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Market Dynamics Are Changing. Caution Ahead!

By Zhiwei Ren | May 28, 2015

Over the last five years we have seen one of the greatest bull markets in history. However, all good things come to an end; recent market dynamics are showing signs that regime is slowly changing.

Low Volatility, Low Volume Markets

By David O'Malley | May 25, 2015

One of the interesting characteristics of the recent market is its low volatility in the equity market, which contrasts with high price volatility in the fixed income market.

Growth in Consumer Cloud Storage Drives Investment Opportunities

By Justin Kaplan | May 21, 2015

“The cloud” has become a ubiquitous term. Whether talking about streaming the latest episode of the Kardashians or doing our taxes, it’s all happening online in “the cloud.”

U.S. Economic Data Still Mixed; Rate Increase Expected in September

By David O'Malley | May 18, 2015

Last week’s lackluster retail sales report and falling import prices have kept uncertainty regarding the strength of the expected recovery in the second quarter.

Bank Preferred Stock Issuance Grows, Offers Alternative to Corporate Bonds

By Greg Zappin | May 14, 2015

This week’s chart above indicates how aggressively bank and finance companies have been at issuing preferred stock over the last few years. From a trading and total-return perspective, preferred stocks act similar to high yield bonds and often come with high yield ratings.

Bond Yields Test Resistance, While Yellen Highlights Market Valuations

By David O'Malley | May 11, 2015

In last week’s post, my expectation was that global bond yields would continue to increase and the 10-year Treasury would test resistance at 2.24%. Bond yields did increase significantly early in the week, at one point reaching 2.27% before pulling back …

Limited Loan Issuance Bodes Well for CLO Performance

By Greg Zappin | May 7, 2015

2015 has started off with robust new fixed income issuance in virtually all asset classes. The one major outlier this year, however, has been syndicated leveraged loan new issuance, which is down 57% quarter over quarter. This bodes well for the performance of CLOs.

Bond Yields Rise after Weak First Quarter GDP

By David O'Malley | May 4, 2015

Mixed economic data and the Fed meeting led to an increase in bond yields last week, as the 10 year Treasury broke out of its near-term range.

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