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Our detailed analyses and expectations for U.S. and global markets – including regular outlooks for the beginning of the year and midyear updates – will help you decipher domestic and overseas market surges, slumps, signals, and surprises. 
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Is the Strong Dollar – Weak Yen Really a Problem?

Recently, the dollar has surged against key Asian currencies, but does this pose a genuine problem for the U.S. and Japan?
Economics, Policy, Markets
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Let the Good Times Roll

The debate among investors at the beginning of 2024 focused on how long the economy could sustain above trend growth and whether inflation would continue to decelerate. As we look ahead, most economists have lowered the likelihood of a recession this year considerably amid continued strong economic data, but risks to the bullish outlook remain.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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Navigating Investor Concerns Amidst Western Alliance Challenges

The question of "how concerned should investors be about the Western Alliance" is being raised on both sides of the Atlantic following recent statements by former President Donald Trump regarding NATO, in which he indicated a willingness to support Russia in its actions against NATO members who fall short on defense-spending goals.
Policy, Markets, Equities
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The Yield Curve's Streak of Forecasting Recessions Might Be Over

An inverted yield curve, in which yields on longer-dated bonds are below those for shorter-dated instruments, has correctly predicted the last nine U.S. recessions in the post-World War II era. However, this winning streak could be coming to an end, as the U.S. economy has displayed surprising resilience to the Federal Reserve’s tightening during the past two years.
Fixed Income, Markets, Economics
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Renewed Trade Tensions With China Could Threaten America's 'Goldilocks Economy'

With the U.S. economy performing surprisingly well and the stock market setting record highs, many investors call what is happening the "Goldilocks economy." The main concern now is geopolitical, with the possibility that the Israeli-Hamas conflict could spread throughout the Middle East. However, there is also the risk of a global trade conflict with China that is going unnoticed.
Markets, Economics, Policy
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Why Investors Should Not Rush Into China's Stock Market

Last year was not a good time for China’s stock markets to say the least. The Shanghai CSI index and Hong Kong index ended 2023 down by 11% and 14%, respectively, while the MSCI World index closed the year 22% higher.
Equities, Markets
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Oil, Gas, and Geopolitics in 2024: Saudi Arabia Hanging the Sword of Damocles Over the Oil Market

Expect the oil market to remain balanced in 2024 with oil in the low $70s, a level which could have a minor impact on non-OPEC growth. Midstream equities, under such a scenario, should experience some modest volume growth, while upstream producers could see lower cash flows relative to 2023.
Economics, Markets, Policy
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The Blockbuster Jobs Report Should End All Doubts About the Economy

What does the January jobs report mean for the strength of the economy and possible implications for the 2024 elections? And how does this impact the debate about whether the economy is headed for a recession?
Economics, Policy, Markets
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The Generative AI Productivity Boom is Coming—Just Don’t Try to Guess When

One of the most important issues for investors and policymakers alike is understanding the potential impact that generative artificial intelligence (Gen AI) models will have on the economy and labor market.
Markets, Wealth Management
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2024 Outlook: Has the Good News Been Priced Into Markets?

Financial markets often surprise investors, but the past year defied virtually all forecasts. The prevailing view at the start of the year was that aggressive tightening by the Fed would produce a recession. Instead, economic growth far surpassed expectations at 2.6% according to Fed estimates.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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The Fed Will Lower Interest Rates—But By Less Than What Bondholders Expect

The Fed has signaled it is close to pivoting monetary policy as officials become more confident that inflation is on the path toward its 2% target.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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Interest Rate Cuts Are on the Horizon

As investors look ahead to 2024, the central concern on their minds is the extent to which the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy in the new year.
Policy, Markets, Economics
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The 2024 Financial Landscape Is All About the Fed

In anticipation of the upcoming year, investors are eminently focused on a pivotal question: Are the Federal Reserve's interest rate hikes concluded, and is a rate reduction on the horizon for the next year? While interest rate expectations always matter, the gyrations of financial markets – stocks, bonds, and the dollar — have been dominated the past two years by expectations about what the Federal Reserve will do.
Policy, Economics, Fixed Income, Markets
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Germany: The 'Sick Man of Europe' and Its Implications for the Euro

While global investors focus on the prospects for the U.S. and China, they should not overlook the euro zone, where the economic outlook has shifted this year. The initial consensus was that Europe would be adversely impacted due to its heavy reliance on Russian natural gas. Instead, the euro zone economy proved resilient, primarily because of unexpected plunges in natural gas prices and crude oil.
Economics, Policy, Markets
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An Extended Pause on Fed Interest Rate Hikes Is Prudent for Us All

The Federal Reserve’s decision to leave interest rates unchanged at the recent Federal Open Market Committee meeting was widely expected, given Chair Jerome Powell and other officials previously signaled the outcome.
Economics, Policy, Markets
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How Long Will the U.S. Economy Stay Resilient?

