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Friday, August 10, 2018

» Investment Strategy Update, August 2018
Alternatives, Commentary

Shortening Duration and Seeking Opportunity in Value, International: This quarter, we are remaining overweight to foreign equities, which we reduced early in the second quarter due to concerns about the headwinds of dollar strength, and slowing business momentum overseas. We remain consistent in our slightly cautious risk posture, favoring government bonds in our fixed income allocation and value in our equity allocation.

Monday, May 7, 2018

» Investment Strategy Update, May 2018
Alternatives, Commentary

Positioning Defensively in Fixed Income and Equities: Global equity markets witnessed a dramatic spike in realized and implied market volatility during the first quarter of 2018, as sentiment quickly shifted on concerns of higher inflation (most notably wage inflation) and a higher likelihood of more interest rate hikes in 2018. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

» Investment Strategy Update, February 2018
Alternatives, Commentary

Positioning for Value: Global equity markets and risky assets alike surged higher in 2017 as earnings recovered, realized and implied market volatility tumbled to near-historic lows, and momentum and positive sentiment continue to propel valuations higher. Markets are very enthusiastic about the new U.S. administration’s execution on tax reform, which may help extend the rally in risk assets even further, provided that monetary conditions do not tighten too quickly. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

» Investment Strategy Update, October 2017
Alternatives, Commentary

Staying the Course: Global equity markets and risky assets alike have surged higher year-to-date in 2017 as earnings recovered, realized and implied market volatility tumbled to near-historic lows, and momentum and positive sentiment continue to propel valuations higher. Markets are once again pricing some additional enthusiasm about the new U.S. administration’s ability to execute on its policy agenda of lighter regulation and looser fiscal policy, however there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation. 

Thursday, August 3, 2017

» Investment Strategy Update, July 2017
Alternatives, Commentary

Positioning for Relative Opportunities: Global equity markets continued to climb higher in the first half of 2017 as earnings recovered, and momentum and positive sentiment helped markets shrug off concerns regarding the new U.S. administration’s ability to execute on its policy agenda of lighter regulation and looser fiscal policy. We expressed our concern in our last letter that there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation, noting that our analysis continues to focus on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic landscape, while considering how such fundamentals may change in response to policy actions. ...

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

» Investment Strategy Update, May 2017
Alternatives, Commentary

Investment Strategy—Positioning for Relative Opportunities

Global equity markets continued to climb higher early in the first quarter of 2017, on momentum and positive sentiment in response to the surprise election of Donald Trump. The market had been pricing in optimism regarding the new administration’s ability to execute on its policy agenda of lighter regulation and looser fiscal policy. However, markets were met with resistance mid-quarter on the heels of a failed health care vote and the realization that future policy actions may be less certain. We expressed our concern in our last letter that there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation, noting that our analysis continues to focus on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic landscape, while considering how such fundamentals may change in response to policy actions.

Friday, February 10, 2017

» Investment Strategy Update, February 2017
Alternatives, Commentary

Investment Strategy—Proceeding With Caution

U.S. equity markets rallied in the fourth quarter of 2016, on the heels of the surprise election of Donald Trump. Some aspects of the new administration’s policy agenda may foster higher economic and earnings growth (regulation and fiscal policy), while other aspects may prove to be prohibitive of growth (immigration and trade). Markets moved quickly to price-in the positive features of President Trump’s expected policy actions, with less attention to the potentially negative consequences. Recognizing that there remains significant uncertainty regarding actual policy implementation, our analysis continues to focus on the fundamentals of the macroeconomic landscape, while considering how such fundamentals may change in response to policy actions.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

» Investment Strategy Update, November 2016
Alternatives, Commentary

Investment Strategy—Defensively Seeking Returns: Global equity markets delivered compelling returns in the third quarter of 2016, following a decline in equities late in the second quarter. Investors have continued to take advantage of price declines in equities throughout 2015 and 2016, shrugging off geopolitical concerns, slower economic growth and inflation, and a deterioration in earnings growth. The persistent support for equities is both technically encouraging and fundamentally concerning, as it may serve as a sign of investor complacency.

Friday, July 22, 2016

» Investment Strategy Update, July 2016
Alternatives, Commentary

Despite a turbulent start to 2016, global securities markets have shrugged off geopolitical concerns, slower economic growth, and a deterioration in earnings, delivering compelling returns for investors. Our analysis of the macroeconomic landscape continues to indicate slower economic growth and limited inflation, and we foresee potential economic headwinds resulting from “Brexit,” the vote by the U.K. to leave the European Union. 
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