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July 2, 2020

July 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

In our view, the magnitude and speed of the market recovery in the second quarter are noteworthy and potentially cautionary. Government programs have done a better than expected job in replacing individual income to date, though some programs are expected to expire in the next month, which could create challenges.

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June 11, 2020

June 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

In our view, early indications from recent high frequency data are encouraging, but should be viewed in context and not over-interpreted. As we have highlighted, markets have rallied on policy supports and anticipation of re-opening and medical advances.

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May 28, 2020

U.S. Labor Market: Furloughs and Fragility

Nationwide closures, stay-at-home orders, and social distancing guidelines in response to the virus outbreak have pushed the U.S. unemployment rate to the highest level post-World War II. Even with this historic collapse, job losses are likely worse than the headline figures suggest.

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May 7, 2020

May 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

In our view, the markets feel much healthier at the end of April than a month ago, but underappreciated in the improved sentiment is not only the scale of March policy action, but its continuation into April.

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April 23, 2020

The Meaty Realities of Food Production

As investors, we are particularly interested in how companies are managing ESG risks in both their operations and supply chains, as well as whether they are seeking opportunities in high-growth areas such as vegan protein.

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April 2, 2020

April 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

The coronavirus and the measures taken to contain it have had a massive impact on individual lives, the economy and financial markets. While known to be large, significant uncertainty remains regarding just how dire the impacts will be.

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March 26, 2020

Congress Comes Through in a Big Way

After many days of intense negotiations (and many bungled sports metaphors to describe how close the sides were to a deal), The Trump Administration and the Senate reached agreement on an extremely large coronavirus stimulus package, totaling roughly $2 trillion.

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March 19, 2020

Repeat After Me: “The Central Bank is the Lender of Last Resort”

Chairman Powell, when asked about the role of fiscal measures to address the economic slowdown, did not mince words – “Fiscal response is critical.” Following the announcement, futures markets and international equity markets retreated. The primary reason for this market reaction is likely the accelerating economic slowdown that is becoming more evident by the hour as closure announcements and business activity restrictions take hold.

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March 12, 2020

Fear the Bear?

The coronavirus-driven equity market selloff since February 19 has been swift and severe. With the sharp downward price action on the S&P 500 on March 9 (driven by virus fears in addition to an oil price crash after Saudi Arabia started a price war), we are now very close to a bear market, 11 years to the day of the Financial Crisis low.

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March 5, 2020

A Rate Cut – But Is It Enough?

The move followed a call between Fed Chairman Jay Powell and other leaders of G-7 economies to discuss developments with the virus and the potential economic fallout.

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February 20, 2020

Is Inflation Frozen Too? Should the Fed Let It Go?

If the economy has been expanding for a decade, why isn’t inflation higher? The reason to ponder the dog that didn’t bark is that inflation has significant impacts to fixed income markets both through implications directly to rates as well as for monetary policy.

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February 6, 2020

Coronavirus: The Potential Impact on Markets

We believe the recent market selloff is largely justified given the uncertainty around the impact of the coronavirus and China’s importance for global growth. However, we would view a more severe selloff as a buying opportunity considering we do not expect the coronavirus to derail the strength in the longer-term fundamentals of the global economy.

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January 30, 2020

2020 Outlook: Opportunity for Active Investors in Emerging Markets

Stock market returns in 2019 ended on a high with the MSCI EM index adding over 18% (in U.S dollar) for the year, with a 12% gain in the final quarter. Despite this very strong total return, emerging equities still under performed their developed market counterparts. In particular the US delivered a blockbuster year at 31% (as measured by the S&P 500 Index).

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January 23, 2020

Secrets of 2x Advisors

Our panelists, David Griffin of Atlanta Retirement Plans, Jania Stout of Hightower, and Robert Scherzer of Pensionmark, discuss what they learned on their path to 2x, including how they conquered the challenge of growing so rapidly.

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January 9, 2020

January 2020 Fixed Income Market Update

U.S. economic data surprised to the upside in December with strong employment and growth results and the Fed remained on hold as expected. Progress on tariffs and U.K. election results lowered geopolitical noise for the time being. These developments led to continued improvement in risk sentiment.

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December 19, 2019

Worldwide Woes and Debt

One of the most fascinating moves in recent years has been the global tumble in long-term government bond yields to never-before-seen levels. In a number of countries, they fell into negative territory.

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December 12, 2019

Exploring the Low Volatility Anomaly

We are taught to assume that there is a linear relationship between risk and return. In other words, for a greater reward you have to take greater risk. And from an investment perspective, we’re taught this concept of the capital asset pricing model or CAPM, which states the expected return of an asset is a function of risk.

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December 5, 2019

December 2019 Fixed Income Market Update

In November, global economic data was mixed, while U.S. growth and employment data continued to surprise to the upside. China trade tensions continued to moderate, which improved risk sentiment, though resolution remains elusive.

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