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Quarterly Economic Update: Q2 2019

June’s Improved Optimism on Trade Helps Buoy Risk Assets Despite Mixed Economic Signals Fed appears poised to cut rates for first time since 2008. The second quarter is done and dusted, but market participants and futures markets appear to…

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Global Manufacturing Downturn Worsens, Recent Data Show

Earnings for some sectors may be impacted. Despite some diffusion of trade tensions at the weekend’s Group of 20 meetings in Japan, purchasing managers’ activity from around the globe indicates that economic growth is slowing. For the third month…

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Market, Macro Forces Support Recent Gold Rally

Gold prices reached six-year highs this week as key market and macro factors that have been brewing in recent weeks came together to help boost the precious metal’s allure. Heightening tensions between the U.S. and Iran, continued uncertainty about…

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Markets’ Mixed Signals Leave Fund Managers Guessing

Even as stocks have performed strongly thus far in June, institutional investors have been flipping from overweight to underweight equities at levels not seen since March 2009. While their underweight positioning to global equities fell to a 10-year low,…

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Monthly Economic Update: June 2019

Economic Data Softening as U.S. Economy Looks Toward Longest Expansion Two months into the second quarter and the U.S. economy is heading towards its longest expansion since the 10-year expansion from 1991-2001. By July, it will become the longest,…