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Market Review Q419: Some Lessons from Traffic

With markets continuing their upward trajectory, it is easy to assume central banks are in control and things are going well. Some insights from how people interact with their environment in traffic reveal a very different perspective, however.

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Market Review Q319: The Bursting Bubble of BS

Several rumblings in the quarter raised concerns about an imminent market crash. Another distinctive possibility is that the bubble of "airy promises" and overly optimistic growth expectations is bursting.

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Market Review Q219: Dollars and Nonsense, Part 1

The story of the first half of 2019 was the Fed reversing its position on raising rates. The gig of short-term fixes is almost up though and now is the time for investors to consider the longer-term implications for monetary policy.

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Market Review Q119: Opposites Don’t Attract

The increasing presence of opposite extremes makes the investment environment far more uncertain. It also means investors will have to work harder to meet their goals.

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Q418 Market Review: A Brand New Day

The return of volatility in the fourth quarter should not be overlooked. The landscape has changed which will create opportunities for alert investors and downside risk for others.

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Market review Q3 18: Give me an “L” (for liquidity)

Investors who view market opportunities exclusively through the lens of recent strong economic performance risk misreading a pivotal event. The tide of liquidity is turning and will bring asset prices down with it.

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Market overview Q218: What does it mean to invest?

Market twists and turns can cause anxiety but it is several unsustainable trends that pose a greater risk. As a result, it makes sense for long term investors to seriously consider exactly what they are trying to accomplish and what they need to prepare for throughout their investment horizon.

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Market Overview Q118: Mr. Market Gets Moody

The complexion of the market changed in the first quarter as volatility spiked. Now is the time for investors to be very clear about what they get in return for committing capital to risky investments.

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Market overview Q4 17: Dreaming

Although there are many superficial reasons to be enthusiastic that strong market performance can continue, most positives are overstated and many risks are underappreciated. In fact, today's investment environment entails such a high degree of uncertainty that most investors would be best served by simply minimizing their worst case scenario.

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Market Overview Q317: Raised on Promises

The widespread indifference to risk in the markets strongly suggests something is wrong. That something is “bad promises” and it has significant and widespread implications for investors.

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Market Overview Q217: Shaping up for a New Investment Environment

After a long period of “riding the wave” of central bank liquidity, investors are now confronted with much more difficult decisions. Andrew Lo’s new book, Adapative Markets, provides an excellent framework from which to analyze the current situation, evaluate market risks and prepare for changes.

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Market overview Q117: The calm before the storm?

The persistence of exceptionally low volatility has created a perception that it will be “smooth sailing” for stocks. Evidence suggests just the opposite, however; now is the time to focus on protection.

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Market Overview Q416: Diagnosing the Problem

The good news is that economic problems are fixable. The bad news is that they need to be properly diagnosed and treated first. Investors need to handicap the degree to which this will happen.

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Either/Or: How Should We Invest?

An investment landscape of increasingly binary outcomes requires fundamentally different involvement by investors. Importantly, those taking their cues primarily from the US economy are likely to be woefully unprepared.

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The Times They Are A-Changin': Reading the Signs

One of the key insights revealed by the presidential election is that there has been a significant gap between perception and reality in regards to a number of economic issues. Resolution of these issues is likely to be messy and involve change that will affect investors in many ways.