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US Market Commentary

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Total Concentration: Mega Caps Reign

The concentration of gains up the cap spectrum isn't itself a precursor to weakness; it's the lack of participation from the "average stock" that warrants some caution.
May 30, 2023
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Debt Problem More Than Just a Ceiling

Although few nations have a debt ceiling similar to the U.S.', rising government debt levels are a widespread global risk that may lead to lower economic output and weaker growth.
May 22, 2023
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Nothing Typical for Stocks After Fed's Last Hike

Analysis shows an extraordinary range of outcomes since the S&P 500's inception in 1928.
May 15, 2023

Federal Reserve: Pause or Peak?

The central bank likely won't have enough reason to hike rates again this cycle. In fact, we wouldn't be surprised to see one or two rate cuts later this year.
May 11, 2023
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Shortages to Gluts: Labor Market

Shifts in the labor market due to monetary policy tightening would see lagged effects that may not aid central banks' efforts to materially affect core inflation by year's end.
May 7, 2023

Mysterious Ways: Growth vs. Value Debate

Leadership shifts at the sector and style levels warrant some additional caution, as well as a closer look as to what investors are buying when it comes to "growth vs. value."
April 30, 2023

Debt Ceiling: House Bill Passes, Impasse Continues

Although the House narrowly approved a bill designed to jumpstart negotiations, the issue is far from resolved.
April 26, 2023

China: Strong Economy, Weak Stocks

China’s domestically driven economic growth has not yet translated to Emerging Market stock performance, which has tended to have been weighed down by international political tensions.
April 23, 2023
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Mixed (Inflation) Signals

Headline inflation continues to show signs of improvement, but core measures and those most watched by the Fed are proving stubborn in their path toward cooling.
April 16, 2023
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Revisiting Short-Duration Stocks

Although central banks may be near the end of the rate hike cycle, short-duration stocks may still be an attractive investment theme should interest rates remain at higher levels.
April 9, 2023

Will the U.S. Dollar Be Dethroned?

There has been a long-term trend toward currency diversification in global financial transactions and trade, but we don't see the U.S. dollar losing its dominance any time soon.
April 4, 2023
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Elevation: Largest Stocks to Market's Rescue?

In the face of banking stress and a hawkish Federal Reserve, stocks have advanced impressively so far this year, but narrow breadth doesn't bode well for continued strength.
April 2, 2023
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European Bank Stress Fallout

So far the fallout from the bank turmoil has been modest, but with credit conditions likely to tighten, signs of recovery in the global economy could be impacted.
March 26, 2023
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Another One Bites the Dust: Banking Saga Continues

The banking crisis has sparked immense focus on financial stability; with an attendant tightening in credit conditions, the risk of a formal recession has risen notably.
March 19, 2023

Market Volatility: Bank Worries Strike Again

What our experts think about today's market action.

March 14, 2023

Bank Turmoil: What Does It Mean for Fed Policy?

The situation may relieve some pressure on the Federal Reserve, possibly leading to a pause or slowing in its current rate-hike cycle.
March 12, 2023
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Waves of Inflation

Although inflation may be receding, intermittent waves of price increases may cause investor uncertainty about the direction of economic growth and central banks' policy response.
March 12, 2023

What's in the Inflation Reduction Act?

The $750 billion Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 aims to combat climate change and increase tax revenues. Here's what it could mean for you.
March 9, 2023
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Caveat Emptor: Important Market Shifts Underway

Given the topsy-turvy nature of the market thus far in 2023, it remains crucial for investors to know what they are buying—especially as it relates to growth, value, and quality.
March 5, 2023

How to Prepare for Landing

A "soft landing," with declining inflation but positive growth, would be ideal. However, turbulence appears likely. Here's how to handle it.
March 1, 2023

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