Feature Articles: Institutional Investment Management

Financial Institutions Insights “COVID Recession”

By Tony Albrecht, CFA®

April 17, 2020Institutional Investment Management

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It seems a bit trivial to discuss economics and investment strategy in the middle of a pandemic.  What’s really important anyway?  Where interest rates are headed or how to remain healthy while this invisible killer terrorizes the globe?  One thing we can do is explain what we...

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Credit Spreads Narrow but Remain Elevated

By Tony Albrecht, CFA®

April 09, 2020Institutional Investment Management

As we monitor economic activity and the impact on credit spreads, we have seen and will continue to see data that is much worse than any of us have seen before. Equity markets expect this which is why they are rallying today despite a jobless claims report that...

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Corporate Bond Market

By Tony Albrecht, CFA®

April 02, 2020Institutional Investment Management

I want to share something important that is happening in the investment grade corporate credit market. I track the option adjusted spread (OAS) which is essentially the additional yield the investor receives versus a risk-free Treasury security. Prior to the COVID outbreak, the OAS for the...

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1st Quarter 2020 Strategy

By Tony Albrecht, CFA®

January 16, 2020Institutional Investment Management
Financial Institutions Insights 1st Quarter 2020 Strategy “A Short-Term Rebound Followed by Economic Softening”

 

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Interest rates declined 90 basis points in 2019.  While current levels seem low (5-year Treasury note yield at 1.60%), remember in 2012 the same Treasury had a yield 0.50%.  Unless the duration of your bond portfolio is...

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4th Quarter 2019 Strategy - “PMI Data Stokes Slowdown Concerns”

By Patrick Larson, CFA®

October 08, 2019Institutional Investment Management

Economic Overview

The U.S. economy chugs along at a 2.0% pace (GDP) with a quarterly range between 1% and 3%.  Recall GDP advanced 3.1% in the 1st quarter and the 2nd quarter was reported at 2.0%.  Expectations for the 3rd quarter are centered around...

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