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  • Why This Crisis Is Different—Rules-Based Strategies January 15, 2019
    As in the prior three waves of quantitative easing, central banks’ current ultra-easy monetary policies have pushed volatility levels down and asset prices up. The age-old dictum, “Don’t fight the Fed,” is even more powerful when several central banks simultaneously triple and quadruple their balance sheets.
    Brian Singer, CFA, Partner
  • Is Sustainability Sustainable? January 10, 2019
    Given investors’ surging interest in combining financial return objectives with environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors—a concept known as “blended value”—some may be tempted to dismiss this as a transient trend.
    Blake Pontius, CFA
  • The Bigger the Easing, the Bigger the Fall January 8, 2019
    If the effects of past waves of easy monetary policy are any indication, it’s difficult to see how this latest wave can end well. Of utmost concern should be current monetary policy’s distortionary effects on asset prices and the suppressed growth potential of the real economy.
    Brian Singer, CFA, Partner
  • New Movie, Same Plot: 4 Waves of Monetary Policies January 3, 2019
    As discussed in the first part of this series, markets have a history of repeated cycles of euphoria, crashes, and recoveries. Currently, we have four concerns that are creating navigational risk but could ultimately provide unique opportunities: monetary policy irresponsibility, rules-based strategies, the Volcker Rule, and uncoordinated circuit breakers. To understand these risks, we must […]
    Brian Singer, CFA, Partner
  • Electric Vehicles Threaten Auto Incumbents December 26, 2018
    We believe that electric vehicles present an opportunity for active managers to uncover value for their investors. And investors don’t need to look past the next few years to see how the development and adoption of electric powertrains is creating threats to incumbents and opportunities for new entrants.
    Andrew Siepker, CFA|Anil Daka, CFA

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