The Macro View

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  Throughout 2016 and 2017, the emerging markets staged an impressive rally. The MSCI Emerging Markets Index surged more than 60%. But since hitting a peak in late January, the index has fallen roughly 15% and currently sits down 8% year-to-date. The slide is attributable to the rebound in the dollar, which always creates an… Read more »


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  Lately, the topic at the forefront of headlines and discussions in the investment industry is the flattening US treasury yield curve. This phenomenon occurred as short-term interest rates, largely influenced by the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy tightening, have risen significantly. On the flipside, long-term interest rates, which are largely influenced by growth and inflation… Read more »


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Investors are starved for yield, we want them to be careful… In the current low interest rate environment, many investors are struggling to achieve their income targets and will often reach for yield to make up for any shortfalls. In a fixed income portfolio, this reach for yield can be accomplished in two distinct ways:… Read more »


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Owning a Portfolio of Actively Managed Individual Bonds will be Critical in a Rising Rate Environment For advisors that allocate to fixed income (and we assume that to be most), the days of simply buying bond mutual funds/ETFs and having them sit essentially unmanaged in client portfolios are quickly coming to an end. Rising interest… Read more »