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A New Investment Frontier: An Introduction to Private Lending

A New Investment Frontier: An Introduction to Private Lending

Institutional and private investors are increasingly considering direct lending for their investment portfolios. This new investment frontier offers opportunities but also reason to move deliberately. This paper will discuss this new asset class, offering thoughts on the opportunity set as well as a primer on its underlying characteristics.

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Diversification

Diversification

In a period of ever rising equity markets, the emotional appeal to concentrate one’s portfolio in what has worked lately is strong. This often proves to be a poor long-term investment decision, as discussed in this thought piece.

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Executive Compensation: Design and Planning

Executive Compensation: Design and Planning

For an organization, compensation is best structured to reward employees for their efforts. For the executive team though, organizations should focus on alignment of its compensation plans with the performance of the organization and its executives, individually.

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Economic Commentary

2020 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

2020 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

We are entering a new decade in the midst of an old expansion. The length of the expansion does not suggest a recession is imminent, but it does imply that GDP growth will struggle to exceed 2% consistently even as interest rates remain near historic lows. The Federal Reserve is faced with the daunting task of moving interest rates higher without squelching the expansion so it has more firepower to stimulate a recovery when the next recession hits. In this update, we evaluate what current economic trends mean for the future and why, paradoxically, the Fed is more likely to cut interest rates this year than raise them.

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2019 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

2019 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

In the second quarter, only two sectors of the economy contributed positive growth, and deteriorating trends suggest our “Good but not great” growth outlook for the economy will come under pressure in coming quarters.  Slowing growth is one reason the Federal Reserve has shifted toward easier monetary policy, but importantly, U.S. central bankers are also responding more reasonably to slowing global macroeconomic conditions and persistently low inflation. With the Fed actively easing, our baseline forecast does not include an imminent recession, but the call is increasingly difficult to make as slower growth produces a fragile economy more susceptible to shocks.

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2019 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

2019 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

Following a month-long delay due to the government shutdown, officials confirmed what economists and investors already suspected – the economy is slowing. We expect growth to continue to slow towards the 2.0% – 2.5% pace characterized by the post-Financial Crisis expansion, though we caution the potential for Q1 2019 growth to surprise to the downside. However, as we detail in the letter, the domestic economy is on reasonably sound footing, and the economic expansion has room to run if the Fed sticks to their new narrative of being patient.

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Latest Blog Posts

3 Ways To Navigate Through The Election Season (Television Interview)

February 20, 2020

Karl Eggerss was interviewed on CBS and discussed how to avoid making mistakes with your money the closer the election gets. Sharon Ko:                         Election season gets people fired up on...

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It’s Not The News, It’s This That Drives Stock Prices

February 17, 2020

On the Trey Ware Show, Karl explained why stocks have continued to move up recently despite what seems like bad news. Trey Ware:                         Well, let me get my friend Karl...

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5-Minute Huddle: Losing Altitude

By Justin Pawl, CFA, CAIA In this week’s edition: Fed Policy Update – The Covid-19 virus may force the Fed’s hand. Losing Altitude – The January retail sales report was crummy....

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