Research & News

Daily Comment (March 2, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EST] Super Tuesday didn’t bring too many surprises.  Donald Trump and Sen. Clinton both won the majority of states but, with proportional delegate distribution, all the candidates still running gathered at least a few delegates.  Soon we will shift to winner-takes-all voting, which should accelerate the process… Read More »

Daily Comment (March 1, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady and Kaisa Stucke [Posted: 9:30 AM EST] It’s “Super Tuesday,” perhaps the most important date on the primary calendar.  By tomorrow morning, we should have a fairly good idea of who will be the candidates from both parties.  Polls suggest that it will be Trump versus Clinton for November.  It probably won’t be… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Brexit (February 29, 2016)

by Kaisa Stucke, CFA The U.K. joined the European Common Market, what is now known as the EU, in 1973.  In 1992, the Maastricht Treaty formally created the EU.  However, as part of the treaty, the U.K. negotiated that it would be exempt from adopting the euro and joining the Eurozone.  Despite the EU’s founding premise… Read More »

2016: An Update (February 24, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady & Mark Keller | PDF Summary: This report is an addendum to our original 2016 forecast.  In our original 2016 Outlook, we forecasted a year-end S&P 500 of 2214.39, based on earnings of $121.67 and a P/E of 18.2x.  As we will document below, we have revised our forecast to 2033.35, with… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The 2016 Election: An Update (February 22, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady Almost two years ago we published a series on the 2016 elections.  In these three reports we suggested that rising discontent among the electorate could increase the odds of electing a president that may turn America away from the superpower role.  Although there have been a number of surprises in the current nominating… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Russia’s Struggles (February 8, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady Over the past year, Russia has faced a growing number of challenges that have the potential to weaken President Putin’s hold on the reins of power.  In this report, we will discuss recent trends in the country, including the economic problems caused by falling oil prices and the military operations occurring in Ukraine… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Trouble in Taiwan (February 1, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady Taiwan held elections on January 16th and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won a resounding victory over the Kuomintang (KMT).  This election will likely raise tensions between Taiwan and Mainland China (People’s Republic of China, PRC). In this report, we will begin with a history of Taiwan.  Next, we will recap the election… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – Italy’s Banking Crisis (January 25, 2016)

by Kaisa Stucke, CFA On January 1, 2016, the EU implemented a new bank restructuring directive.  The new and stricter rules are aimed at forcing private stock, bond and deposit holders to accept losses before public funds would be used in a bank restructuring.  Although all EU countries are affected by these new rules, Italy remains… Read More »

Asset Allocation Quarterly (First Quarter 2016)

Low global growth rates and tighter Fed policy are combining to lower financial market return potential, while increasing overall volatility. We believe U.S. growth will remain low and the Fed will raise rates gradually. At this point we do not foresee a recession. The low growth rate in the U.S. will likely be higher than… Read More »

Weekly Geopolitical Report – The Saudi Executions (January 11, 2016)

by Bill O’Grady On January 2, Saudi Arabia executed 47 people accused of various crimes against the state.  Of this unfortunate group, 46 were Sunni jihadist radicals and one was a Shiite cleric, Sheik Nimr al-Nimr.  Al-Nimr’s execution set off protests in Iran and the Saudi Embassy in Tehran was sacked.  In response, the Saudis broke… Read More »

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