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Sideways Market Action

By David O'Malley | September 28, 2015

Last week was pretty quiet relative to the past few months. Equities, bonds and commodities experienced relatively small price moves for the week, and overall volatility fell.

Has Quantitative Easing Led to Increased Risk for the Current Market?

By Zhiwei Ren | September 24, 2015

We have all seen the benefit of Quantitative Easing (QE) when it was coming in: It reduces market volatility and makes holding financial assets much more rewarding. What will happen to the market when QE starts to come out?

The Fed Decides to Wait. What Now?

By David O'Malley | September 21, 2015

The Fed’s decision to not increase rates should have been positive for both stocks and bonds; however, the risk markets are trying to determine the implications of global uncertainty on equity valuations.

Fed Succumbs to Recent Market Turbulence and Keeps Rates at Zero

By Mark Heppenstall | September 17, 2015

The Fed delivered another “goose egg” to investors as recent market turmoil and global economic weakness trumped improving economic conditions in the United States. What now?

Finding Value in the Private Equity Middle Market

By Justin Kaplan | September 17, 2015

This week’s chart focuses on finding value in the private equity middle market by looking at the purchase price multiples of companies whose enterprise values are between $100-$500 million (Middle Market) versus those valued at less than $100 million (Lower Middle Market).

The Top 6 Concerns for the Remainder of 2015

By David O'Malley | September 16, 2015

I recently invited a portfolio manager from one of our sub-advisers, David Giroux of T. Rowe Price Associates, to share his perspective on the markets and the economy. As you will see, David and I have similar concerns on many of the issues facing investors today, but we each have our own perspective.

Waiting for the Fed

By David O'Malley | September 14, 2015

All eyes turn to this week’s Fed interest rate decision on Thursday. I continue to expect the Fed to increase interest rates by 0.25% on Thursday.

Rating Shopping Presents Opportunities in CMBS

By Jen Ripper | September 10, 2015

Moody’s has been excluded from all subordinate conduit bonds since the second quarter of 2015, leaving Fitch as the only major rating agency of fixed rate conduit transactions.

Expect More Market Volatility Ahead

By David O'Malley | September 7, 2015

Now that summer is over, we enter the historically volatile period of September and October. This year is unique.

Idiosyncratic Risk in Leveraged Loans vs. High-Yield Corporate Bonds

By Jason Merrill | September 3, 2015

The market has recognized a notable difference in idiosyncratic risk between leveraged loans and high-yield corporate bonds.

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