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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 …

Markets & Economy » Taking Stock of the Tech Turbulence

April 10, 2018 | Market Commentary

Recent news in the tech sector has been weighing on markets. An Uber self-driving car in Arizona killing a pedestrian, Facebook fighting a vicious public relations battle over user privacy and data collection, and President Trump repeatedly attacking Jeff Bezos and Amazon are just a sample of a …

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 …

Library » Webinar: Reassessing the Cycle

March 22, 2018 | Market Commentary

  The Disciplined Value Team puts recent market volatility in perspective, provides an update on the economy and equity markets, and offers their insight on what investors may encounter going forward. They also discuss company specific characteristics to look for at this point in …

Markets & Economy » Inflation Worries Are Picking Up

March 19, 2018 | Market Commentary

The Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day policy meeting begins tomorrow, March 20, and investors are assigning a high probability that policymakers will hike interest rates by 25 basis points. With respect to the inflation outlook, the magnitude and frequency of changes to the Fed funds rate …

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 » March 2018 Perspective

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 …

Markets & Economy » Implications of Tax Reform on Fixed Income

March 01, 2018 | Market Commentary

  The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is having a notable impact across wide swaths of the economy, and the fixed income market is no different. The bill’s key achievement of lowering the corporate tax rate is certainly a favorable outcome for a number of businesses and their investors. Smaller tax …

Markets & Economy » What Happened and What’s Next for Fixed Income

February 13, 2018 | Market Commentary

Looking Back: An Era of “Goldilocks” The past year brought cheer across the financial markets. The world saw synchronized global growth and soft inflation readings, and with the exception of recent market gyrations, volatility persisted near historically low levels. Nothing was “too hot or too …


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