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Is This the Beginning or the End?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Is the U.S. business cycle primed to continue with the tailwinds of new policy and a stabilizing global economy powering it higher? Or will new geopolitical and policy risks finish it off? While the world seems more uncertain than ever, this year’s predictions highlight three areas we’ll be watching that should give us some answers.

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The Productivity Conundrum

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

We recently polled the members of CAPTRUST’s Investment Committee to get a feel for what longer-term or structural topics they felt readers should be aware of in the coming months. What issue or issues will drive their discussions? Their immediate response: productivity.

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The Inelegant Narrative

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Investment outcomes are subject to the conflicting forces of variable interaction and the need for explanatory narratives. Factors impacting a given asset class’s performance are nearly infinite. In a world of shortened attention spans and bite-sized content, we may be oversimplifying at the expense of true causal understanding.

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The Inelegant Narrative

Monday, April 18, 2016

Today's capital markets reflect bond yields at all-time lows, stagnant or falling earnings, and at least one major market in a lengthy bull market with few pullbacks along the way. In other words, not the best setup for investors already frustrated by low returns over the past three years. CAPTRUST Chief Investment Officer Eric Freedman provides his current perspective on this inelegant truth.

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Prognosticators and Prophets Beware

Monday, February 01, 2016

The New Year ushers in a flood of investment predictions, including year-end index targets, key events, and my personal favorite, the inevitable “Top (pick a number like 10) surprises for 2016.” With the latter, prognosticators make outrageous and attention-grabbing predictions. If one or two even come close to being correct, the prognosticator becomes prophetic. If none prove right, it’s no big deal. They weren’t supposed to anyway.

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Castles Made of Sand?

Friday, October 16, 2015

The third quarter’s volatility across riskier asset classes was at least in part a response to global economic growth concerns. While some economists and investors suggest that subdued growth expectations are a natural function of the business cycle, others express more profound unease. CAPTRUST CIO Eric Freedman provides his perspective.

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