Investors have come to accept that the Fed will keep rates “higher for longer.” Meanwhile, prospects for a soft landing have improved as core inflation has come down significantly this year. Still, investors must assess whether the U.S. economy can stay resilient now that interest rates are positive in real terms and economies abroad are weakening.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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China's Growth Slowdown: Global Investors Should Take Notice

As China's economy has struggled to gain traction this year, many investors accept that its economic growth rate will be below the government’s official target of 5%, which is reflected in a significant underperformance of China's stock market relative to the U.S. and other global peers in the past four months.
Economics, Markets
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The Anomaly of High U.S. Profit Margins and a Tight Labor Market

The U.S. economy’s performance this year has been an enigma for many people. Real GDP growth has been stronger than expected, while inflation has fallen more quickly than expected. 
Economics, Markets
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2023 Midyear Update: A Clear Message from the Fed Amid Mixed Economic Signals

The first half of 2023 was full of surprises. Bond yields surged initially and then subsequently fell back in early April when several regional banks encountered problems. By midyear, however, yields had risen again as the economy proved resilient to Fed rate hikes. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index, which had fluctuated in a broad trading range since mid-2022, broke decidedly to the upside in the second quarter, reaching its highest level since April 2022.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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How to Navigate the Bull Run in Stocks

After fluctuating in a broad trading range since the middle of last year, the S&P 500 Index broke decisively to the upside in June, reaching its highest level since April 2022.
Markets, Wealth Management
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Cash Is King for Now

Many investors are uncertain about what to do with spare cash. Fortunately, for the first time in more than a decade, they can earn a reasonable return on their cash holdings now in money market funds.
Markets, Wealth Management
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Why Is the Stock Market So Calm?

One of the biggest anomalies so far this year is how calm the U.S. stock market has been while gyrations in bond yields have been unusually large.
Markets, Wealth Management
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Should Monetary Policy and Regulatory Policy Be Separate?

The Fed is following its standard procedure of separating the conduct of monetary policy, which is geared to achieve low inflation and full employment, from regulatory policy that is intended to preserve financial stability. The view is that monetary policy should not be altered when a financial institution becomes insolvent unless it is systemically important. While this makes sense in theory, there are many gray areas in implementing policy.
Economics, Markets
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Bank Runs Spell More Uncertainty for the Economy

The bond market experienced one of the most volatile quarters in history in the first quarter of 2023. There also remains uncertainty about how widespread issues are in the banking sector and how these could impact the economy as a whole. We believe that if a recession does transpire, it will be mild, as household and business balance sheets are strong.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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The Russia-Ukraine Conflict is a Wildcard for Investors

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine caused not only a geopolitical earthquake but also a storm of uncertainty for U.S. investors and the global economy at large.
Economics, Markets
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The Debate Over 60/40 Portfolios: The Fed’s Role in Distorting Capital Market Pricing

Are investors still striking the right balance with the popular 60/40 portfolio?
Economics, Markets, Wealth Management
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The Continuing Mystery of Biden’s Trade Policy

When President Biden assumed office two years ago, proponents of free trade hoped it would signal a break from President Trump’s protectionist stance. To the chagrin of many, Biden’s trade policy remains a mystery.
Economics, Markets
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How Can Job Growth Be So Strong When the Economy Is Soft?

