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Making sense of negative interest rates

Buying bonds at negative rates is a guarantee of losing money in nominal terms.
Central banks must keep real rates low to help their economies reach a self-sustaining growth path. Investors should focus on asset classes that benefit from this growth rather than providing the free money to support it.

Tagged with: Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing

We remain dollar bulls given the likelihood of superior U.S. economic performance

We believe the weakness in the U.S. dollar is likely to remain temporary and that we can use the current correction to rebuild our dollar risk position. We expect the U.S. economy to outperform because it has fewer structural rigidities and should enjoy greater long-term productivity gains than comparable economies.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Monetary Policy, U.S. Economy

In search of bond market liquidity

Liquidity in bond markets does not portend a crisis but does raise the risk of one as policymakers flirt with tighter monetary policy. The only sensible approach is to recognize the lack of liquidity, manage it and ensure there is proper compensation for illiquidity.

Tagged with: Fixed Income

Interest rates — Farewell, liquidity trap

The U.S. Treasury market as a whole has returned +1% annualized since the end of 2012 (and +0.5% annualized since the low in 10-year yields in July 2012). Because of imminent Fed rate hikes and depressed yield levels, prospective returns look no better today.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, 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.

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Three reasons the stock market is so volatile

The most important aspect of China’s slowdown is whether it leads to lower but better quality growth, or whether something more serious occurs. Lower energy and commodity prices should provide a boost for consumers, but evidence suggests that the gains are being banked rather than spent.

Tagged with: Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Emerging Markets, Global Economy, Global Investing, Interest Rates, Markets, Monetary Policy

Q&A with Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation

Q: To what extent does monetary policy factor into your investment strategy outlook? A: Every time we get a data point that accelerates the market’s opinion of when the Federal Reserve will tighten, we get a predictable set of consequences that are quite unfriendly to portfolios.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Perspectives, Investing, Markets

Europe’s virtuous cycle

The European equity market offers attractive valuations and these have cheapened meaningfully following August’s volatility. We believe European domestic stocks can continue to deliver positive earnings revisions even in a world where China is slowing.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Investing

Finding bond opportunities throughout the business cycle

Global bond markets respond in different ways throughout the business cycle. A flexible strategy can adapt its risk complexion to capture opportunities and mitigate downside.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Should you own longer duration bonds in a rising rate environment?

In the next Fed tightening cycle, another “bear flattener” may occur, during which short rates increase and long rates either decline or rise less than short rates. Such a bear flattener is likely to result in long muni bonds outperforming shorter bonds.

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