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Equity Market Valuation at Historic Highs – Time to Cash Out?

By Zhiwei Ren | February 26, 2015

It seems like everyone these days, myself included, is looking to buy quality goods at bargain prices, which has been made easier by innovations in mobile computing.

Monetary Policy Continues in the Spotlight

By David O'Malley | February 23, 2015

The highlight of the past week was the release of the January Federal Reserve minutes. In our opinion, the Fed minutes were “dovish” relative to market expectations.

Multi-Family Housing Valuations Entering the Middle Innings

By Mark Heppenstall | February 19, 2015

With sub-zero temperatures outside, I am driving past Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, where Phil cruelly sentenced the Northeast to an additional four weeks of winter.

Federal Reserve Minutes Shed Light on a Potential Interest Rate Increase

By David O'Malley | February 16, 2015

The stock market extended its gains from last week and now has positive returns for the year. Interest rates continued to gradually rise, extending the selloff that began in early February.

Covenant Lite Loans: Red Flag or Red Herring?

By Greg Zappin | February 12, 2015

This week’s chart shows the rapid growth in covenant-lite syndicated leverage loans as a percentage of new loan volume.

Market Volatility Requires Trading Discipline

By David O'Malley | February 9, 2015

I’m writing this week’s blog post from the air on my way to Penn Mutual’s Educational Conference. What did we do before Wi-Fi on planes? The January employment number has just been released.

Will 2015 Continue to be a Seller’s Market?

By Trevor M. Williams | February 5, 2015

Through the end of 2014, the ratio of private equity exits (for example, IPO or sale) to private equity investments reached a 10-year high. We’ve clearly been in what we’d consider to be a seller’s market.

The Fed, the Phillips Curve, and Inflation

By David O'Malley | February 2, 2015

Last week, the Federal Reserve (Fed) gave us our first glimpse at its thinking since the beginning of the year. The Fed kept its pledge that it could be patient in raising interest rates and stated that the economy and employment continue to improve.

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