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January 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets shook off an October decline and finished the fourth quarter markedly higher on the heels of Donald Trump winning the U.S. presidential election. Expectations for policies that could lead to greater economic growth, including tax reform, increased …

Library » January 2017 Perspective

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In December, Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) members voted unanimously to raise the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points from a range of 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. Following the December 2015 rate hike, this was only the second time the FOMC raised rates in over a decade, an indication …

Vantage » Country In Focus: Japan

January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

Japan seems to have fallen off the financial media radar of late, so perhaps it is a good time to check in with the world’s third largest economy. Even as the political calendar continues to heat up with the recent U.S. election which now shifts to Europe, Japan remains at the forefront of …

Library » Third Quarter 2016 International Perspective

October 17, 2016 | Market Commentary

Quarterly Market Review Movements in global equity markets were relatively subdued during most of the period, but as the September meetings of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and Bank of Japan (BoJ) drew near, moderate levels of volatility returned to financial markets. This was largely due to …

Library » October 2016 Perspective

October 10, 2016 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Federal Reserve at its September meeting once again did not raise the federal funds rate. Stronger economic data earlier in the summer increased expectations for a Fed move, but data for August that was released before the meeting painted a less optimistic picture of the U.S. economy and …


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