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Leveraged Credit Maturity Wall

By Greg Zappin | December 31, 2014

A key fundamental dynamic that could help extend the current credit cycle in the high yield and leveraged loan market is the amount of refinancing that has occurred over the last five years.

Energy Stocks and Bonds: Time to Buy, or Time to Sell?

By David O'Malley | December 29, 2014

The Santa Claus rally in U.S. equities continued last week with new highs in many markets. Based on the strength of the move, we expect it to continue for the remainder of the year.

10-Year Inflation Expectation: Germany vs U.S.

By Zhiwei Ren | December 23, 2014

The green line is the year-over-year (YOY) inflation expectation for Germany over the next 10 years, and the white line is the inflation expectation for the U.S.

Fed’s “Patience” Ignites Santa Claus Rally

By David O'Malley | December 22, 2014

The Fed stole the show last week with its announcement on Wednesday that, due to low inflation, they could be “patient” in determining when and if a rate rise was needed.

Crude Futures vs 30-Year Bond Yield

By Mark Heppenstall | December 18, 2014

The consensus forecast for 2014 was that improving economic conditions and a shift in Fed policy would depress the price of bonds, but long-term bonds ended up being the best-performing asset class of 2014.

Watch the Fed and the 10-Year Treasury. Expect Volatility.

By David O'Malley | December 15, 2014

After the worst week for stocks since 2012, and oil falling below $60 a barrel, all eyes will be on this week’s Fed meeting.

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