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Markets & Economy » Would You Buy This Smart Beta Strategy?

December 05, 2017 | Market Commentary

Smart beta investing strategies are on a roll. As one of the fastest growing exchange-traded fund (ETF) categories, there are now nearly 700 available in the market. With the number of smart beta ETFs increasing every year, their surging popularity is grabbing investor attention as the approach …

Markets & Economy » Don’t Rule Out That Raise

November 09, 2017 | Market Commentary

As Federal Reserve policymakers move further along on plans for monetary policy normalization, they will look to key inflation indicators in deciding the appropriate pace of tightening. One of those key indicators, wage growth, has been disappointingly modest over the course of the current …

Library » November 2017 Perspective

November 06, 2017 | Market Commentary

The U.S. Economy In recent months, we have discussed the emergence of a synchronized global expansion unfolding across most economic regions. Though the expansion is not expected to be a sharp move, it has the potential to impact the U.S. economy and has thus far contributed to a modest …

Vantage » Research Note: A Closer Look at Wage Growth

October 31, 2017 | Market Commentary

October marks the eight-year anniversary of the first and only month since the early 1980s that headline unemployment reached 10% in the United States. A lot has changed in the intervening eight years. The unemployment rate for September 2017 sits at just 4.2%, and labor market slack has …

Markets & Economy » FAQs: Current Environment and Recent Events – What Does it Mean to Investors?

October 26, 2017 | Market Commentary

With the U.S. stock market reaching new highs, uncertainty surrounding policy implementation, and a series of natural disasters, we’ve recently received a number of questions on potential impacts to the economy and investors. In the below Q&A we answer your most frequently asked questions on …

Markets & Economy » Retail Closures on Record Pace

October 12, 2017 | Market Commentary

The state of U.S. retailing continues to dominate headlines in 2017 as retailers grapple with the ramifications of a rapidly changing industry. It has become commonplace to hear of retailer plans to shutter or aggressively scale-back on brick-and-mortar locations.


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