Investment Perspectives

Is Volatility Dead? Hardly.

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While volatility has been declining in many asset classes, it is creeping into several that may have escaped some investors’ attention.

Summer Rentals

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The calendar for investors appears clear of major events until the end of the summer and beginning of fall.

Bernanke's Melt-Up (excerpt)

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Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke seems to agree with Ed Yardeni's upbeat assessment of the future led by the ongoing high-tech revolution.

Guide To Working With Monetary Napalm

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In the world of financial incendiaries, the Fed's overwhelming monetary stimulus has ignited asset prices in the United States with the force and effectiveness of napalm. Is the fire short lived?

A Case For Infrastructure

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Fueled by a well-documented need for increased infrastructure spending worldwide and drawn to the asset class’ diversification, income, and competitive returns, institutional investors continue to...

S&P 500 Index - Is It Really A Broad Market Index?

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As one of the most widely followed indexes across the globe and despite its widespread acceptance, the S&P 500 contains some inefficiencies.

The Sustainability Of U.S. Interest Rates Rising

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Investors are growing concerned that yields have bottomed for the 10-year Treasury and will surge as the economy gains strength.

A Pause That Refreshes

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Basking in the glow of a series of record-high feats, the equity market has seemed unstoppable.

Five Warning Signs Of A Coming Market Correction

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There are no positive fundamentals driving the U.S. stock market. No one has ever gotten rich by chasing markets by buying at the top.

Emerging Rebound

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The first quarter of 2013 witnessed the worst quarterly performance for emerging market debt (EMD) investors since 2008 and the peak of the financial crisis, as measured by the JP Morgan Global...

Searching For Inspiration

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The stock market's stalling momentum and increasing volatility, combined with other signs evident in the market's recent behavior, suggest investors might be looking for new inspiration.

March Madness Market Parallel

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For the sports fan, this time of year will always be associated with college basketball. The process of "seeding" teams in the NCAA Basketball Tournament can be applied to the stock market, as well.

Can Cyprus Happen To The U.S.?

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Cyprus is a perfect example of how everything can go wrong when government gets out of control and too big.

Cyprus & Lehman (Excerpt)

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While the Cyprus Moment seems to have come and gone, the risk is that the country's bailout plan has set the stage for a run on euro zone banks.

High-Yield Bonds And The Credit Cycle

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More speculative issuance has increased in the high-yield bond market, but we do not find it broad-based enough to offset broader credit quality dynamics...

Water: A Complex And Precious Resource

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In managing the Essex Global Environmental Opportunities Strategy (GEOS), we invest across nine clean technology themes. A key GEOS theme is water, which is a complex and precious resource.

Ride The Yield Curve

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Recent events in Cyprus coupled with higher valuations among lower-rated bonds illustrate that high-quality bonds can still play a role in investor portfolios.

Dow: The Great And Powerful

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The Dow stands 115 percent higher than it did four years ago. However, we can not disregard the stocks behind the curtain of the great and powerful Dow.

S&P 500, Oil, & the Dollar (Excerpt)

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Since the start of the year, institutional investors seem to have stopped reacting to headline risk as quickly and intensely as they did since the start of the bull market.

Three Trends Will Shake American Businesses Out Of Paralysis

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On-shoring, energy infrastructure reinvestment and plant replacement are three trends in the making that will shake American business out of paralysis.