This question has surfaced in the wake of blockbuster jobs growth in January. Nonfarm payrolls increased by 517,000 and were accompanied by upward revisions in the two previous months, while the household survey posted nearly a 900,000 increase. They resulted in the unemployment rate falling to 3.4%, the lowest level since 1969. Is this a statistical fluke?   
Economics, Markets
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The 2023 Outlook: Policymakers Are Constrained as Recession Risks Loom

2022 was one of the worst years for U.S. stocks and bonds, as inflation spiked to a four-decade high. Looking ahead, the key issue for investors is whether Fed tightening will spawn a U.S. recession. Fort Washington’s Senior Economic Advisor Nick Sargen shares a 2023 outlook for the economy and how we are positioning investment portfolios.   
Economics, Markets, Wealth Management
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Why a Housing Bust Will Not Generate a Severe Recession

Nearly two thirds of economists foresee a U.S. recession in 2023, according to a recent Wall Street Journal survey. Economists are skeptical that the Federal Reserve can keep raising interest rates to cool inflation without causing businesses to lay off workers.
Markets, Economics, Wealth Management
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As Storm Clouds Brew, Is a Global Recession Looming?

A myriad of issues—Fed policy, inflation, recession in Europe, and a weakening of China’s economy—will likely cause global markets to stay volatile amid unusually high uncertainty.
Markets, Economics
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China’s Property Market is on the Brink. What Does That Mean for Investors?

A weakening of China’s property market would have spill-over effects to China’s main trading partners in Asia, Europe, and North America and would likely reverberate throughout global markets.
Economics, Markets
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Global Recession Watch: The World Economy Confronts Dual Shocks

For the first time in the post-war era, the global economy has been buffeted by two shocks—the worst public health disaster in one hundred years combined with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What should investors do amid the heightened uncertainty?

Markets, Economics
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Will the Stock Market Be a Good Predictor of a U.S. Recession?

COVID-19, international war, and inflationary concerns have all created a ripple effect through the stock market and the economy. It’s still uncertain whether the United States will fall into a recession; however, looking at certain trends from our history allows us to gain insight on what we may expect in the near future.

Markets, Economics
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Fed Tightening Spawns Fears of Recession: 2022 Midyear Update

Markets are likely to stay volatile, and we are maintaining a moderate overweight in risk assets on the view that markets have priced in higher interest rates and a soft economy.
Economics, Markets
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Amid the Cryptocurrency Debacle, It’s Time to Give the Dollar Its Due

The U.S. dollar has been the best performing investment vehicle this year while financial assets and digital currencies have suffered steep declines.
Markets
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Will the Mighty Dollar Become a Problem?

At a time when both U.S. stocks and bonds have sold off significantly, the U.S. dollar has exhibited considerable strength against most currencies. Thus far, U.S. policymakers have not expressed concern about the dollar’s strength, as it helps to temper high inflation. But, it could become an issue if a deteriorating trade imbalance weakens the U.S. economy at some point.
Markets, Economics
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What’s Happening to Markets & How to Position Portfolios

Many investors feel considerable uncertainty about what to do with their portfolios. Weakness in markets can be unsettling, but investors should avoid short-term decisions that may compromise long-term goals and objectives.
Markets
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Episode 04, What’s Happening to Markets and How to Position Portfolios

Periods of market volatility are often reminders for investors to ensure investment strategies and risk tolerance are properly aligned. In this episode, we discuss recent market volatility, its implications for investors, and considerations for portfolio positioning going forward.
Markets, Economics
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Considering Emerging Markets? Bonds May Be Preferable to Equities

Returns for emerging markets equities have trailed those in the U.S. considerably for more than a decade now, while emerging markets bonds have fared relatively well versus U.S. bonds until this year.
Markets, Economics
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How Resilient Is the U.S. Economy to Higher Rates and Oil Prices?

Several factors—including elevated inflation and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine—have the potential to impact the strength of the U.S. economy in the coming year.
Economics, Markets
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How the Russia-Ukraine Conflict Could Affect the Economy and Markets

History suggests that whenever there is geopolitical conflict, financial markets have reacted the most when energy prices spike and the Fed tightens monetary policy.
Economics, Markets
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Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Impact on Markets and Investment Implications

The impacts of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine have added unease to already volatile financial markets. Investors grappling with higher inflation and Fed tightening are now faced with further uncertainty that will undoubtedly keep financial markets on edge.
Markets
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How Vulnerable Is U.S. Housing to Fed Tightening?

The average 30-year fixed-rate home loan has increased to 3.6% from 3.1% at the end of last year, which is the highest level since the coronavirus pandemic struck two years ago. This raises the question about how the U.S. housing market would respond to ongoing Fed tightening.
Economics, Markets
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The 2022 Outlook: The Pandemic May Ebb, but Will Inflation be Tamed?

