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Market Snapshot

The Fed: How soon is "fairly soon"?

The FOMC continues its oracular pronouncements; OPEC swaps customers; Brexit fans get a hard answer; more French election shuffles


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Market Snapshot
Feb 24

The Fed: How soon is "fairly soon"?

The FOMC continues its oracular pronouncements; OPEC swaps customers; Brexit fans get a hard answer; more French election shuffles

Market Outlook
Feb 22

Mid-Week Bond Update

Half full or half empty?

Global bonds mostly gained over the past 5 trading days, as contradictory forces kept investors snapping up both traditional safe-haven and risk assets – depending on their view of the bottle: those in the half-empty camp sought ...

Market Snapshot
Feb 17

U.S. economy: growing pains

U.S. household debt grows along with the economy; China and Japan sell Treasuries; France's election takes another twist; Europe's car sales strengthen

Market Outlook
Feb 15

Mid-Week Bond Update

US high grade bonds – fading romance?

US highly-rated corporate bonds delivered on Valentines’ day a present that investors should have loved: their spread over US Treasuries fell to 119 basis points (bps), the lowest since November 2014. However...

Market Snapshot
Feb 10

Japan trade: Timing trumps tee time

President Trump and Prime Minister Abe tee off; OPEC toes the line; China trade rises; Greece goes back for more.

Investment Insights
Feb 10

U.S. Large-caps

Pockets of Opportunity

ClearBridge's Margaret Vitrano reflects on pockets of opportunity in large-cap stocks amid the market's recent run-up.

Market Outlook
Feb 08

Mid-Week Bond Update

Goldilocks data lifts High Yield, Emerging Markets

High Yield and Emerging Market bonds were the winners over a 5-day period dominated by goldilocks data: a not too hot-not too cold economy has generally been positive for the two asset classes, which have traditionally benefited from...

Investment Insights
Feb 06

Infrastructure investing:

Revival In Progress

America's infrastructure needs an upgrade—and hopes are high Trump will help lead the way. See what our managers believe new spending could mean for investors, and how active strategies can help.

Market Outlook
Feb 03

Policy Matters

What to expect from the Fed in 2017

The surprise election of Donald Trump continues to be the focus for investors. The prospect of a new policy environment, and the various attendant risks, have led to a rethinking of economic forecasts and significant repricing across asset classes.

Market Outlook
Feb 02

Western Asset: a bespoke approach to Unconstrained Investing

Unconstrained fixed-income investing has recently come into prominence due largely to two factors. First is investor desire to avoid having their portfolios tied to benchmarks whose composition may not reflect the optimal or desired components of their investment needs and objectives.

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