The Fed remains active, raising interest rates again in March following the December hike. As investors look to align the Fed’s rather dovish comments with a humming economy, it appears that, provided the Fed follows its expected path of three total interest rate hikes in 2017, investors are willing to accept higher rates. Equity market investors have experienced low volatility thus far in 2017, although market leadership has shifted somewhat. This shift perhaps reflects an acknowledgment that a foundation of strengthening global economic conditions deserves greater attention than U.S. fiscal stimulus.Read Post
2017 began on the heels of a fairly euphoric move in the U.S. markets following the election of President Trump and the expectations for a meaningful bump in growth on the back of Republican-sponsored fiscal stimulus in the form of spending packages and tax reform plans. Underlying these stimulus expectations, however, was a steady improvement in economic data beginning in August of last year, and that supported the markets through the end of the...Read Post
Many U.S. based investors largely invest in domestic companies and institutions, whether through equity investments in U.S. companies, the purchase of debt issued by those same companies, or debt issued by state and federal governments. However, ignoring the myriad opportunities available outside the United States can potentially hinder performance in the long term.Read Post
As the current bull market is in its eighth year and showing no signs of cooling off,investors continue to ratchet up expectations for substantial market returns. But are investors expecting too much over the long term? The Boston Private investment team shares their long-term forecast for the markets and how you should prepare.Read Post
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