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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 » June 2018 Perspective

June 05, 2018 | Market Commentary

Italian Politics Roil Markets In late May, initial attempts in Italy to form a coalition government between the populist Five Star Movement and the far-right League failed, sparking a political crisis and market turmoil. Italian bond yields surged and the debt of other periphery EU countries …

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 …


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