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Positioning for the Next CAPEX Cycle

S&P 500 companies grew capital expenditures (CAPEX) by 19.8% in 2022. With structural tailwinds this could be the beginning of a new ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA; David Beniaminov, CFA

The Benefits of Lower Correlations

Rising Asset Correlations Went into Overdrive In 2022 Correlations across U.S equity, international equity, and fixed income rose in 2022 as global ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA; David Beniaminov, CFA

Labor Market Stress to Impact U.S. Sectors

The news cycle shifted quickly from covering a labor shortage to rounds of layoffs. Although the U.S. labor market remains strong, cracks ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Q3 Earnings Roundup & Sector Views

With 26% of the S&P 500 earnings reported, third-quarter results have been mixed, although they generally have come in better than expected, ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Inflection Points – October 2022

Too Much, Too Soon, and Just a Little Too Late: Stimulus a Driver of Market Noise Editor’s Note:  Inflection Points is a ... By Scott Helfstein, PhD

Sector Views: S&P 500 Sensitivity to Global Factors

Macroeconomic shifts have stirred global markets this year, and the U.S. is no exception. Tighter monetary policy in response to higher inflation ... By David Beniaminov, CFA; Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Sector Views: Free Cash is King

Quality has grown in importance as reduced demand expectations and lower consumer sentiment weigh on the macro outlook. The term ‘quality’ can ... By David Beniaminov, CFA; Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Sector Positioning Based on Economic Regimes

The Federal Reserve’s July FOMC meeting potentially tilted the market’s focus from interest rate sensitivity to economic growth sensitivity. Therefore, the prospect ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

The Taylor Rule and Sector Views

Given the current macroeconomic environment, where the most significant topics include discussions on inflation, policy rates, real GDP (rGDP), and the Fed ... By David Beniaminov; Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Earnings Roundup and Sector Views

This has been a tough earnings season for certain sectors of the S&P 500 Index. This earnings season provided investors insight on ... By David Beniaminov; Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Sector Views: The State of the U.S. Consumer

Inflation and rising interest rates create an uphill journey for the consumer and the economy. U.S. real disposable income has been declining ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Sector Views: Locating Profitable Growth

Growthier segments of the market came under pressure as investors began prioritizing shorter duration, current profitability, and dividend income. About 75% of ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA; David Beniaminov

Current Sector Views and December 2021 Recap

The pace of Federal Reserve (Fed) balance sheet tapering, that started in November, accelerated in December, bringing forward the timing of the ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA; David Beniaminov

Current Sector Views and May 2021 Recap

Is inflation permanent, transitory, or some combo thereof? Should investors be preparing for a short-term increase in inflation or are higher inflation ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

Current Sector Views and April Recap 2021

During April, daily global COVID-19 diagnoses reached all-time highs.1 Case growth plateaued at 5.7 million new cases per week. Emerging markets are ... By Jon Maier; Michelle Cluver, CFA

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