Friends in High Places

Some of the highlights include:

• This manager has been heavily overweight U.S. stocks and other assets. However, as economic data continues to improve overseas, this positioning has been unwinding and more investments are being made globally.

• The economic backdrop over the next 12-18 months appears to still be constructive for growth. There are plenty of reasons to continue to believe we will see growth in the economy over the near-term. The biggest driver is the consumer. People are still quite confident and data on spending and business confidence remain quite strong.

• There is some question as to the outlook for fixed income, considering rates and yields are so low. While this year has been strong, the outlook over the shorter and medium term may not be as good. While it doesn’t happen all that often, we always relish the opportunity to speak to these individuals who have incredible resources and connections. No one has a crystal ball on the future of the markets or economy, but this opportunity brings a unique perspective to our internal research efforts.

Connecting with these individuals remains a high priority to our research efforts. Their input directly helps us in our decision making regarding your investments. We will continue to update you with additional research efforts through our blog in the future.


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