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Markets & Economy » Theresa May Loses Parliamentary Majority

June 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

In April, British Prime Minister Theresa May called for a snap election to be held June 8 in an effort to consolidate power and strengthen her Brexit negotiating position against the European Union. The results of the General Election are in, and the UK Conservative Party—led by PM May—has lost …

Markets & Economy » Rising Investor Sentiment May Mean Little for the Economy

May 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

The post-election confidence boom that drove fresh market highs appears to be waning. Confidence-driven trades swing both ways, and should optimism fully revert, we could see increased short-term volatility. At these market levels, we believe it is critical that investors avoid chasing returns …

Markets & Economy » The First 100 Days, an Investor’s Perspective

May 01, 2017 | Market Commentary

Markets rode a roller coaster during President Trump’s first 100 days in office. Upon inauguration, confidence hovered near its post-recession peak and continued to grow upbeat. This helped support markets, which hit all-time highs shortly following the president’s well-received Congressional …

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 …

Markets & Economy » Stocks Surge and Uncertainty Looms Following President Trump’s Address

March 02, 2017 | Market Commentary

In his first major speech since inauguration, President Donald Trump addressed his laundry list of outstanding campaign promises with a more conciliatory tone. Many political commentators approved of his more measured approach, but specifics remain absent for his key pro-growth policies (e.g., …

Library » Fourth Quarter 2016 International Perspective

January 24, 2017 | Market Commentary

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 …


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