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CASH: PLENTY OF DRY POWDER

Chart courtesy of ClearBridge Investments. * Institutional & Retail Money Funds – ICI. ** MSCI U.S. IMI Index. Data as of July 3, 2020. Source: FactSet. 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

Cash: Plenty of dry powder

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Market Snapshot

Oil Shock: The Energy Sector and Beyond

The collapse in oil prices has added to market dislocations and uncertainty associated with the coronavirus pandemic.


Featured Insights

Market Outlook
Aug 03
Market Outlook

Recovery Indicators Update

Economy Finding Firmer Footing

August 03, 2020

Two positive signal changes re-affirm the overall green signal of the ClearBridge Recovery Dashboard.

Investment Insights
Jul 29
Investment Insights

The Fed

Preparing for a Long Period of Easing

July 29, 2020

The Fed is planning for a prolonged period of accommodation, and seeking to ensure its policies can be sustained as long as needed.

Market Outlook
Jul 15
Market Outlook

Markets Now: Review and Outlook

July 15, 2020

Weakness in manufacturing data, hours worked and building permits is helping to keep our proprietary leading economic indicator in negative territory, despite overall improvement over the past month.

Investment Insights
Jul 10
Investment Insights

Municipal Market Update: June

July 10, 2020

Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.

Investment Insights
Jul 08
Investment Insights

Weekly Monitor

Munis: Mid-Year Review

July 08, 2020

It was the most volatile first half-year in the history of the muni market, yet the Bloomberg Barclays Municipal Index still returned 2.08% for the period following a strong second quarter.

Investment Insights
Jul 08
Investment Insights

Infrastructure Earnings and COVID-19 Uncertainty

July 08, 2020

The market has potentially mispriced COVID-19's impact on both earnings and the market risk premium attached to infrastructure assets.

Market Outlook
Jul 01
Market Outlook

Around the Curve

The Diverging Fortunes of Emerging Markets

July 01, 2020

The COVID pandemic highlights the quality differentials within the EM debt universe.

Investment Insights
Jun 17
Investment Insights

Muni Weekly Monitor

Muni Payrolls Decline, Highlighting Austerity

June 17, 2020

A deep dive into what jobs data associated with COVID-19 says about austerity at the state and local government levels.

Investment Insights
Jun 16
Investment Insights

Commercial Real Estate

Major Shifts in Sectors Underway

June 16, 2020

The economic fallout from COVID-19 appears to be accelerating existing trends in commercial real estate, with industrial strengthening while retail faces challenges.

Market Outlook
Jun 16
Market Outlook

Around the Curve

COVID-19: Social and Economic Consequences

June 16, 2020

The pandemic has created a fertile environment for social unrest, with much depending how well governments address the crisis and the subsistence needs of their citizens.

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