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MARKET INSIGHTS 2019-Q3At times, the investing environment feels like the weather in Michigan. One day, it is cold and rainy; the next, hot and sunny. MARKET INSIGHTS 2019-Q2Through the first six months of the year, it is apparent that both the economic and investing environment have become a bit more challenging.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2018-Q42018 proved quite difficult for investors as most investments produced a negative return across styles, sectors and asset classes. MARKET INSIGHTS 2018-Q3There are ample signs of potential change in the wind for investors as interest rates being to increase.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2018-Q2The global economy and financial markets could be entering a new era of change, which could make the next decade look very different from the last. MARKET INSIGHTS 2018-Q1As the new year began, the synchronized global expansion, which shifted into high gear late last year, was intact and appeared sustainable.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2017-Q4How long can this positive environment continue? Should you prepare for an inevitable market sell-off? MARKET INSIGHTS 2017-Q3The past few months have been characterized by a rise in geopolitical tensions and ongoing political turmoil.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2017-Q2After the first six months of the Trump administration, there remains growing concerns that anything of importance can’t get addressed in this increasingly polarized political environment. MARKET INSIGHTS 2017-Q1Since the Republican sweep of U.S. elections last November, investors’ expectations have shifted in favor of a higher growth and inflationary environment.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2016-Q4In the wake of the election, the U.S. equity markets rallied markedly while bond yields spiked higher. Now, most investors and citizens wonder what’s next, for both the economy and capital markets. MARKET INSIGHTS 2016-Q3While economic data generally underwhelmed in the third quarter, capital markets proved their resiliency by posting solid returns across most equity and fixed-income sectors of the market.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2016-Q2After a rough and volatile first quarter in the financial markets, the second quarter was more subdued with a general rebound in prices and investor appetite for risk assets. MARKET INSIGHTS 2016-Q1The first quarter of the year brought renewed uncertainty about the strength of global growth and corporate earnings and, by extension, the sustainability of the seven-year bull market in equities.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2015-Q4While several economic trends remain positive, others appear ominous and potentially disruptive to future growth and market stability. MARKET INSIGHTS 2015-Q3Although most of the economic data and trends remain positive, the abrupt volatility experienced in the capital markets this quarter was another reminder that there is a small margin of error in this environment.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2015-Q2Almost seven years removed from one of the most violent market and economic downturns in history, we are constantly reminded that returning to a more “normal” environment is not easy or without obstacles. MARKET INSIGHTS 2015-Q1While several investment themes from 2014 continued into 2015, a few new ones surfaced with the potential to either help or complicate the landscape.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2014-Q4Issues affecting one country tend to ripple into others, which can cause both new opportunities and unintended consequences, as seen this quarter. MARKET INSIGHTS 2014-Q3After a volatile economic environment during the first half of the year, the data generally indicated improvement during the third quarter and the economy appears to be on a positive track for the remainder of the year.
MARKET INSIGHTS 2014-Q2After a record cold winter and anemic growth in the first quarter, indications of a pick-up in economic activity during the second quarter improved investor sentiment and propelled the capital markets forward. MARKET INSIGHTS 2014-Q1The first quarter brought a pause to the positive trends in the economy and the capital markets of the past few years.