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  1. April 10, 2017

    Simmering behind the political intrigue of our fiscal stimulus narrative, and the reassertion of the U.S. military presence in the world as a force for good, lays a hidden paradox: conflicting signals for market growth. According to Moody’s Analytics, the latest… More >>

  2. April 3, 2017

      It’s official.  We have concluded the first trading day of the second quarter in 2017.  We would like to take this opportunity to present you with our Q2 2017 Look Ahead. For a PDF, click here. For our audio and video presentation, click here. Below, we’ve highlighted… More >>

  3. March 27, 2017

      What makes 2017 such a challenging year for investing is the transition from a central-bank fueled economy to one that is propagated by a wide range of fiscal policy initiatives: •    Repealing and replacing Obamacare •    Individual and corporate tax reform •   … More >>

  4. March 20, 2017

    As we anticipated, last week the Fed announced another increase of 25 basis points to the Fed Funds Rate. [i] This comes as no surprise to many investors. Yet what may come as a surprise is that the banks sold off 1.26% following this announcement. [ii] The Fed… More >>

  5. March 13, 2017

    Based on Friday’s very strong jobs report, the economy looks poised to launch into a higher level of growth.  The Labor Department reported that the U.S. economy added 235,000 jobs during the month of February, which is consistent with the strong jobs report from… More >>

  6. March 6, 2017

    When it comes to portfolio construction, allocations toward Emerging Markets (EMs) make up a meaningful part of most portfolios; this helps to diversify and drive total portfolio returns. It’s important for investors to gain a better understanding of the rationale and… More >>

  7. February 27, 2017

    Ninety-three consecutive days have passed without the S&P 500 experiencing more than a 1% decline during a trading session.i  In fact, general market volatility, as measured by the VIX, is at historically low levels unseen since 2006, and prior to that, 1995.ii  … More >>

  8. February 21, 2017

    Normally, I wouldn’t choose to write about politics, considering our clients span a wide range of viewpoints. However, that’s also what makes our business so engaging and rewarding. But, as we shift the narrative from a monetarily controlled world (interest rates and… More >>

  9. February 13, 2017

      Frequently, I have written about the end of one narrative and the start of another being a driving catalyst for the markets:  Monetary Policy giving way to Fiscal Policy.  Let’s compare that changing narrative against what appears to be a resurgence in the popular… More >>

  10. February 6, 2017

    Last Friday's strong jobs report, as well as several solid earnings announcements, led to the best trading day of 2017.  Given the action in the markets since the election this past November, one must question, “How overvalued can this market get before we see a… More >>

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