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Inflation Data Disappoints

By David O'Malley | October 16, 2017

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) increased by 0.5% for the month of September but was lower than expected. Despite a tight labor market, strong economic conditions and increasing commodity prices, inflation has remained lower than expected throughout 2017. Further, CPI has been lower than its expectations in six of the last seven months.

Oil Beta Percolates Under the Market’s Surface

By Greg Zappin | April 27, 2017

Oil prices were the big story in the credit markets from the fall of 2014 through the fall of 2016 as the 40% decline in benchmark WTI helped drive a… Read More

Capital Market Outlook for 2017

By Mark Heppenstall | January 20, 2017

Nearly eight years into one of the most unloved bull markets ever for U.S. equities and credit, the rally now appears ready for “extra innings.” Despite increasingly full valuations and an earnings recession for U.S. companies during a recent five-quarter stretch, proposed economic policies under the Trump administration will be supportive of domestic economic growth and corporate profits.

Is the Success of Monetary Policy Good for Investors?

By Zhiwei Ren | August 18, 2016

If the original goal of monetary easing was to stimulate growth and inflation, we can say it has failed. The question is: Do investors want the central banks to succeed eventually?

Greek Debt Fatigue

By Mark Heppenstall | June 10, 2016

Investors have grown increasing weary of the continuing saga surrounding the Greek debt crisis, and understandably so. When the crisis first emerged in 2010, investors questioned its potential impact on the health of the global economy and whether the eurozone alliances might crack under the weight of unsustainable sovereign debt loads. That hasn’t happened, so far.

Global Trade Outlook: A Tale of Two Vessels

By Jason Merrill | February 11, 2016

Weakening coal demand from China remains a drag on global trade. However, crude oil tankers have stayed quite busy and full.

The Challenge of Constructing a Defensive Portfolio in the Current Market

By Zhiwei Ren | January 28, 2016

As of last Friday, 1/22/16, the S&P 500 Index was down almost 7%, German Dax down 7%, Japan Nikkei down 10%, and the Shanghai stock exchange index down 17%. These are extreme moves in a very short time frame. What is market trying to tell us? And how should we navigate this market?

FOMC the Hawks Awaken

By David O'Malley | December 21, 2015

The hawks on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) awakened last week from their decade-long slumber.

Stocks Decline with Commodities on Weak Earnings and Fed Fears

By David O'Malley | November 16, 2015

After closing in on the highs for the year, stocks sold off last week as declining commodity prices and weak earnings weighed on sentiment.

Is It Time to Panic, or Is It Time to Buy?

By Mark Heppenstall | August 27, 2015

The markets have been roiled over the last few days, driven largely by news from China. The question on everybody’s mind: What does this mean for my investments?