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Markets & Economy » REITs: Can the Best Performing Asset Class Maintain its Crown?

April 03, 2017 | Investment Themes

Since the U.S. recession ended in 2009, the real estate sector has outperformed the broader equity market. The MSCI US REIT Index has returned over 20% on an annualized basis versus the S&P 500’s 15% return. Further, Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) have been the best performing asset …

Markets & Economy » Federal Reserve Hikes Rates, Ushers in Accelerated Pace

March 16, 2017 | Fixed Income

In a widely expected move, on Wednesday afternoon, Federal Reserve policymakers chose to hike interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point to a range of 0.75 to 1.00 percent, noting increased inflationary pressures and economic activity that has continued to expand at a moderate pace. The …

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 » 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 …

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, …

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 …

Vantage » Research Note - September 2016

August 29, 2016 | Market Commentary

Once again equity markets have demonstrated their ability to bounce back from a flare up in volatility. The market shock from the unexpected victory for the “Leave” camp in the United Kingdom’s referendum on membership in the European Union has faded, and the VIX is once again near multi-year …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Library » Comparing Traditional Cash Management Strategies

August 17, 2016 | Fixed Income

Traditionally, organizations have earned income on deposits through Earnings Credit Rates, Money Market Deposit Accounts, and Certificates of Deposit. However, the amount of income earned from these cash management strategies has significantly declined over the years and is not poised to return …


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