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Labor friction — The latest chapter in the globalization and automation story

Labor friction occurs when the location and skillset of workers doesn’t match up with the location and skills required for the open positions. Technology, engineering and planning are being used to reduce on-site labor in one region and replace it with either a manufactured solution or labor from a lower cost region.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary, U.S. Economy

What if low interest rates are not a function of low economic growth?

Low interest rates have provided a significant tailwind for bonds and equities over the last 30 years. Globalization of labor markets, rather than slow growth, could be the main driver for today’s low interest rates.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates

The U.S. labor market — Show me the money

It is unclear if recent improvements in U.S. labor market data are due to less slack or government-related measures to support worker income and benefits. Occupations with some scarcity of qualified labor have seen some wage pressures, but the gains are likely due to one-time minimum wage hikes.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Waiting on wages

The latest wage data is mixed, with some measures pointing higher while others appear quite sluggish. Wages in the goods producing industries have been hit particularly hard due to the energy and export/dollar impact, although service industries appear insulated. 
It seems likely that the Fed will await more convincing evidence that global factors have run their course and allow the normal relationship between falling unemployment rates and tighter labor markets to strengthen.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, U.S. Economy

U.S. Rates — The Draghi Floor

ECB action this week maybe not enough to restore confidence by itself, but it signals a readiness to defend the inflation target, thus lowering odds of Japanification. U.S. growth accelerating into September 16-17 FOMC meeting.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income

Barbarians at the gate – Positive signs for third arrow* progress in Japan

Improved corporate governance, especially as it relates to capital allocation, is a key component to third arrow efforts for Abenomics. To create urgency among corporate managements towards reform, we believe the Japanese government should move to gradually but consistently improve shareholder rights.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives

Trending – Socially responsible fixed-income investing

Until recently, ethical investing has focused on avoiding exposure to perceived negative activities. Municipal bonds can offer a cost-effective way to fund programs and infrastructure to serve the public good.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

Data dependence, broadly defined – Implications of last week’s Fed meeting

Last week’s FOMC meeting was the third largest dovish surprise in the QE era, only bested by the original QE1 announcement and the September 2013 “no taper” decision. We continue to expect the FOMC to hike rates in September, and the pace of rate hikes thereafter should be faster than markets are currently pricing.

Tagged with: Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing

A creature is stirring

Last week’s news suggests that the center of the FOMC continues to see interest rate hikes in the middle of next year as most appropriate. December 17 looks like a natural time to begin signaling the possibility of rate hikes to financial markets—an eventuality for which bond investors do not look prepared.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income

Causes and consequences of Puerto Rico’s sudden decline

The loss of normal market access over the last two years is finally starting to impair Puerto Rico’s ability to finance structural budgetary gaps. It’s difficult to determine ultimate recovery given dated financials, the heavy influence of politics and uncertainty about how various legal pledges will be treated under the fiscal adjustment plan or in court proceedings.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy
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