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INFLATION: NO PRESSURE

Source: Bloomberg, Federal Reserve, Feb 15, 2018. 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.

Inflation: No Pressure

Chart of the Week

Market Snapshot

Market Volatility: Mean Reversion

Markets found their way back to volatility, showing a couple of new patterns – including some sector preferences and a muted “risk-off” reaction.


Featured Insights

Investment Insights
Feb 15
Investment Insights

Rebuilding American Infrastructure

February 15, 2018

More spend on airports, roads, rail and water is likely to flow from the Trump Administration’s infrastructure reform. The acquisition of publicly owned assets by listed infrastructure companies is another potential outcome.

Market Outlook
Feb 14
Market Outlook

Mid-Week Bond Update

Thorny Valentine roses

February 14, 2018

The much-awaited January US inflation report brought what many investors had wished for, rising inflation, but a busy Valentine day also delivered a gloomy and unexpected dip in the country’s retail sales. Investors focused on the former and most global bond asset classes continued the...

Investment Insights
Feb 14
Investment Insights

Above the Noise

The Digital Revolution Will Be Mobilised

February 14, 2018

A large proportion of emerging market populations now access the internet principally via smartphones. This is spurring phenomenal innovation and driving huge growth in e-commerce.

Market Snapshot
Feb 09
Market Snapshot

Market Volatility: Mean Reversion

February 09, 2018

Markets found their way back to volatility, showing a couple of new patterns – including some sector preferences and a muted “risk-off” reaction.

Market Outlook
Feb 09
Market Outlook

Policy Matters

The Fed and Current Market Pricing

February 09, 2018

The transition from Janet Yellen to Jerome Powell as chair of the Federal Reserve (Fed) is happening at an interesting moment for financial markets and the US economy. Two topics in particular have recently come to the fore of investors’ minds: the potential for an increase in inflation and the current pricing of Fed interest rate hikes. We address both in the final section of this note. However, some context is needed first. Before addressing the topics du jour, we assess Yellen’s record and then provide an outlook for the Fed under Jerome Powell. It is only with the context properly established that we can attempt to adequately address the issues of the day.

Market Outlook
Feb 07
Market Outlook

Mid-Week Bond Update

Inflation expectations: hot air?

February 07, 2018

The panic over higher rates and rising inflation that roiled financial markets over the past five trading days abated on Wednesday, as optimism on faster growth and improving corporate profits seemed to outweigh the concerns. Still, the world...

Investment Insights
Feb 07
Investment Insights

Recent market volatility

Market update - Global Equity Income

February 07, 2018

Mark Whitehead gives his explanation on the recent bout of market volatility and what it means for global equity income funds.

Market Snapshot
Feb 02
Market Snapshot

U.S. jobs: Nature of the Beat

February 02, 2018

U.S. wage growth re-emerges, the market reacts; the Fed sticks to the script; Europe’s painful good news on growth.

Market Outlook
Feb 02
Market Outlook

Fixed income

Where Are We in the Credit Cycle?

February 02, 2018

The credit cycle is still in expansion mode, and investors who run for cover too early may regret missing out on incremental returns.

Market Outlook
Feb 02
Market Outlook

2018 Outlook

On Growth, Inflation, Tax Cuts and More

February 02, 2018

In this Q&A, Western Asset Portfolio Manager and Research Analyst John Bellows discusses the outlook for growth and inflation, the impact of recent tax cuts, the maturity of the current business cycle and where to find value in the market when everything seems expensive. Read more.

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