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Library » Using Derivatives in the Fixed Income Markets

October 16, 2015 | Fixed Income

Introduction While derivatives may have a negative connotation to some investors, it is common for fixed income managers to simply utilize them as risk management tools to adjust exposure to interest rate, credit, and currency risk rather than a means to take on excessive risk/leverage. As such, …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » No Change in Rates: Comments on the Fed Decision

September 17, 2015 | Market Commentary

Following their two day meeting in mid-September, members of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s policy setting Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) decided not to adjust the federal funds policy interest rate. The rate will remain within the current 0% to 0.25% range, where it has been since December 20 …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » The Great Rate Hike

September 11, 2015 | Fixed Income

Recent headlines suggest that bond investors are bracing for heightened volatility in fixed income markets, with pundits citing an eventual Fed rate hike as the catalyst that could give rise to further market gyrations. As the Fed moves toward policy normalization, investors are concerned that …

Marc Bushallow

Managing Director, Fixed Income

Markets & Economy » “Safe” Can Be Risky

September 01, 2015 | Fixed Income

The last several years have been defined by historically low interest rates, and using a bond index fund to gain market exposure to the broad fixed income market has become a more prevalent investor strategy. While rates have seen historic lows, they are expected to rise over time. Given the …

Ebrahim Busheri

Director of Investments

Markets & Economy » Our Perspective on Recent Volatility

August 25, 2015 | Market Commentary

Last Thursday and Friday, domestic equity markets saw the sharpest two-day decline since 2011, with the S&P 500 Index, Dow Jones Industrials Index and Nasdaq Composite falling 5-6% over two days. It was a similar start to this week, with broad U.S. stock indexes down approximately another 3% …

Markets & Economy » Where are Interest Rates Headed?

July 29, 2015 | Fixed Income

Today, most market watchers agree that rates are poised to move higher. That being said, the interest rate conversation is also quickly shifting toward what happens after the first policy rate hike. Will the Federal Reserve continue on a path of predictable hikes, or will policy …

Library » July 2015 Interest Rate Outlook

July 29, 2015 | Fixed Income

Where are interest rates headed? Anyone following financial markets over the past few years undoubtedly has this question burning in their mind. At this juncture, while debate continues to surround the timing, most market watchers seem to agree that rates are poised to go up. Admittedly, an …

Endowments & Foundations » Managing Spending Needs in Today’s Low Interest Rate Environment

July 20, 2015 | Wealth Management

Introduction For many investors, the need for current income to support spending needs is a primary investment objective. For example, investors that may place a priority on maintaining stability of current income needs include: High net worth investors in or near retirement Endowment/ …

Markets & Economy » REITs Bounce Back on the Cusp of Interest Rate Changes

February 18, 2015 | Market Commentary

Real estate investments bounced back last year from a lackluster 2013 to have their best performance in nearly a decade. Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs)—companies that own and normally manage income-producing real estate or real estate-related assets—gained 30.4% in 2014 compared to the S&P …

Endowments & Foundations » Charitable Giving in a Low Interest Rate Environment

March 12, 2014 | Wealth Management

Introduction There are numerous types of charitable giving vehicles available to those who have a desire to make substantial gifts to charity. If used effectively, charitable giving can be an important component of a strategic financial plan that benefits both the donor and the charity. To do so, …


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