The Rally in Energy Isn’t a Fluke September 28, 2017

By Bryce Coward, CFA in Markets, Portfolio Management

Since the middle of August the S&P 500 energy sector is up 11.5% compared to just 3% for the index as a whole. Many observers have chalked this outperformance up as a reaction to a deep oversold condition or a short covering bounce, but a…

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The Impossible Math of the Federal Reserve September 21, 2017

By Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy

Yesterday the Federal Reserve officially signaled the beginning of its balance sheet run-off. At this point, that’s old news. But, today the Fed released the Z.1 Flow of Funds, which adds to the intrigue of the balance sheet run-off. Why? Instead of getting wrapped up…

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We’ve been talking at length recently about the attractiveness of foreign, cyclical stocks here, here, here, and here just over the last month. While foreign developed markets are attractive, emerging markets are especially attractive from a valuation perspective and are also benefiting from what we think is…

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Investing in Gold for RICs August 29, 2017

By Steven Vannelli, CFA in Portfolio Management

For retail investors, there are a few vehicles for exposure to gold. The SPDR Gold ETF (GLD) and the iShares Gold ETF (IAU) are the biggest, lowest cost funds for retail investors. Below are charts of the GLD and the IAU, with price and USD…

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