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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

Detroit and Stockton are game changers for municipalities in fiscal distress

Contrary to past experience and conventional wisdom, general obligation bonds are not sacrosanct and very low recovery rates are possible. Pensioners and other politically favored classes are likely to be treated more kindly than bondholders.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog

State and local government pension update

Concerns about pension plan solvency are widespread and attention-grabbing, yet unjustified in some cases. Pension funded ratios have declined at the state and local levels, though the cost of funding required contributions remains manageable.

Tagged with: Muni Perspectives, Muni Perspectives Blog, Municipal Bonds

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy

A year after Flash Boys, is equity market structure healing?

Last year’s headlines about high-frequency trading cast a shadow over the U.S. equity market and forced the investment community to respond. We believe the U.S. equity market is well on its way to defragmenting, and that “managing the conflict” is now a common theme at the regulator, exchange, broker and asset manager level.

Tagged with: Markets

Geopolitical risk – The fear and reality for financial markets

Most geopolitical events do not lead to significant or persistent global market reactions. Conflicts confined to areas remote from significant world economic activity and which do not threaten oil supplies tend not to impact markets.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

Are equity markets complacent and what can past Fed rate rise cycles tell us about the future?

We are still positive on equities versus other assets, particularly core bonds, although the list of potential headaches for equities is not insignificant and appears to be growing. Japan’s recent progress on the corporate front is a cause for optimism.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

Rising rates and REIT returns

While REITs typically demonstrate some interest rate sensitivity and sometimes have a “knee-jerk” reaction down when rates first move up, performance has often rebounded. An improving economy has the potential to dampen the effects of duration risk and interest rate sensitivity, given the increased earnings and dividend growth REITs can produce.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

The case for active bond management

There have been instances where the passive approach to bond investing produced significant underperformance relative to a benchmark. Index funds are at a significant disadvantage to active portfolios in which managers incorporate valuation into their decision making process.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Data breaches — What they mean for retailers, consumers and investors

More than 1,000 retailers have been affected by the same malware that caused Target and Home Depot data breaches. The number of data breaches will continue to increase and cost retailers millions in IT spending and damage control.

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