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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 » Managing Volatility to Help Meet Investment Goals

April 13, 2018 | Investment Themes

Global stocks have experienced extraordinary returns over the past 18 months. Business and investor optimism has been high, corporate profits have been growing, and financial conditions have supported markets. Major economies across the globe have exhibited positive growth momentum while …

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 …

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 …

Markets & Economy » Volatility Awakens

February 06, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) gave up more than 1,100 points yesterday in its largest one-day point decline on record. The S&P 500 dropped 4.1% for the day, and the CBOE Volatility (VIX) Index more than doubled. The downward move in equities began early last week, and the selloff …

Markets & Economy » Implications of the Federal Government Shutdown

January 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

Early Saturday morning, after Senate lawmakers failed to pass a short-term funding bill, the U.S. federal government began a shutdown of all non-essential services in the first federal government shutdown since October 2013. To reopen the government, the Senate needs a 60 vote supermajority, …

Markets & Economy » Economic Recovery from a Natural Disaster

September 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hitting the sun belt of the United States, natural disasters are taking a devastating toll on life and property. Our hearts go out to all those affected. In this post, we explore the economic effects of natural disasters. Natural disasters of this scale are …

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 …

Vantage » Research Note - December 2016

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

The conventional wisdom leading into last month’s U.S. presidential election held that in the unlikely event that Donald Trump was victorious, a significant market sell-off would likely ensue. Early financial market indicators on election night certainly fit this scenario as Dow Jones Industrial …


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