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March 02, 2018 | Market Commentary

Equity Volatility Returns The Dow Jones Industrial Average suffered two declines of over 1000 points in early February as inflation fears led to a spike in market volatility. This marked the first correction (a decline of at least 10% from a recent high) for US equities in over two years. While …

Library » February 2018 Perspective

February 08, 2018 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy US stocks began 2018 right where they left off, marching steadily higher. The synchronized global expansion persisted into the New Year, aiding US economic growth and supporting equity prices. Rising corporate earnings, tax reform, and elevated investor sentiment have each also …

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January 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

Financials and Industrials Show Strong Returns Post-Election In the aftermath of the U.S. presidential election, financial markets responded positively to expectations for policies from the administration of President-elect Donald Trump that could lead to more growth, higher inflation, and …

Library » Third Quarter 2016 International Perspective

October 17, 2016 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Movements in global equity markets were relatively subdued during most of the period, but as the September meetings of the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) and Bank of Japan (BoJ) drew near, moderate levels of volatility returned to financial markets. This was largely due to …

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October 12, 2016 | Market Commentary

Consumer Spending Remains a Strong Contributor to Growth The second estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised down slightly from a 1.2% seasonally-adjusted annual rate to 1.1%. Lower readings for government spending and housing construction were the primary …

Library » September 2016 Perspective

September 09, 2016 | Market Commentary

The second estimate of second-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth was revised down slightly from a 1.2% seasonally-adjusted annual rate to 1.1%. Lower readings for government spending and housing construction were the primary drivers of the adjusted figure.

Library » August 2016 Perspective

August 04, 2016 | Market Commentary

The first estimate of second quarter gross domestic product (GDP) growth came in at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 1.2%, which was below consensus expectations. First quarter GDP growth was revised down as well, from 1.1% to 0.8%. Despite the lackluster overall figure, consumer spending …

Library » Second Quarter 2016 International Perspective

July 13, 2016 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Compared to the market gyrations at the outset of 2016, global financial markets were relatively sanguine for most of the second quarter. April and May saw a continuation of risk-on sentiment, and global equity markets followed a measure of economic surprises in some of …

Library » July 2016 Perspective

July 06, 2016 | Market Commentary

The nonfarm payroll report released at the beginning of June showed that the economy created only a paltry 38,000 jobs in May, well below the 178,000 average for the first four months of the year. The unemployment rate fell to 4.7% from 5.0%, but only due to a significant drop in the size of the …

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June 29, 2016 | Market Commentary

Conflicting Economic Data Points to Slow Growth There continues to be mixed economic data coming out of the U.S. For example, while manufacturing survey data remain soft and the jobs report released at the beginning of May came in below consensus forecasts, retail sales have been relatively …


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