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State-sponsored retirement plan program proposals

As of April 2015, only three states have succeeded in enacting laws creating retirement savings programs for private-sector workers: California, Illinois and Massachusetts. California is in the process of implementing the California Secure Choice Retirement Savings Trust, which is a mandatory, IRA-based payroll-deposit retirement savings arrangement for employees of certain private-sector employers.

Tagged with: New Tax Regime, Uncategorized

Five lessons from 25 years in the tech sector

Paul Wick has been investing in the technology sector longer than any other current portfolio manager of a U.S. technology fund. Back in 1990, when he started in the sector, Motorola had just introduced its flip phone, Apple had recently rolled out its beige box Mac Classic personal computer, and there were a lot of major subsectors that barely exist today – companies making UNIX computers and tape drives.

Tagged with: Equities, Industry/Sector Commentary, Investing

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

Oil and the high yield market

By Jennifer Ponce de Leon, Senior Portfolio Manager and Head of High Yield and Mark Van Holland, CFA, Senior Portfolio Manager 

Size of the Energy Sector

Because the energy sector is a large component of the U.S. high yield market relative to some other asset classes, the market has received increased scrutiny due to recent declines in oil prices. Prior to the recent sell off, energy accounted for more than 15% of the high yield market, making it by far the largest industry (healthcare is the second largest at approximately 8.5%).

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing

Fixed-income investing in the oil and gas sector

The sizeable oil and gas sector within investment grade and high yield corporate bonds has been punished by the market as oil prices have collapsed. Companies with a low-cost structure, flexible balance sheet, active risk management strategies, ample liquidity and asset coverage will ultimately prosper as the oil market heals itself.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

Momentum investing — Understanding the risks

Momentum as a factor in investing decisions can be a valuable tool, but must be monitored carefully. Drawdowns can be severe if exposures are not structured mindfully.

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Is biotech in a bubble or a golden age?

We recognize concerns over biotech valuation, are mindful of commentary from Yellen and agree that there are pockets of froth — but that is only a portion of the picture. Despite some signs of potential excess, overall research productivity is remarkable and we believe the group can appreciate further.

Tagged with: Industry/Sector Commentary

Corporate earnings outlook: Why are expectations so low?

Corporate earnings results for the second calendar quarter are likely to be a bit soft. Despite relatively high valuations, investors seem willing to accept that better results are shimmering out in the future.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

Greece: Referendum reaction

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won a resounding mandate to reject the package of austerity measures on the table in Greece’s referendum yesterday. This is but the latest twist in a road that increasingly seems to be leading towards Greece’s departure from the eurozone.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Monetary Policy

Harnessing Fixed-Income Returns Through The Cycle

There are four unique, major fixed-income risks – duration, credit, inflation and currency – and different fixed-income investments respond to them differently. Applying a full understanding of the four risks to a fixed-income portfolio may yield a better risk-return outcome.

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