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Market Snapshot

OPEC: Oil pressure

Conflicting objectives – market share vs. price stability – keep the pressure on crude oil prices; confidence in U.S. growth is the main issue; European growth increases


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Market Outlook
Mar 24

Michael Bazdarich commentary

End of the bond bull market?

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 The reasoning and historical references behind this are faulty, and with bonds already having sold off for 8 months now, I think a bullish bond outlook makes a lot of sense right now.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.

Market Snapshot
Mar 24

OPEC: Oil pressure

Conflicting objectives – market share vs. price stability – keep the pressure on crude oil prices; confidence in U.S. growth is the main issue; European growth increases

Investment Insights
Mar 23

A top national priority

Investing in infrastructure

With bipartisan support at every level of government, investors are likely to see more infrastructure investment opportunities surface faster.

Investment Insights
Mar 22

EMs win post-Fed rally; dollar loses

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...

Investment Insights
Mar 20

Municipal Market Update: February

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

Investment Insights
Mar 20

Low-Volatility Stocks

The Time is Now

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.

Market Snapshot
Mar 17

Fed rate hike: The plot thickens

Yellen's FOMC delivers the goods; global oil proves difficult to tame; close call in the Netherlands

Investment Insights
Mar 15

Mid-Week Bond Update

Soft Fed hike reverses bond gloom

A widely-anticipated US Federal Reserve (Fed) rate hike accompanied by central bank reassurance about the present accommodative stance reversed a negative streak for...

Investment Insights
Mar 15

Natural Fit: Rate Hikes and Small-Cap Value

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.

Market Snapshot
Mar 10

Fed vs. ECB: Two roads diverge

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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