to be waning. Confidence-driven trades swing both ways, and should optimism fully revert, we could see increased short-term volatility. At these market levels, we believe it is critical that investors avoid chasing returns …

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 …


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