Looking at the year ahead, several questions remain. Will the coronavirus pandemic finally be reined in? How will bond yields fare as the Federal Reserve tightens monetary policy? And, will risk assets continue to outperform?
Economics, Markets
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With Investors Unfazed by Inflation, What Could Drive Bond Yields Higher?

Investors do not appear rattled by inflation news, and 10-year Treasury yields are little changed at just over 1.5%, implying investors are willing to accept a negative real yield of more than 2 percent to hold government debt.
Markets, Economics
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The Stretch Run for Markets in 2021: Outsized Stock Returns Give Way to Caution

Even though we see the economic outlook as generally favorable after a strong stock market run and re-opening activity, we recognize that market volatility may increase, and some investors may be turning cautious—due to a variety of risk factors.
Economics, Markets
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China’s Property Market Not a Lehman Moment but an Economic Threat

Evergrande, China's largest property developer, faces a possible default. A selloff of China's property market would have major repercussions for China's economy—and perhaps the global economy.
Economics, Markets
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Why Unemployment Data is Challenging the Fed

With economic activity back near pre-pandemic levels and relief programs about to expire, the Fed now faces the challenge of interpreting full employment to determine monetary policy.

Markets, Economics
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U.S. Stock Market Capitalization at 2X GDP: How Ominous Is It?

The logic is that the over long periods the valuation of the stock market should mirror the performance of the economy. However, there can be significant deviations in the interim owing to cyclical forces.

Markets, Economics
Chinese flag and markets

China's Clampdown on Tech Firms and The Risk It Poses for Investors

Since Xi Jinping became China’s leader in 2012, he has taken steps to reverse the trend of allowing China’s communist system to evolve into a more market-oriented model in which private businesses coexist alongside state-owned enterprises. 
Markets, Economics
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Solving the Puzzle of Falling Bond Yields: Why It Matters

Investors have faced a nearly 40 basis point drop in Treasury bond yields over the past month. Two competing explanations have been put forth, and it is important to understand both because they have different implications for financial markets.
Markets, Economics
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Is U.S. Housing Headed for Another Bust?

This question is being asked in the wake of record home price appreciation in the United States.
Markets, Economics
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2021 Midyear Outlook: Recovery's on Track but Is Inflation?

Forecasts of a powerful U.S. recovery this year appear on target. Looking ahead, the key call for investors will be whether the pickup in inflation will be temporary or sustained.
Economics, Markets
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Will Higher Inflation End U.S. Asset Bubbles?

Most observers expect at least a temporary surge in inflation as the economy reopens from the COVID-19 pandemic, but there is greater uncertainty about the outlook beyond this year.
Economics, Markets
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Cryptocurrency Buyers Should Beware of China’s Authorities & the Fed

The bottom line is that in addition to their inherent risks, cryptocurrencies now face added regulatory burdens. For these reasons, we believe privately issued digital currencies should be considered speculative instruments.
Economics, Markets
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Cryptocurrencies Are a Bubble, but Could They Serve a Purpose?

We consider cryptocurrencies to be highly speculative instruments, and investors should be cognizant of their inherent risks. 
Economics, Markets
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Inflation Creep: What to Monitor so There’s No Surprise

The case for the Federal Reserve to taper bond purchases and to raise interest rates will become compelling well before its expected timetable of 2024. 
Economics, Markets
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Preparing for Economic Liftoff and What Ensues

The U.S. economy is poised for a powerful expansion but markets are likely to be choppy as the economy accelerates and inflation approaches the Fed's threshold.
Economics, Markets
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Will Outsized Budget Deficits Spawn Inflation?

The $1.9 trillion COVID stimulus plan has been greeted enthusiastically by investors as the U.S. stock market has set record highs. However, with the U.S. budget deficit reaching extreme levels, some economist are concerned the U.S. economy could overheat and lead to inflation.
Economics, Markets
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Why Big Tech Market Leadership Is In Question

Nick Sargen discusses the dominance of large tech stocks last year. He then presents reasons why market leadership may be changing.
Markets, Equities
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2021 Outlook: Anticipating a Return To Normalcy

Fort Washington's Senior Economic Advisor Nick Sargen shares a 2021 outlook for the economy and markets and how we're positioning investment portfolios.
Markets, Economics
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Why Markets Seem Immune From Politics

The past four years have been one of the most politically-contentious periods in U.S. history. Yet, the U.S. stock market did not skip a beat. 
Markets, Policy
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Why Don’t Outsized Budget Deficits Matter?

