Financial Markets recovered partially from a sharp sell-off in the first quarter. Returns in the U.S. were positive, with the S&P 500 index rising by over 3% in the second...
Recent events in Italy have led to a sharp drop in investor confidence and European valuations, notably in the financial sectors but others as well, along with some moderate weakening of the Euro...
Obviously, volatility has picked up from a historically low level. Some component of this is a function of “risk parity” portfolio construction models, where as statistical...
Q - You seem agitated by the ultra low bond yields. Maybe you need to make a mental adjustment?
A – Yes. Whether global yields are hovering close to zero due to secular stagnation,...
In a low nominal growth world, yield is indeed poised to be a scarce commodity, and yield-driven equity asset classes have multiplied to satisfy demand. In some cases, there is dubious...
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The Waiting Game
Financial market returns were quiet in the second quarter, seemingly waiting for some kind of definitive signal that never arrived. The...
Ever since taking office in 2012, Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has been on a mission to improve Japan’s economy. Abe moved quickly to launch an aggressive and unconventional economic...
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