Category: Economy

109 posts categorized as "Economy"

Millennials Ruin Everything

October 17, 2018

Content Provided by Michael Hadden – Investment Research Analyst Seriously. Just go online and look. In fact, this article cites 70 different things millennials have “killed,” an impressive feat for a generation spanning the ages of 22 to 37. So, if millennials are so great at destroying things we know and love, are they also…

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Behind the (Research) Curtain

June 29, 2018

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, Portfolio Manager There are five areas of analysis we utilize to review investment ideas (see our Risk Budgeting White Paper pages 9-10). To help our readers understand these analyses and our investment processes, let’s take a look at a real life example applicable to many, if not all,…

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Tariffs: Market & Economy Implications

June 28, 2018

Content Provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, Portfolio Manager What has Happened? President Trump has officially imposed a 25% tariff on steel imports, and 10% on aluminum, from everywhere in the world (pending some exemptions). Reasoning for these tariffs is a belief that other countries’ current trade practices are a threat to national security, as well…

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Reason #29 Not to Use Stock-to-Bond Ratios to Manage Risk

June 11, 2018

Content Provided by Case Eichenberger, CIMA, Client Portfolio Manager Income-Based Portfolios Which portfolio would you expect to be riskier? A or B? Or, put another way, which portfolio would you expect to be more volatile?   Tough call, isn’t it? They both look very similar in terms of stock-to-bond ratios. Let’s call it a wash…

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Currencies’ Impact on Portfolios (and My Honeymoon)

September 14, 2017

Content provided by Joshua Jenkins, CFA, Portfolio Manager Over the last year, currencies have been on the forefront of my mind, which is unusual. I’m not saying they are not important. In the short term, they definitely impact returns. Portfolio Manager Case Eichenberger recently wrote about that here. Over the long term, however, the impact…

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Oh, That Crazy Debt Ceiling

September 8, 2017

Content provided by Marc Pfeffer, Senior Portfolio Manager I know many investors don’t follow the short-term Treasury market on a day-to-day basis. But, as someone who has followed the fixed income market for my entire career, which includes running money market funds, I know these securities are key components. During the summer months, the debt…

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CLS Answers Your Questions

May 4, 2017

Content provided by Case Eichenberger, CIMA, Client Portfolio Manager I’ve received a few thoughtful questions from advisors this week, and I’d like to address them as I believe they may be on the minds of many CLS clients. How will President Donald Trump’s tax plan affect the economy and how are we positioning portfolios? The…

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A Terrible Year?

January 26, 2017

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CFA, CLS Portfolio Manager Let’s review some events that took place over the last year: At the end of 2015, the U.S. Federal Reserve (Fed) hiked rates for the first time in nearly 10 years (the last one was in June 2006). 2016 began with one of the worst market…

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The Bright Side of Rising Rates

January 20, 2017

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA, CAIA, CLS Portfolio Manager Investors have been infatuated with the timing and pace of the Federal Reserve’s (Fed’s) plan to raise interest rates ever since rates were pinned at the zero bound in the midst of the financial crisis. Most of the rhetoric regarding interest rate hikes is negative,…

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Global Debt Levels

January 11, 2017

Content provided by Scott Kubie, CFA, CLS Chief Investment Strategist The recent short-term rally in global stock markets has boosted optimism towards equity investments. While always glad to see our clients benefiting from market increases, CLS portfolio managers continue to keep a vigilant eye on market risk. In addition to our Risk Budgeting Methodology, we…

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