Beyond Bulls & Bears

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Equity

2017 US Growth Investing Outlook

Information technology and health care will likely continue to be areas of focus for us in both 2017 and beyond. Innovation and a changing landscape are creating compelling opportunities for investment, in our view. We see technology spending and investment as being much less discretionary than one might think, giving tech a resiliency factor not typically associated with the sector.

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Perspectives

Global Economic Perspective: December

We feel some caution may be required before assuming that a more expansionary fiscal approach by the new [Trump] administration will quickly translate into a sustainably higher growth rate for the US economy. While the US corporate sector could benefit from future tax cuts, it may suffer if other policies are introduced that restrict trade or immigration.

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Fixed Income

In the Know: Fed Lifts Rates, but “Lower for Longer” Likely

We are cautiously optimistic the backdrop of potentially lower regulation and lower taxes could be a net positive for US economic growth and the corporate environment broadly, but many of the potential changes are likely to be easier said than done. To not anticipate any bumps would be overly optimistic.

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Fixed Income

Finding the Positives from a Tumultuous Week in Europe

While I think it’s important to continue to look at the underlying fundamentals, I maintain that politics and monetary policy will the most important drivers of financial markets over the next year.