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U.S. JOBS: SLOWER ISN'T SLOW

Chart Courtesy of Western Asset Management.  Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, as of Nov 30, 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.

U.S. Jobs: Slower isn't slow

Chart of the Week

Market Snapshot

China's growth: Behind the numbers

China’s growth figures were unexciting, but the trade picture may be improving; U.S. consumers spent well in November; Mario Draghi stuck to the ECB’s plan, but didn’t sound cheerful about it.


Featured Insights

Market Outlook
Nov 09
Market Outlook

Continuing expansion

The Credit Cycle: Key Signals

November 09, 2018

None of the five early warning indicators tracked by Western Asset point to an end of this expansion phase of the economy.

Market Outlook
Nov 07
Market Outlook

Market and Strategy Update

The Continuing Uneven Global Recovery

November 07, 2018

Our thought now is that the optimism for US growth is a bit overdone and pessimism around lethargic global growth rates has swung too far to the downside.

Investment Insights
Oct 17
Investment Insights

Municipal Market Update: September

October 17, 2018

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

Market Outlook
Oct 02
Market Outlook

Fixed income update

Navigating Risk and Reward

October 02, 2018

While we don’t see this credit cycle ending soon, its longevity does warrant extra scrutiny on valuations and some types of of risk.

Market Outlook
Sep 21
Market Outlook

Policy Matters

Accommodative No Longer?

September 21, 2018

While the Fed is expected to hike rates twice more this year, the potential removal of the word “accommodative” from its guidance would be a more notable development.

Investment Insights
Aug 02
Investment Insights

The Power of Income

August 02, 2018

A timely reminder about what really drives fixed-income returns and where the opportunities lie. In short: never underestimate the power of income.

Market Outlook
Jul 31
Market Outlook

EM Debt: High Conviction Strategy

July 31, 2018

Despite the market spillover from developed market rate volatility, Western Asset does not view the recent market rout as sufficient basis to steer away from Emerging Market debt (EMD).

Investment Insights
Jul 18
Investment Insights

ESG Essentials

July 18, 2018

What you need to know about environmental, social and governance investing

Investment Insights
Jun 04
Investment Insights

Quarterly Market Commentary

Global Recovery: Rough Waters Ahead?

June 04, 2018

Optimism for a synchronized global recovery has given way to anxiety over potential EM or European crises. While our viewpoint remains optimistic, taking into account the vagaries of downside risks is crucial.

Market Outlook
May 28
Market Outlook

Policy Matters

The Fed Reaction Function

May 28, 2018

The May FOMC minutes reaffirmed our view that the Fed’s reaction function will be less hawkish than feared.

Investment Insights
May 16
Investment Insights

ESG Investing at Western Asset

May 16, 2018

Investors define ESG in a variety of ways and have different reasons for adopting ESG.

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