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Perspectives

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From Ultra to Extremely?

First Quarter 2015

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What’s likely to happen with geopolitical events? We wish a good fortune teller was available. One can be pretty certain, however, that they will continue to cause investment angst and periodically roil the markets. Given their unpredictable nature, investors can cope through appropriate bond/stock allocations and by remaining vigilant. When it comes to the prevailing economic crosscurrents highlighted earlier, we believe we have much more perspective to offer...

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The Little Book of Investment Thoughts for 2015

Fourth Quarter 2014

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Ring out the old…ring in the new. Investment trends rarely have their beginnings and end points neatly aligned with the calendar. But, this New Year is being greeted by a significantly changing investment climate.

Following are (relatively) short “chapters” covering topics we believe are shaping the changing investment climate for 2015 and …

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Climate Change is for Real

Climate Change is for Real

Third Quarter 2014

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For many quarters we have been discussing changes unfolding within many big-picture economic and investment trends. The table below summarizes the situation as we see things. Taken as a whole, we believe the new trends will constitute a profound change in the investment climate for the next several years. And we expect this climate change will prove over time to be the friend to many investors. However, the churning in the stock and bond markets so far this year...

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Brainfacturing

Brainfacturing

Second Quarter 2014

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Hall-of-Famer, Wayne Gretzky, once stated that great hockey players do not skate to where the puck is but to where the puck is going. With Gretzky’s maxim in mind, we found it interesting to learn that Antoine Van Agtmael, who coined the term emerging markets over 30 years ago, offered some provocative thoughts which suggest where the investment “puck” is currently headed...

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Divergent

First Quarter 2014

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The movie release of the popular book of the same title, Divergent, has now hit the “big screen”. While we confess to knowing little about the storyline of the book and movie, we suspect it is safe to say that it is not about the contemporary investment environment. Yet, the term divergent strikes us...

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Big Intersection

Fourth Quarter 2013

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Perhaps you have heard the Walgreens’ advertising that includes the tagline, “at the corner of happy and healthy”. In the current investment world context, it strikes us that the prevailing views about U.S.-traded stocks and the underlying economy remain much closer to the corner of unhappy and unhealthy...

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Longer for Stronger – The Unintentional Tradeoff?

Third Quarter 2013

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Maybe Copernicus was wrong—the earth does not revolve around the sun. Instead, the entire universe revolves around Washington D.C. Or so one would believe if current headlines and the 24/7 "news" coverage are any indication. Nearly all media focus has been on: the drama surrounding Washington D.C. budget battles, the two "downs"—as in government shutdown and the looming debt ceiling showdown, and when the Federal Reserve will begin...

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Telling the Time

Second Quarter 2013

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What “time” is it in the global economy and the financial markets? Is the economic expansion nearing “old age”? Are the markets living on borrowed time? There are no clocks to guide investors of course. However, we believe a few insights into prevailing conditions, along with some historical perspective, provide the next best thing towards telling the time on these and related investment issues.

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