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Apparel retail doldrums

Since 2011, consumer spending has been below average overall, and spending on retail apparel has been especially poor. A host of factors, from shifting consumer priorities to poor inventory control have forced apparel retailers to compete on price, and sales and profitability have suffered dramatically.

Tagged with: U.S. Economy

Counting on housing

Housing demand in the U.S. has not fully recovered from the last recession and there is much room for further gains. There are few if any excesses evident so far arguing for steady progress ahead.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Sweeping money market fund reforms adopted by SEC

In a split vote, the SEC adopted sweeping reforms to Rule 2a-7 which governs the operation of money market funds. Many funds that were previously considered retail due to their lower investment minimums will now be called institutional and fall under the new regulations.

Tagged with: Investing

The price of flexibility

Disruption from the West Coast port strikes is likely to continue for several months. The situation could pressure both sales and margin for retailers ahead of the Easter holiday.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Perspectives, Investing

Challenges facing government money market funds

Investors with no risk tolerance or who need stable $1 NAV will likely gravitate towards government money market funds. Such funds may provide peace of mind and liquidity, but will be challenged to offer a competitive yield.

Tagged with: Global Perspectives, Investing

U.S. housing — A positive signal amidst the noise

While there has been a broad slowing in the last 15 months, the U.S. housing market has stabilized and started to recover. Homebuilders are catering to upscale buyers where financing is less of a constraint, and also building larger and more expensive homes.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Missing links and multipliers

Several forces are colliding now and causing a downshift in the trajectory of the U.S. housing recovery. Household formations remain at multi-year lows due in large part to mediocre income and job gains in combination with high student loan debt by 25 – 45 year old homebuyers.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Three’s a party in India

Investors are concluding that the prospects for EM equities are as dim as ever. Yet evaluating EM as a monolithic whole is outdated and dangerous.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Global Perspectives

What’s the outlook for muni bonds?

Strong YTD performance resulted from falling rates, a dearth of new supply and a resurgent demand by investors seeking attractive taxable-equivalent yields. We believe municipal bonds should continue to perform well in the second half of 2014.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog
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