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August 03, 2018 | Market Commentary

Tech Takes a Beating A number of high-flying tech stocks that drove the market in recent years suffered a series setbacks at the end of the last month. Beginning with a sharp move lower in Netflix shares, the tech sector’s weakness accelerated on July 26 when Facebook suffered the largest one …

Library » Second Quarter 2018 International Perspective

August 02, 2018 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Global equities experienced mixed results for the second quarter as domestic equity markets generated strong returns and most international equity markets declined. Strong global corporate profits with solid regional and sectoral breadth aided performance. For foreign …

Library » July 2018 Perspective

July 02, 2018 | Market Commentary

Trade Tensions Heat Up It appears increasingly likely that Chinese President Xi Jinping will attempt to match President Trump blow for blow after the Trump Administration announced plans to go ahead with initial tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods. China responded by declaring …

Markets & Economy » China Hit with $50 Billion in Tariffs

June 15, 2018 | Market Commentary

In March, President Trump announced worldwide steel and aluminum tariffs, while simultaneously granting temporary exemptions to Canada, Mexico, and the EU as negotiations were being pursued to address the administration’s concerns about the steel and aluminum industries. The deadline for those …

Library » May 2018 Perspective

May 02, 2018 | Market Commentary

Treasury Yields Hit Four-Year High The 10-Year US Treasury yield rose above 3% in April for the first time since the so-called ‘Taper Tantrum’ of 2013. The measure is a key benchmark influencing borrowing costs throughout the economy and has brought rising rate concerns to the forefront of …

Library » First Quarter 2018 International Perspective

April 24, 2018 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Following last year’s relative tranquility, global equity market volatility picked up during the first quarter of 2018. Market gyrations first materialized in early February, driven by an increase in reported wages for US workers that came in well above consensus …

Library » April 2018 Perspective

April 04, 2018 | Market Commentary

Market Volatility Remains Elevated US equities suffered their worst week in more than two years last month on concerns that increasingly restrictive trade policies may disrupt global growth. Although US stocks recouped some of those losses the following Monday, the market gyrations on the heels …

Markets & Economy » Escalating Risks of Protectionism and Tariffs

March 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

In a recent post, we discussed some of the sector implications that could result from recently enacted steel and aluminum tariffs. Here, we explore the potential second-order effects that a protectionist trade policy can have—both on the US, and on the broader global economy. For the first …

Markets & Economy » President Trump Approves Steel and Aluminum Tariffs

March 09, 2018 | Market Commentary

Last week, President Trump announced new tariffs on steel and aluminum imports that have the potential to roil markets and impact trade relations with key allies and trading partners. The controversial tariffs, 25% on steel and 10% on aluminum, were formally approved on March 8 with few notable …

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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