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Market Thoughts 05.18.2017

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Yesterday, U.S. stocks declined 1.8 percent on news of the appointment of a Special Counsel by the Department of Justice to oversee the investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 election. Stocks rebounded today. Nevertheless, this is a clear signal that politics are impacting the markets to an increasing extent and contributing to increased market volatility.

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Americans Vote for Change

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

The election season concluded with the Republicans winning the presidency and holding on to majorities in both the House of Representatives and Senate. This Market Thoughts explores the immediate impact of the Trump surprise and offers initial thoughts on the likely market reaction.

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Historic Brexit Vote

Friday, June 24, 2016

Heading into this vote, the consensus from financial markets, political analysts, and economists was that voters would opt to stay in the European Union, but a different outcome ensued. In this edition of Market Thoughts, CAPTRUST CIO Eric Freedman discusses this development’s implications for investors and the likely capital market response.

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Capital Market Recalibration

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Capital markets have had an inauspicious start to 2016. Investor concerns about China, the energy market, corporate profits, and the path toward growth have resulted in widespread selling. In this Market Thoughts, we recap some of the recent trends and provide our thoughts on what we think it will take for markets to calm.

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Precise Imprecision

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate target by .25% today. Before today’s decision, interest rates had remained at “emergency” levels since late 2008 when the Fed cut its target rate to an all-time low during the financial crisis. While we do not want to add to the chorus already pontificating on today’s events, we would like to put some context around the Fed’s decision.

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The U.S. Federal Reserve in the Spotlight

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Today’s Federal Reserve Bank meeting was viewed by many as the most anticipated in the Fed's history. Would Chairwoman Janet Yellen raise interest rates for the first time in more than seven years, or would recent economic weakness keep the Fed from making a policy change?

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