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Markets & Economy » What Happened and What’s Next for Fixed Income

February 13, 2018 | Market Commentary

Looking Back: An Era of “Goldilocks” The past year brought cheer across the financial markets. The world saw synchronized global growth and soft inflation readings, and with the exception of recent market gyrations, volatility persisted near historically low levels. Nothing was “too hot or too …

Library » February 2018 Perspective

February 08, 2018 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy US stocks began 2018 right where they left off, marching steadily higher. The synchronized global expansion persisted into the New Year, aiding US economic growth and supporting equity prices. Rising corporate earnings, tax reform, and elevated investor sentiment have each also …

Markets & Economy » Volatility Awakens

February 06, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave up more than 1,100 points yesterday in its largest one-day point decline on record. The S&P 500 dropped 4.1% for the day, and the CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index more than doubled. The downward move in equities began early last week, and the selloff …

Markets & Economy » Implications of the Federal Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

Early Saturday morning, after Senate lawmakers failed to pass a short-term funding bill, the U.S. federal government began a shutdown of all non-essential services in the first federal government shutdown since October 2013. To reopen the government, the Senate needs a 60 vote supermajority, …

Library » January 2018 Perspective

January 05, 2018 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy 2017 was a great year for investors as strong returns pushed domestic equities to fresh all-time highs. Robust equity performance was seen across many of the major indices both domestically and abroad. Most fixed income sectors posted healthy gains as well. At the same time, …

Markets & Economy » Tax Reform Implications

December 22, 2017 | Market Commentary

Congressional Republicans passed a sweeping overhaul of the U.S. tax code last week in what is the most significant change to tax policy in 31 years. The bill, titled The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was signed into law by President Trump this morning. One of the central goals of The Tax Cuts and …

Library » December 2017 Perspective

December 07, 2017 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy The current bull market rolled on in the month of November as the S&P 500 kept rising, closing above 2,600 for the first time ever. The U.S. large-cap equity market is now up over 350% since the trough of the financial crisis, marking one of the longest bull markets in American …

Markets & Economy » Don’t Rule Out That Raise

November 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

As Federal Reserve policymakers move further along on plans for monetary policy normalization, they will look to key inflation indicators in deciding the appropriate pace of tightening. One of those key indicators, wage growth, has been disappointingly modest over the course of the current …

Library » November 2017 Perspective

November 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy In recent months, we have discussed the emergence of a synchronized global expansion unfolding across most economic regions. Though the expansion is not expected to be a sharp move, it has the potential to impact the U.S. economy and has thus far contributed to a modest …

Markets & Economy » Economic Recovery from a Natural Disaster

September 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting the sun belt of the United States, natural disasters are taking a devastating toll on life and property. Our hearts go out to all those affected. In this post, we explore the economic effects of natural disasters. Natural disasters of this scale are …


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