The costs of outsized deficits may not be apparent now, but they will become more visible in the future if federal spending is not brought under control.
Economics, Markets
Winding road

Navigating the 2020 Stretch Run & Looming Policy Changes

The U.S. economy made huge strides in recovering from business shutdowns but without the slowing of COVID-19 the economy is still not out of the woods. Our Senior Economic Advisor reflects on the third quarter, previews what’s on the horizon for the balance of 2020, and expands on possible changes in fiscal policy if Biden wins the November elections.
Markets, Policy
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The Market Correction Is Here: Now What?

The U.S. stock market is in correction territory and the issue investors now face is whether the pull-back represents a buying opportunity or is the harbinger of more to come. 
Markets
Voting Poll

Market Impact of Biden’s Fiscal Program

This article analyzes Joe Biden’s proposed fiscal plan and the potential impact on the stock and bond market. 
Markets, Policy
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Why Biden’s Plan to Scrap the TCJA Leaves Markets Unfazed

Joe Biden intends to unwind key provisions of the Tax Cuts & Jobs Act to finance new initiatives as promised during his campaign. Surprisingly, thus far, the stock market has not reacted even though Republicans have decried the proposal and polls show Biden with a decisive lead. This article explains why.
Markets, Policy
cliffside

Will Markets Shrug Off a Looming “Fiscal Cliff”?

Investors need to weigh whether a slimmed down stimulus bill or no bill would threaten economic recovery. Read why Nick Sargen says that the recovery is unlikely to be derailed in either event as long as there aren't widespread shutdowns of businesses.
Markets
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2020 Midyear Outlook: Navigating Cross Currents

There is a high degree of uncertainty about how the economy will fare in the balance of 2020 and into 2021. Many investors are upbeat that it is headed for a quick recovery, but most economists believe recovery will be gradual and uneven following an initial bounce. What weighs on Fed officials is the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus cases that could hinder the re-opening of businesses.
Markets, Economics
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May Jobs: Recovery Is Underway, but the Path Is Uncertain

The May jobs report surprised many investors who were prepared for a large increase in the jobless rate. While the news was a relief to the Federal Reserve, the numbers underestimate the full impact of COVID-19 on labor. Even though the U.S. stock market is back to levels before the pandemic, the path to recovery is still unclear. 
Markets, Economics
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How Will Small Businesses Withstand the Pandemic?

Small businesses have been significantly affected by the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has prioritized these businesses, passing a second bill supplementing the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). However, opinions on PPP vary. In the first quarter, many larger cap stocks outperformed small cap stocks, but small caps have shown signs of recovery.
Markets, Policy, Equities
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Market Bounce: Light at the End or Canary in a Coal Mine?

While the U.S. stock market reversed about half of its prior sell-off, it is likely to remain volatile. There is considerable uncertainty about how long it will take to reopen businesses fully and how severe the fallout of coronavirus will be on the global economy and commodity prices.
Markets
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Coronavirus & the Shape of Things to Come

Investors are now assessing when recovery will begin and what shape it will take, posing the question: What lies ahead? The answer hinges on the spread of the coronavirus and how quickly businesses and jobs can be restored.
Markets
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The Coronavirus Shock Versus Others

The coronavirus shock is different from previous ones. However, the four-step framework we use to analyze the shocks on markets is still relevant today. 
Markets, Economics
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Tipping Point for the Global Economy

The conflict over oil and growing worries about COVID-19 marks the first time the global economy experienced simultaneous supply shocks. Markets are now signaling a tipping point has been reached with the global economy on the cusp of recession.
Economics, Markets
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Global Recovery: Delayed or Derailed?

Investor sentiment about the coronavirus has shifted as the virus spreads. While forecasters have been lowering projections for global growth in 2020, we see a U.S. recession as unlikely and are positioning balanced portfolios close to their strategic allocations. 
Markets
Federal Reserve building

U.S. Monetary Policy & Market Expectations

The U.S. stock market’s surge since October has been linked to the Fed’s balance sheet expansion, but the main driver is expectations that the global economy will improve. The coronavirus scare is posing a test that will likely be temporary.
Policy, Markets
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2020 Market Outlook: What Will Stop the Record Run in Stocks?

