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  • Talking down the U.S. dollar: A means to an (unsuccessful) end download

    White papers 21 March 2017

    Is it better to be weak or strong?

  • Economic Insights: February 2017 download

    White papers 10 March 2017

    Recession; it follows an expansion as the economy encounters constraints, inflation rises, and the Fed hikes interest rates. A recovery follows a recession and begins a new era of better growth, mild inflation, and stock market gains.

  • The nimble and the quick: Success in the future of asset management download

    White papers 23 February 2017

    Being nimble in the asset management industry means having the organizational agility to adjust to markets and client needs efficiently and cost effectively. For passive managers, scale and low fees will continue to be the point of competition. For active managers, clients will require access to a diverse set of niche asset classes to provide alpha atop their passive core portfolio’s beta exposure.

  • Active management can add big value in small-cap equities download

    White papers 23 February 2017

    While the value and effectiveness of active management has been debated among investors, consultants, advisors, and academics for some time, the growth and expansion of passive investment options including index funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) over the past decade has added a new twist to the discussion.

  • The owner-operator advantage download

    White papers 27 January 2017

    The first thing you notice about owner-operators, whether it’s a local restaurant owner or the head of a large corporation, is the passion they have for their business.

  • Why “skin in the game” may mean “out of the index” download

    White papers 27 January 2017

    Are you underweighted in companies with owner-operator CEOs?

  • Three reasons “big banks” are safe for the next five years download

    White papers 27 January 2017

    Since the fallout from the Global Financial Crisis, it has become somewhat of a game among financial pundits to predict the next crash, crisis, or Lehman-like bank failure that will send systemic shockwaves around the world.

  • Economic Insights: November 2016 download

    White papers 13 December 2016

    In 1967, it was the Fifth Dimension that wanted to take you up, up, and away in their beautiful balloon. The mild global cyclical upturn we’ve been describing for months is not taking off like their balloon, but it did hit the world with full force after the U.S. election.

  • What are investors looking for in today's investment environment? download

    White papers 6 December 2016

    These conflicting times of unconventional monetary policy finds investors balancing their choices in an effort to avoid the risk of capital losses; and, at the same time, avoid the regret of missing what may well be a once-in-a-generation bull market in equities.

  • The end of the beginning: The global economy picks up momentum in 2017 download

    White papers 1 December 2016

    November 1942. Winston Churchill addressed the British House of Commons on the occasion of the first Allied victory to date over Hitler’s armies in all of World War II. General Montgomery had defeated Rommel’s seemingly unstoppable armored Panzers at the battle of El Alamein.

  • Taxable U.S. municipal bonds make sense for non-U.S. investors download

    White papers 21 October 2016

    As global investors continue to face falling, low, and negative interest rates, the need for alternative investments to enhance portfolio returns and performance has heightened.

  • Economic Insights: September 2016 download

    White papers 12 October 2016

    For some months, our thesis has been that the U.S. economy was about to start the second phase of a business cycle, an economic expansion.

  • Economic Insights: July 2016 download

    White papers 9 August 2016

    The first half gets a one! The initial estimate of second-quarter U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) was low with real GDP up a measly 1.2% versus market expectations of 2.5%, for a paltry first-half average of a measly 1%.

  • The High-Tech Lever: Examining Technology’s Influence on the Economy download

    White papers 4 May 2016

    The physical limitations of our strength, our endurance, and our finite life span have actually been a catalyst to the success of our species. Human beings have used their creativity and ingenuity to continually transcend those confines.

  • Economic Insights: April 2016 download

    White papers 4 May 2016

    The U.S. recovery since the Great Recession has been the weakest in seven decades. Inflation-adjusted GDP grew an annual average of only 2.08% for nearly seven years.

  • Brexit: Treaties, Tensions, and a Referendum download

    White papers 7 April 2016

    The Right Honourable Clement Attlee was a modest, unassuming man whose appointment as British Prime Minister after World War II was a surprise, even to himself.

  • Preferred Securities: an Oasis in the Fixed Income Desert? download

    White papers 7 April 2016

    Following the global financial crisis, the restructuring and recapitalization of financial firms have made banks and insurance companies an attractive sector for fixed income investors.

  • Economic Insights: March 2016 download

    White papers 15 March 2016

    The global economy is in the midst of a mild cyclical upturn after several quarters of slumping growth, falling profits, and credit stress. The downturn was part of the aftermath of the fading China-driven surge in emerging markets, the nearly two-year plunge in oil prices, and surge in the U.S. dollar.

  • Real Estate Stocks: Not as Vulnerable to Rising Rates as Many Believe download

    White papers 15 January 2016

    On December 16th the Federal Reserve (Fed) finally acted. After months of speculation as to when they might make their first rate move, the Fed announced it would end a seven-year period of near-zero interest rates when they elected to raise their benchmark federal funds rate by a quarter-point (0.25%).

  • Pragmatism Presides, Equities and Opportunism Rise

    White papers 1 December 2015

    Remission or revival?

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