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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%.

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 …

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 …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » Fed Raises Rates: Implications for Fixed Income Investors

December 23, 2016 | Fixed Income

The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) unanimously decided to increase the federal funds target rate by 25 basis points last week, moving the target range from 0.25–0.50% to 0.50–0.75%. This is the second rate hike in over a decade; the federal funds target rate was last raised in December 2015, …

Vantage » Research Note - December 2016

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

The conventional wisdom leading into last month’s U.S. presidential election held that in the unlikely event that Donald Trump was victorious, a significant market sell-off would likely ensue. Early financial market indicators on election night certainly fit this scenario as Dow Jones Industrial …

Library » December 2016 Perspective

December 08, 2016 | Market Commentary

Our December Perspective provides our view on the latest US and global economic news. This month’s edition includes updates on China, England, fixed income, and our US outlook in the wake of the election.

Markets & Economy » Is Japan Passing the Baton from Monetary to Fiscal Policy?

December 01, 2016 | Market Commentary

The Japanese economy continues to trudge along at an unremarkable pace, weighed down by what could be summarized as the four D’s: deficits, debt, deflation, and demographics. For more than 20 years, the country’s policy makers have thrown everything but the kitchen sink at the economy in …

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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