U.S. and China Sign a Deal, Inequality Eludes Measurement, Canada Leads with Fiscal Policy
Phase One: A limited deal is better than none.
Inequality: We can’t manage what we can’t measure.
Canada: Taking the lead with fiscal policy.
New Beginnings With the Year of the Rat
Because it’s the first of the 12 zodiacs, the Year of the Rat is seen as a time of beginnings and renewals. That brings us hope, especially paired with the recent positive development in the U.S.-China trade war.
Outlook on Emerging Markets
Emerging markets are expected to grow more and grow faster than developed markets in 2020, and fundamentals appear attractive for both equities and debt. Trade tensions and global growth prospects are, as ever, the issues to watch in the new year.
The Stay Rich Portfolio (or, How to Add 2% Yield to Your Savings Account)
In this piece, let’s do what Batista should have done – spend a few minutes focusing on the “stay rich” part of the equation. If you’re an investor who has already amassed great wealth and “won the game” what’s the right market approach that will help you keep (and potentially even grow) your wealth?
Q4 2019: "New Highs"
It has been a great year for equity investors. The S&P 500 index posted a 31% annual return, the Dow 25%, and the NASDAQ a spectacular 39%. More than $6T of equity paper wealth was created for domestic investors this year alone.
Allocation Views: Taking a Nimble Approach to 2020
Although easing US-China trade tensions have renewed investor optimism about global economic growth, Franklin Templeton Multi-Asset Solutions’ Ed Perks and Gene Podkaminer still see some potential geopolitical headwinds on the horizon.
Chicago Fed: "Index points to slower economic growth in December"
"Index points to slower economic growth in December." Led by declines in production-related indicators, the Chicago Fed National Activity Index (CFNAI) fell to –0.35 in December from +0.41 in November. Three of the four broad categories of indicators that make up the index decreased from November, and three of the four categories made negative contributions to the index in December. The index’s three-month moving average, CFNAI-MA3, moved up to –0.23 in December from –0.31 in November.
Weekly Gasoline Price Update: Regular and Premium Down Three Cents
The price of Regular and Premium are down three cents each from last week. According to GasBuddy.com, Hawaii has the highest average price for Regular at $3.61 and Oklahoma has the cheapest at $2.16. The WTIC end of day spot price closed at 58.38, up 0.5% from last week.
Don’t Let Risk Eat Your Alpha
A decade of central bank easing and the resulting low-volatility environment have made many investors complacent about risk management. We believe the next 10 years will be more volatile than the last 10 years, and risk management will be central to the delivery of consistent alpha.