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THE PRICE OF SAFETY

Slow growth and negative interest rate policies have created an environment where it is difficult for bond investors to find value. The stretch for yield has caused income investors to take on more risk, and has stretched valuations of less traditional income sectors as well.

OVERSEEING POOR EARNINGS OVERSEAS

Corporate earnings, the most important factor in market performance, were poor in developed foreign markets last quarter. Forecasts for future earnings have been improving in emerging markets and Europe, but have declined dramatically for Japan. Strength out of the German DAX could be one clue that better times are ahead for Europe.

CAPEX CONUNDRUM

Like many other categories of GDP, business capital spending in the economic recovery that began in mid-2009 has lagged prior recoveries. Businesses must have the confidence to spend now for our economy to thrive in the years ahead.

HAS ANYTHING CHANGED?

A strong July employment report caused Treasury yields to spike higher, but the broader message from the bond market has not changed. Improvement in economic data will need to exhibit greater consistency to exert meaningful upside pressure to bond yields.

EARNINGS UPDATE: WE WERE HOPING FOR MORE

We were hoping for more out of corporate America this earnings season. Although the numbers have not been great, there have been some encouraging signs. The tech sector has produced solid results and forward estimates have been resilient.

 
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