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Chart of the Week

U.S. SMALL-CAPS: THE URGE TO MERGE

Chart courtesy of Royce & Associates. Source: Bloomberg, as of 6/30/19. Past performance is no guarantee of future results. Indexes are unmanaged, and not available for direct investment. Index returns do not include fees or sales charges. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only and does not reflect the performance of an actual investment.

Market Snapshot

China targets U.S. farmers

China’s latest tariffs focus on U.S. agricultural exports; financial markets are pricing in at least one Fed rate cut this year; U.S. consumers’ debt load reached $13.67 trillion, with student debt outstripping auto loans.


Featured Insights

Investment Insights
Jul 24
Investment Insights

Natural Gas Offers a Path to Carbon Neutrality

July 24, 2019

The cleanest fossil fuel, natural gas can be instrumental in a transition to renewable energy.

Market Outlook
Jul 09
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Soft Patch or Slowdown Leading to Recession?

July 09, 2019

While we could be in the late stages of the current bull market, we see stocks grinding higher in the coming months through increased volatility.

Investment Insights
Jun 18
Investment Insights

Rising Risk Bears Watching in Oil Market

June 18, 2019

Recent attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman could lead to an escalation of U.S.-Iran tensions and higher oil prices.

Market Outlook
Jun 06
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Trade Fears Impacting Commodity Prices

June 06, 2019

The ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard continues to signal economic expansion, but tariff conflicts are showing up in ways that matter.

Market Outlook
Jun 04
Market Outlook

China vs Europe: Different Growth Challenges

June 04, 2019

Both China and Europe are showing encouraging signs of improving growth, but it's the differences that investors may find most interesting.

Investment Insights
May 30
Investment Insights

Things Change: The Case for International

May 30, 2019

International equities could regain momentum as conditions that have favored U.S. stocks begin to shift.

Market Outlook
May 13
Market Outlook

MLP update

Midstream Valuation Discounts Shouldn’t Last

May 13, 2019

The current disconnect between MLP (Master Limited Partnership) fundamentals and valuations is unsustainable if cash flows grow stronger, as ClearBridge expects.

Market Outlook
May 08
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Lessons from 1998-2002

May 08, 2019

There are many parallels between today and 1998-2002, but the current environment lacks that period's overvaluation and cyclical excesses.

Investment Insights
May 03
Investment Insights

U.S. economy

Still Room to Run

May 03, 2019

Credit conditions remain healthy at present, leaving ClearBridge optimistic about the economy over the balance of the year.

Investment Insights
Apr 15
Investment Insights

2018 Impact Report

ESG Integration and Engagement

April 15, 2019

ClearBridge’s annual Impact Report highlights the importance of ESG in its fundamental research and advocacy for sustainable business practices in public companies.

Market Outlook
Apr 04
Market Outlook

Recession Indicators Update

Equities: Darkest Before the Dawn

April 04, 2019

A yield curve inversion in March prompted a red signal in the ClearBridge Recession Risk Dashboard. But the overall signal remains in expansionary territory (green), a positive for equity investors.

Investment Insights
Mar 18
Investment Insights

Homebuilders Are Worth Watching

March 18, 2019

Strong economic fundamentals have allowed homebuilders to maintain decent growth and outperform the broad market.

Market Outlook
Mar 06
Market Outlook

Recession indicators update

Evolution of a Downturn

March 06, 2019

Financial markets may be sending mixed signals, but our Recession Risk Dashboard still signals expansion -- with business activity and consumer health showing few signs of stress.

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