Small cap stocks have far less sensitivity to interest rate moves than their large-cap cousins -- a quality worth considering given the Fed's plans to normalize rates further this year.
Central Bank Watch
The US Federal Reserve (Fed) lifted interest rates, as expected, and committed to 2 more hikes later this year. The move signals the central bank's resolve to...
While speculation about political risks is intriguing, it's the cold, hard facts about Europe's economy that should ultimately be the focus for investors.
European Elections 2017
When French far-right and anti-euro candidate Marine Le Pen drives more news stories than US and European central bank governors Janet Yellen and Mario Draghi, one can only conclude that political uncertainty is on the up. It has indeed become one of investors’ main concerns, especially ahead of this year’s three national elections in core European countries: the Netherlands, France and Germany.
Around the curve
Investors appear to be increasingly worried about several European elections this year, including important votes in the Netherlands and Germany, and possibly Italy. However...
Chart of the Week
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Chart of the Week
Michael Bazdarich commentary
Market pundits are sure that bond yields have nowhere to go but up. The reasoning and historical references behind this are faulty, and with bonds already having sold off for 8 months now, I think a bullish bond outlook makes a lot of sense right now. Click here to read why.
A top national priority
With bipartisan support at every level of government, investors are likely to see more infrastructure investment opportunities surface faster.
EMs win post-Fed rally; dollar loses
Emerging Markets rallied following last week’s dovish US Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike, and the central bank’s reassurance that its continuously loose monetary policy will prevail, at least for now. The absence of changes in the Fed’s projections, towards more optimistic ones, led to a US dollar sell-off, wiping...
Western Asset examines recent trends in the muni bond market and provides its outlook about conditions ahead.
Equity market volatility has been notably absent lately -- but how long can that continue, given the risks lurking below the surface? QS Investors' James Norman on why it's important to stay ready with an allocation to low-volatility stocks.
Yellen's FOMC delivers the goods; global oil proves difficult to tame; close call in the Netherlands
Mid-Week Bond Update
A widely-anticipated US Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike accompanied by central bank reassurance about the present accommodative stance reversed a negative streak for...
What do rising rates have to do with stocks? One past example: the small-cap equity markets' response to a rising-rate environment, which has helped power the shift in favor of "value" – as a proxy for stocks of quality companies – over the past two years.
A post-election Fed vs. a pre-election ECB; South Korea business as unusual; a no-drama jobs report; Saudi shuts out the "shale boys"
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