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Markets & Economy » The Fate of Cash and the Growth of the Digital Wallet

May 08, 2017 | Investment Themes

There’s been a lot of excitement around the digital wallet. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, Visa Checkout, Masterpass, Chase Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and SnapCash have all shared in the headlines, but while the move to mobile is real, how to invest in the transition away from cash might be …

Vantage » Research Note - April 2017

April 21, 2017 | Market Commentary

In the early 1700s, one of the most popular stocks in England was that of the South Sea Company, which traded goods in the Americas and other parts of the world. With European overseas expansion in full swing, these types of companies appealed to many investors, including one-Sir Isaac Newton. …

Library » First Quarter 2017 International Perspective

April 13, 2017 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review International equity markets turned in very strong performance during the first quarter of 2017, and although developed equities delivered strong returns, emerging markets (EM) were the notable outperformers. EMs generated an over 11% return—nearly double that of …

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 …

Vantage » Research Note - March 2017

March 03, 2017 | Market Commentary

Since the surprising results of the U.S. presidential election in November, the equity markets (especially those in the U.S.) have generally marched steadily upward. In fact, through mid-February, almost all major global equity indices have generated positive returns year-to-date. This also holds …

Markets & Economy » Unearthing Opportunities in Biotech

February 22, 2017 | Investment Themes

A number of defining characteristics of markets and economies signal a more challenging environment for investors. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations are generally on the expensive side of neutral, forward return expectations are relatively muted, and the number …

Markets & Economy » 2017 Could be the Year of the Active Manager

February 10, 2017 | Active Management

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With the value of active management called into question in recent years, we are compelled to consider our history to see what we might be able to glean about the realities of today’s environment. Active …

Markets & Economy » Monthly Outlook - February

February 08, 2017 | Market Commentary

Monthly Outlook video for February provides an update on the US and global economy; including the impacts of President Trump, the ongoing Brexit negotiations, fixed income, and more.   Read our February Perspective for a more thorough summary of the current market environment.

Library » Fourth Quarter 2016 International Perspective

January 24, 2017 | International Markets

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 …

Markets & Economy » These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and …


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