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Markets & Economy » Retail Fights Back

January 19, 2018 | Market Commentary

Amazon gets all the headlines and for good reason; the online retailer is a juggernaut and has so far disrupted nearly every corner of retail. Its subscription service, Amazon Prime, is growing by millions of people each year, and after its recent acquisition of Whole Foods, Amazon has …

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 » Retail Closures on Record Pace

October 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

The state of U.S. retailing continues to dominate headlines in 2017 as retailers grapple with the ramifications of a rapidly changing industry. It has become commonplace to hear of retailer plans to shutter or aggressively scale-back on brick-and-mortar locations.

Library » May 2017 Perspective

May 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Domestic and international political uncertainties led to a significant risk-off move during April, driving a further reversal of the reflation trade and a mild flight to safe haven assets.

Library » March 2017 Perspective

March 07, 2017 | Market Commentary

Two of the first pieces of national economic news released each month are the Institute for Supply Management (ISM) Reports on Business. The first report covers the manufacturing sector, which is followed by a release covering non-manufacturing activity. These surveys can have a meaningful …

Library » February 2017 Perspective

February 03, 2017 | Market Commentary

U.S. economic growth markedly slowed during the fourth quarter of 2016 according to the advance estimate released in January. Specifically, real GDP growth came in at a 1.9% annual rate, down from the third quarter’s final reading of 3.5%.

Markets & Economy » The U.S. Consumer: A Potential Bright Spot

October 12, 2016 | Market Commentary

In the years following the global financial crisis, the American consumer was faced with a particularly challenging economic environment. The unemployment rate climbed from just under 4.5% in 2007 to 10% only two years later as millions of workers suddenly found themselves out of a job. The …

Vantage » Research Note - October 2016

October 04, 2016 | Market Commentary

Slow growth and volatility have been the status quo throughout most of the current expansion. Our indicators suggest these features are likely to remain in place for now, but it is still important to consider what could threaten this outlook. Expectations for low growth can prove incorrect not …


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