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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 …

Library » Fourth Quarter 2017 International Perspective

January 25, 2018 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets ended 2017 on a strong note, up nearly 6% for the fourth quarter and 24% for the year. Performance was broadly positive, with both developed and emerging markets turning in strong double-digit returns for the 12-month period. Emerging market equities …

Library » Third Quarter 2017 International Perspective

October 25, 2017 | International Markets

Quarterly Market Review Global equity markets continued to climb higher during the third quarter, supported by wide-spread earnings growth and the persistence of a synchronized expansion across major world regions. Over both the quarter and year-to-date period, a weakening USD boosted …

Markets & Economy » The Fate of Cash and the Growth of the Digital Wallet

May 08, 2017 | Investment Themes

There’s been a lot of excitement around the digital wallet. Apple Pay, Samsung Pay, Google Wallet, Visa Checkout, Masterpass, Chase Pay, PayPal, Venmo, and SnapCash have all shared in the headlines, but while the move to mobile is real, how to invest in the transition away from cash might be …

Markets & Economy » Unearthing Opportunities in Biotech

February 22, 2017 | Investment Themes

A number of defining characteristics of markets and economies signal a more challenging environment for investors. Economic growth in the U.S. and abroad remains sluggish, valuations are generally on the expensive side of neutral, forward return expectations are relatively muted, and the number …

Markets & Economy » 2017 Could be the Year of the Active Manager

February 10, 2017 | Active Management

It has been said that those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With the value of active management called into question in recent years, we are compelled to consider our history to see what we might be able to glean about the realities of today’s environment. Active …

Library » 2017 Outlook: Investing in Remarkable Times

January 26, 2017 | Active Management

2016 has been punctuated by bouts of market volatility. Will the rollercoaster ride continue into the new year? We believe selectivity and flexibility, whether it is looking at a company or a country, will allow investors to find opportunity in this low-growth, volatile market environment. …

Markets & Economy » These Remarkable Times Continue

December 22, 2016 | Market Commentary

There’s been no shortage of press regarding U.S. equity markets hitting all time highs following the U.S. presidential election. In the weeks subsequent to the election, the S&P 500 Index rose nearly 3% as of November end, largely driven by sharp upward moves in Energy, Financial, and …

Library » Selectivity Drives Opportunity in 2016

December 14, 2015 | Active Management

A selective approach to making investment decisions is important in any environment, and it’s especially critical today. Weak GDP growth, as we have seen across the globe of late, tends to translate into weak revenue and earnings growth for companies. Investors must be selective in order …


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