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Stay Focused on the Fundamentals

By David O'Malley | April 16, 2018

The last few weeks, a significant amount of headline news distracted market participants’ attention from the fundamentals. Whether it is the tumult in Washington, the geopolitical tensions in the Middle… Read More

News Headlines Create Market Volatility

By David O'Malley | April 9, 2018

Markets were volatile last week as trade tensions and geopolitical risks kept the markets’ attention. Last week’s employment data was a bit weaker than I expected, with smaller job gains… Read More

Tightening Credit Spreads in a Rising Rate Environment

By Jen Ripper | March 22, 2018

Over the past year, credit spreads across the fixed income market have grinded tighter. The commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market has experienced spread tightening up and down the capital stack…. Read More

A New Era with New Challenges for Jerome Powell at Federal Reserve

By Penn Mutual Asset Management | March 20, 2018

Penn Mutual Asset Management CIO Mark Heppenstall contributed an article to The Hill where he discusses the market’s reaction to the appointment of new Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair, Jerome Powell…. Read More

Fed Meeting Takes Center Stage

By David O'Malley | March 19, 2018

This week’s Federal Reserve (Fed) meeting, the first for new Chairman Jerome Powell, will be closely scrutinized. The market is pricing in very high odds of a 25 basis point… Read More

It’s the End of the LIBOR as We Know It

By John Swarr | March 1, 2018

The London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) has been the most widely traded and referenced short-term interest rate index for the U.S. Dollar (USD) in financial markets in recent history. Each… Read More

Longer Term View on U.S. Interest Rates

By David O'Malley | February 26, 2018

Given my bearish near-term view on U.S. Treasury bonds, I have recently been asked several times, where do interest rates go over the longer term? Over the next several years,… Read More

Pricing a ‘Powell Put’

By Mark Heppenstall | February 22, 2018

Financial markets have a history of testing the incoming Federal Reserve (Fed) Chairman shortly after taking office. There is no better example than October 19, 1987, the day infamously known… Read More

Fed Minutes, Warren Buffett’s Annual Letter Top the Week’s News

By David O'Malley | February 20, 2018

After a few volatile weeks for the markets, I expect a return to a more normal rhythm over the weeks ahead. The factors impacting both stocks and bonds are firmly in… Read More

Recoveries Don’t Die of Old Age

By David O'Malley | February 5, 2018

Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles on winning The Super Bowl! Last week stocks fell the most they have in two years – ending with a 666 point decline on Friday…. Read More



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