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Expecting a Market Downturn? Make Sure You’re Following the “Noah Rule”

Predicting a major economic or financial event—whether that’s a recession, market downturn or even your own retirement—requires that you also take action. Otherwise your prediction was meaningless.

The Big Four Economic Indicators: November Real Retail Sales

Month-over-month nominal sales in November increased by 0.2% (0.19% to two decimal points). Real Retail Sales, calculated with the seasonally adjusted Consumer Price Index, decreased by 0.1% (0.07% to two decimal points).

Changing Speeds?

A review of last month’s market-moving events across countries and asset classes.

Advisors and Clients Walking past Each Other on Sustainable Investment

Did you know that more than $12 trillion in assets under management are engaged in one or more strategies of sustainable investment in the United States? This comprises more than 25 percent of the professional managed assets across the country and is a 38 percent growth from 2016 figures.

Weekly Heating Oil Prices

The latest price of home heating oil nationwide is $3.02. Residential heating oil supplies are 17.1% above their all-time low.

Teeter-Totter Stock Market

One way of thinking about the share price of a common stock is the price range as a teeter-totter. When the psychology of investors is very negative, enthusiasm for the company hits the ground. On the other end, when everyone is in love with a company’s shares, their end of the board can’t seem to get any higher. Where is the board end hitting the ground currently and who is stuck up in the air on a psychological high?

What Inflation Means to You: Inside the Consumer Price Index

Let's do some analysis of the Consumer Price Index, the best-known measure of inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) divides all expenditures into eight categories and assigns a relative size to each. The pie chart illustrates the components of the Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers, the CPI-U.

All Asset All Access, December 2019

Research Affiliates discusses why they believe value investing is still alive and well and explains how changes to the display of expense ratios seek to enhance clarity for investors.

Consumer Price Index: November Headline at 2.05%

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released the November Consumer Price Index data this morning. The year-over-year non-seasonally adjusted Headline CPI came in at 2.05%, up from 1.76% the previous month. Year-over-year Core CPI (ex Food and Energy) came in at 2.32%, up slightly from the previous month's 2.31% and above the Fed's 2% PCE target.

Beyond Green Bonds: Innovations in Sustainable Investing

Environmentally minded investors, take note: a controversial new bond format that links a company’s sustainability goals to its bottom line could be a game changer in building a more sustainable future.

Sifting Through the Froth

Positive returns across asset classes in 2019 may limit tax loss selling in closed-end funds, but we see potential long term value in select sectors where investors can still buy assets at a discount.

College Planning: Is the ROI in the College or the Major?

Over the course of 20+ years, families have been bamboozled into spending trillions on top-end colleges, while overlooking the fact that it's actually the academic major that is far more important.

Weekly Gasoline Price Update: WTIC Up 5.5% From Last Week

The price of Regular and Premium are down one and two cents each, respectively, from last week. According to, California has the highest average price for Regular at $3.68 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $2.18. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 59.02, up 5.5% from last week and a 22% increase since the beginning of the year.

Treading Carefully: Risk and Opportunity in CLOs and Bank Loans

While many risk assets have rallied in 2019, the lower-rated tranches of collateralized loan obligations (CLOs) have weakened. Is this a sign that the credit cycle is turning?

The Myth Of The “Great Cash Hoard” Of 2019

While the bulls are certainly hoping the “cash hoard” will flow into U.S. equities, the reality may be quite different.