Recent Supreme Court Rulings May Boost Munis

August 17, 2018

My name is Sam Millette, and I’m a fixed income analyst on the Investment Management and Research team here at Commonwealth. I focus on analyzing individual municipal bonds (munis) for our advisors and their clients. As you are likely aware, munis are primarily bonds that have been issued by local municipal governments to finance public investments. Income from these bonds is often exempt from federal and state income tax, which makes them attractive investments for high-net-worth individuals in a high tax bracket.

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Brexit: Deal or No Deal?

August 16, 2018

Today’s post comes from Anu Gaggar of Commonwealth’s Investment Research team. Take it away, Anu! —Brad

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Book Review: The Absent Superpower, by Peter Zeihan

August 15, 2018

I will be away with my family in Iceland for the next 10 days and will be turning over the blog to my colleagues for that time. We have some very interesting pieces lined up, and I expect you will find them both entertaining and useful. But before I go, here is one last post—a book review!

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The Real Lesson from Turkey’s Crisis

August 14, 2018

As Turkey’s crisis rumbles on, investors are on the watch for signs of contagion. Emerging markets in general are getting hit, so contagion remains a possibility. Still, there are reasons to believe the crisis will burn out in Turkey itself.

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Monday Update: Inflation Moderates, But Still Above Fed Targets

August 13, 2018

Last week’s data was all about prices and whether inflation is picking up. It doesn’t seem to be, in any significant way. This week, we'll see a wide range of data, including housing reports and retail sales.

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Quick Takes from the Financial News: Inflation and Turkey

August 10, 2018

To end the week, I have a couple of quick takes on some hot topics from the financial news. Let’s start with inflation.

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Monthly Market Risk Update: August 2018

August 9, 2018

Market risks come in three flavors: recession risk, economic shock risk, and risks within the market itself. So, what do these risks look like for August? Let’s take a closer look at the numbers.

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