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Fed Chairman visits Capitol Hill

By David O'Malley | July 16, 2018

As the S&P 500 Index eclipses 2,800, stocks continue to grind higher, earnings continue to meet expectations to-date and the U.S. economy continues to chug along. I expect to see… Read More

The Wall of Worry

By Scott Ellis | July 12, 2018

It is common today to hear news about the impending turn in the credit cycle, worries about a recession and fears of a major credit market correction. Against this wall… Read More

Signs of Global Stress will Test Federal Reserve on Economy

By Penn Mutual Asset Management | July 11, 2018

Penn Mutual Asset Management CIO Mark Heppenstall contributed an article to The Hill where he discusses the Federal Reserve’s (Fed) shift in strategy as geopolitical tensions continue to cause swings… Read More

Leaving No Stone Unturned in Fixed Income Opportunities

By Mark Heppenstall | July 10, 2018

Q&A with Chief Investment Officer Mark Heppenstall   After nearly three decades of steadily declining interest rates, the current rising rate environment has provided an attractive opportunity for fixed income… Read More

U.S. Inflation and Earnings take Center Stage

By David O'Malley | July 9, 2018

The markets will navigate a significant amount of noise this week from geopolitical events, including the announcement of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, NATO summit and continued trade tensions, which… Read More

Investment Grade Corporate Credit Spreads Flashing Yellow

By Mark Heppenstall | July 5, 2018

This week’s chart highlights credit spreads for investment-grade (IG) and high-yield (HY) corporate bonds since the end of the financial crisis. Wider credit spreads are a sign of tightening liquidity… Read More

Fed Minutes and Employment Start the Third Quarter

By David O'Malley | July 2, 2018

With the first half of the year in the rearview mirror and many questions still looming for the next six months, the markets will get some key information during this… Read More

Hedge Costs are Rising for IUL and FIA Issuers

By John Swarr | June 28, 2018

Indexed Universal Life (IUL) and Fixed Indexed Annuity (FIA) products have risen in popularity since the global financial crisis. Policyholders are attracted to these products because they enable them to… Read More

Will Trade Conflict Impact U.S. Economic Growth?

By David O'Malley | June 25, 2018

Last week saw global trade take center stage as concerns continued to build around the increasing trade conflict between the U.S. and China. I expect the start of this week will… Read More

Apartment Life vs. Homeownership

By Jason Merrill | June 21, 2018

When the band Ivy released its “Apartment Life” album in October 1997, I had just finished my freshman year in college and was starting a two-year adventure living in Eastern… Read More

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