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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

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

Inflation — The usual suspects

Four factors figure empirically into how and why inflation moves: (1) commodity prices, (2) spare capacity, (3) changes in exchange rates, and (4) monetary policy. These same factors argue for a gradual recovery in U.S. inflation in the year ahead, which could be a headwind for high-quality fixed-income returns.

Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income

Slack and inflation

Today’s low unemployment rate indicates modest slack in labor market, which implies earlier Fed rate hikes and/or more inflation risk. The decline in labor force participation in recent years now looks mostly structural.

| Tagged with: Economy, Fixed Income, Investing

Does it still pay to hold municipal bonds?

Price is important but income should be a factor when considering an investment. Don’t get caught on the sideline, the opportunity cost could be detrimental.

| Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Markets, Muni Perspectives Blog, New Tax Regime

Millennials, are you ready to take the next steps?

As a group, Millennials are intensely conservative when it comes to investments. Avoiding equities and saving cash in lower yielding, lower risk accounts is jeopardizing Millennials’ long-term financial security.

Tagged with: Investing

Is there opportunity in small-cap banks?

As profitability rebounded from the financial crisis and return on assets improved in 2012 and 2013, the banking industry once again began to outperform. We continue to see growth in commercial and industrial loans as a positive indication for the economy.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

Q&A with Jeff Knight

Q: What indications did you observe that pointed to the recent market volatility storm? A: In our adaptive risk allocation framework, one of the key first level characterizations we make on markets is whether interest rates are normal or too low.

Tagged with: Asset Allocation, Equities, Fixed Income, Global Economy, Investing

The U.S. labor market — Show me the money

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
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