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Feds Likely to Reduce Balance Sheet, Mindful of Markets

Fed Likely to Reduce Balance Sheet, Mindful of Markets

Investors are bracing for the next leg of the Federal Reserve’s (the Fed’s) “normalization” strategy—the unwinding of quantitative easing (QE). Just as the bond-buying program itself was unprecedented, its unwinding also will be groundbreaking,...
An Eye on Opportunity in an Era of Uncertainty

An Eye on Opportunity Amid Evolving Themes

Podcast Heading into the second half of 2017, we see important themes driving the markets. Valuations are a concern as key equity indexes trade at or near all-time highs, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is charting...
Fed Raises Rates, Set Sights on Balance Sheet

Fed Raises Rates, Sets Sights on Balance Sheet

As expected, the Federal Reserve (the Fed) resumed its interest rate-normalization strategy, lifting the federal funds rate target 25 basis points at its latest monetary policy meeting. This move marks the central bank’s fourth...
Positioning Your Investments for Rising Rates

Positioning Your Investments for Rising Rates

What to Know The Federal Reserve (Fed) has raised short-term interest rates three times since this rate hike cycle began in December 2015. With the long-awaited normalization of rates upon us, bond investors are grappling...
Are U.S. Stock Values Sustainable?

Are U.S. Stock Values Sustainable?

Stocks in certain sectors have rallied hard on the presumption that they’ll be beneficiaries of lower taxes and less regulation under the new administration. As a result, valuations in many segments of the U.S....
Finding Direction in an Uncertain Political Environment

Finding Direction in an Uncertain Policy Climate

Discussing investment themes is impossible without getting into U.S. politics: President Donald Trump’s election victory, the Republican majority in Congress, and what these developments could mean for the economy and markets. Many investors have...
Fed Holds Rates Steady, Sets Stage for Future Moves

Fed Holds Rates Steady, Sets Stage for Future Moves

As expected, the Federal Reserve (Fed) left its interest rate target unchanged at its latest monetary policy meeting. This is consistent with the gradual pace and shallow path of interest rate normalization we’re expecting...
Finding Income Opportunities in Bonds

Finding Income Opportunities in Bonds

In late 2016, the Federal Reserve raised rates. That’s interesting for a couple reasons. One, which received most of the headlines, is that this action represented the beginning of the Fed’s path in normalizing...
Fed's First Rate Hike of 2017 May Not Be the Last

Fed’s First Rate Hike of 2017 May Not Be the Last

As the U.S. bond market has generally expected and priced in for the past two weeks, the Federal Reserve (Fed) has incrementally raised short-term interest rates. It’s the first hike this year and the...
Marching Toward a Fed Rate Hike

Marching Toward a Fed Rate Hike

It’s understandable if investors are feeling overwhelmed by recent political, economic, and financial market events. President Trump’s election set off a frenzy of political and policy activity in the U.S., causing rapid adjustments (and...