With the S&P 500 Index up by 380% since the bull run began in March 2009, investors are wondering what can stop it. This commentary examines the usual suspects – risk of higher interest rates and recession – as well as uncertainty about the upcoming elections.
Markets
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The 2020 Global Outlook: Further Slowing Ahead

Nick Sargen provides his takeaway from a conference sponsored by the Center for Financial Stability in Washington, D.C. that featured the global economy.
Markets
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Quarterly Commentary: Back From the Brink

Senior Economic Advisor Nick Sargen shares his insight on monetary policy easing, trade tensions and the impact on the U.S. economy, and possible investment implications. 
Markets, Economics
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Markets Signal a Possible Tipping Point

Plunging bond yields and heightened stock market volatility have caused investors to worry. Our view is a further slowing of the economy is likely, but we do not yet see signs of recession.
Markets, Fixed Income, Equities
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U.S. Stock Market Confronts Lackluster Earnings

Fed-fueled investor optimism could be overstated and running head long into slowing earnings growth and reignited trade war tensions. This article cuts to the chase on the major drivers and potential obstacles for today’s markets. 
Markets
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2019 Midyear Update: Is the Glass Half Full or Half Empty?

Do investors see the glass half full or half empty?  Equity investors are more optimistic while bond investors are more wary of the economic outlook as explained in our midyear outlook.
Markets
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Is the Global Slowdown Nearly Over?

U.S. and overseas markets have rallied since the beginning of this year, as investors anticipate moderate U.S. growth and low inflation. 
Markets
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Conflicting Market Signals: Which View Is Correct?

The stock market rally in the first two months of this year has recouped most of the losses during the steep selloff late last year. 
Markets
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China Slowdown: Cyclical or Secular?

One of the challenges investors confront is to assess whether China's economic slowdown is primarily cyclical or secular.
Markets
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2019 Outlook: Adapting to a High Volatility World

Following a remarkable run from November 2016 through September 2018, the U.S. stock market ended last year with the steepest quarterly decline since the 2008 Financial Crisis.
Markets
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Markets Signal an End to the “Trump Bump”

During this quarter, the stock market's gains for the year have been erased amid perceptions U.S. growth has peaked.
Markets
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Markets After the Midterms

After rising to a record high in September, the U.S. stock market experienced a steep sell-off in October. Recent market volatility could be a preview of what’s in store for next year.
Markets
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The Trump Trade Lives On

Strong economic growth and robust corporate profits propelled the U.S. stock market to a record high in the third quarter.
Markets
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Midyear Update: Global Equity Markets at an Inflection Point

Following a strong start in January, global equity markets have retraced some of their gains while volatility has increased from record lows.
Markets
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Equity Markets Turn Volatile

In January, the U.S. stock market experienced its first correction of 10% in more than a year, ending the first quarter down marginally.
Markets
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What Market Volatility Is Signaling

Recent stock market gyrations have caused investors to reassess the underpinnings of the market’s steady rise since the 2016 elections.
Markets
2018 Outlook

2018 Outlook: Solid Economy, But No Encore for Markets

2017 was a stellar year for global equities fueled by renewed investor confidence amid a synchronized world expansion.
Markets
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Surge in Risk Assets Intensifies

Equities, High Yield bonds, and other risk assets posted another strong showing in the third quarter.
Markets
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Markets at Midyear: Calm for How Long?

Markets were unusually calm in the first half of this year even though the U.S. economy grew less than expected and healthcare legislation stalled, which has delayed passage of a tax bill.
Markets, Equities
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A Tale of Two Countries: UK & France

Theresa May’s decision to call an early election as Prime Minister has come back to haunt her: Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn mounted a credible campaign that denied the Conservative Party a parliamentary majority.
Markets, Equities
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The Trump Rally at an Inflection Point

The “Trump Trade” fades following President Trump’s surprise victory on November 8, investors responded by buying equities and other risk assets, while treasury yields and the dollar surged.
Markets
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2017 Outlook: Is Trump’s Election a Game-Changer?

Donald Trump’s surprise victory has unleashed animal spirits, with U.S. stocks and the dollar surging as investors anticipate a pro-growth strategy and an end to government dysfunction.
Markets
markets re-price risk

Markets Re-Price Risk

The rally in risk assets continued in the third quarter driven by expectations that near record low interest rates will continue for the foreseeable future.
Markets
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