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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

2018 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

2018 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

We typically distribute this report at the time of the quarterly GDP release, but the delay worked to our advantage. In addition to reporting the fastest quarterly economic growth in four years, the Bureau of Economic Analysis revised several years of recent economic data and “found” $3 trillion of previously unreported income. The revision is a game-changer as it relates to perspectives on the status of the consumer, which is a critical input to future GDP growth.

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2018 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

2018 Q1 Economic Review and Outlook

In the fourth quarter, the economy expanded by 2.6% bringing real, annualized GDP growth to 2.3% in 2017. In many ways, 2017 was a prototypical post-Financial Crisis year with regards to economic growth. A weak first quarter gave way to stronger growth in the back half of the year, resulting in a good, but not a great year for the economy.

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2017 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

2017 Mid-Year Economic Review and Outlook

The economy expanded at a real, annualized rate of 2.6% in the second quarter, while first quarter growth was revised down to 1.2% (vs. the previous estimate of 1.4%). The expansion was in line with analyst expectations from the beginning of the quarter and consistent with the post-Financial Crisis pattern of weak first quarters followed by stronger growth in the second quarter.

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Covenant Weekly Market Synopsis for October 12, 2018

October 15, 2018

Last Week Today: Q3 Earnings season kicked off last week, with 47 companies posting results. Overall, the earnings reports were OK, but macroeconomic concerns swamped earnings reports, driving markets down....

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Covenant Weekly Market Synopsis for October 5, 2018

October 8, 2018

Last Week Today: Italy’s anti-establishment government announced a budget with a deficit of 2.4%, pushing back against the European Union’s warnings for Italy to shore up its finances. | Fed...

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Covenant Weekly Market Synopsis for September 28, 2018

October 1, 2018

Last Week Today: China pushed back from the negotiating table, snubbing additional trade talks with the U.S. (at least for now). | Key OPEC members Russia and Saudi Arabia dismissed...

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