Markets & Economy

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The Market Rides the Volatility Wave — What to Know About China

January 20, 2016 | Market Commentary

U.S. equity markets got off to a rough start in 2016. During the first week of the year, major domestic indices were down around 6%, with the S&P 500 registering its worst five-day performance to open a year in history. Volatility continued last week. As with the market downturn last summer, …

Inflation is Not Dead: What to Expect in 2016

January 11, 2016 | Fixed Income

Years of disinflation coupled with very low market expectations for future inflation have lulled many investors into a false sense of security that inflation can’t happen in the U.S. Indeed, deflationary forces have recently been keeping a lid on inflation, including: A strong USD, which …

The Fed Concludes its Countdown to Liftoff

December 17, 2015 | Fixed Income

Following its two-day December meeting, the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate for the first time since December 2008. The rate will increase from a range of 0% to 0.25% to a range of 0.25% to 0.5%. …

A Long-Awaited Turning Point for Argentina?

December 10, 2015 | Emerging Markets

Argentina went to the polls on November 22 and elected Buenos Aires Mayor Mauricio Macri as its next president. Macri’s win over ruling-party candidate Daniel Scioli was seen as a rejection of the interventionist economic policies pursued by President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner (and her …

Selectivity: The New Way Forward for Investors

November 19, 2015 | Investment Themes

Shifting tides in the global economic backdrop during 2015 led us to make broad changes to our equity sector allocations throughout the year. We believe these changes position investor portfolios to capture what we view as the best opportunities in global equity markets that we expect to play …

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 …


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