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U.S. Economy

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California is in its fourth year of drought, one of the worst in the past century. Key factors when assessing credit quality of water utilities are water supply sources and rate flexibility.

Tagged with: Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

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

The fundamental growth prospects for the growth industries that have led markets recently generally remain solid. If there is a kryptonite for secular growth leadership, it would appear to be a change in perceptions regarding global growth prospects.

Tagged with: Economy, Equities, Global Investing, Investing, Markets, U.S. Economy

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

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

In this video, Jeff Knight, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, explains why he favors pursuing returns through global equities and pursuing portfolio stability through shorter duration bonds and alternative investments.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic Policy, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Interest Rates, Investing, Monetary Policy, U.S. Economy

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

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The markets — evaluating asset class performance
Opportunities for now — where value lies today

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Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economic/Markets Outlook, Economy, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing, Markets, Municipal Bonds, U.S. Economy

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

Watch Jeff Knight, CFA, Global Head of Investment Solutions and Asset Allocation, explain his view of the markets and what’s next for investors. Taking a cross-asset perspective, Knight looks at some key trends leading up to the recent market volatility, including falling U.S. bond yields, economic slowdown in Europe and a strengthening U.S. dollar.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Economy, Markets, U.S. Economy
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