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June 05, 2018 | Market Commentary

Italian Politics Roil Markets In late May, initial attempts in Italy to form a coalition government between the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right League failed, sparking a political crisis and market turmoil. Italian bond yields surged and the debt of other periphery EU countries …

Library » First Quarter 2018 International Perspective

April 24, 2018 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Following last year’s relative tranquility, global equity market volatility picked up during the first quarter of 2018. Market gyrations first materialized in early February, driven by an increase in reported wages for US workers that came in well above consensus …

Library » Fourth Quarter 2017 International Perspective

January 25, 2018 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets ended 2017 on a strong note, up nearly 6% for the fourth quarter and 24% for the year. Performance was broadly positive, with both developed and emerging markets turning in strong double-digit returns for the 12-month period. Emerging market equities …

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 » 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 » 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 …


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