Economy

Wages Are Rising and The Phillips Curve is Not Dead September 07, 2018

Posted by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy, Markets, Portfolio Management

The Phillips Curve (the relationship between wages and the unemployment rate) finally awoke from its slumber with today’s unemployment report showing private sector wages rising 2.9% year-over-year and non-supervisory wages rising 2.8% year-over-year, the fastest growth rate since 2009. Even more important than that, though,…

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Thoughts on the Term Premium September 07, 2018

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

As many have documented, the main channel of transmission for the Fed’s quantitative easing policy was via the term premium component of US treasuries. As the Fed’s balance sheet doubled from 2010 to 2015, the term premium embedded in US treasuries fell from 2.5% to…

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What We’re Reading August 21, 2018

Posted by Knowledge Leaders Team in Economy, News

Recently we were asked about the latest books and ideas contributing to our economic analysis. Here’s an incomplete list of what we’ve been reading this summer. Straight Talk on Trade: Ideas for a Sane World Economy  By Dani Rodrik A discussion of free trade and…

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Yield Curve Inversion: Not What it Appears July 17, 2018

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

There has been considerable discussion lately about the slowly inverting yield curve and what it may signal for growth prospects going forward. Commonly used as a proxy for the yield curve is the spread between 10-Year US Treasury yields and 2-Year US Treasury yields. As…

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The Inflation Story is Alive and Well in Five Charts July 17, 2018

Posted by Bryce Coward, CFA in Economy

In light of Fed Chairman Powell’s congressional testimony, we thought it relevant to revisit the inflation story and provide yet more evidence that the trend in inflation continues to be higher. For now, the Fed has assessed the risks to inflation and growth as balanced…

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EM Capitulation June 21, 2018

Posted by Steven Vannelli, CFA in Economy, Markets

Yesterday, someone threw in the towel on EM bonds. The Van Eck JP Morgan Emerging Market Local Currency Debt ETF (EMLC) is the largest and most liquid vehicle to invest in emerging market local currency bonds. In one trade yesterday, someone pushed through a block…

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