MARKET COMMENTARY

April 9, 2020

THE FIRST QUARTER of 2020 will be one for the history books. The rise of and response to Coronavirus (COVID-19) left the global economy reeling and fueled the worst first quarter in the U.S. equity markets in more than a hundred years. Not only that, but the S&P 500 al...

April 1, 2020

On Sunday evening, the U.S. Federal Reserve (the Fed) cut interest rates to zero (a range of 0 to 25 bps), announced $700 billion of quantitative easing (QE), reduced reserve requirements to zero and expanded dollar swap lines with the global banking community to ensur...

January 30, 2020

The U.S. Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) left the target range for the federal funds rate at 1.5-1.75 percent, in line with the futures’ market expectations. It was also stated that the current policy “…is appropriate to support sustained expansion of economic act...

January 15, 2020

2019 was a banner year for investors. It started off much like 2018, off to the races to start the year, but thankfully finishing quite differently. It was the best year for the equity markets since 2013, with all major U.S. equity asset classes up more than 25 percent...

October 17, 2019

Since 1995, the U.S. SIF: Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment has produced a biennial survey of the SRI (Sustainable, Responsible, Impact) asset management industry.

Its most recent report, “Report on U.S. Sustainable, Responsible and Impact Investing Trend...

October 14, 2019

The S&P 500 index grew yet again in the third quarter with a 1.7 percent gain, following the gain of 4.3 percent in the first quarter. However, from a risk perspective, performance was much more mixed compared to the broad strength experienced in the first half of 2019...

October 8, 2019

The due diligence that advisors undertake in selecting money managers to whom they entrust their clients’ assets is a cornerstone function for ensuring their clients’ long-term financial success.

While the research into the behavioral biases of individual investors is q...

July 24, 2019

While market strength continued in the second quarter of 2019, earnings results have been largely disappointing. With the Fed set to ease, where do we go from here? The big question that remains is: Does easy money mean a market rally? And, will geopolitical concerns a...

April 12, 2019

The yield curve has inverted. What does that mean for the odds of a recession? Policy uncertainty abounds across the globe. Chief Investment Officer Cliff Walsh, CFA offers his view of a potential U.S.-China trade deal, and thoughts on the markets for the remainder of...

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