November 8, 2017— There is no single issue that has been discussed more since the November 2016 presidential election than tax reform. This is particularly true within investment circles, though sentiment regarding likelihood of passage has ebbed and flowed throughout this year. Last Thursday the House Republicans released the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, a bill that would cut taxes by about $900 billion for individuals and almost $600 billion for companies. Static scoring (i.e.
October 16, 2017— On Thursday, the European Union (EU) and UK concluded their fifth round of Brexit negotiations. At this point—sixteen months since the Brexit referendum vote—six months since the invocation of Article 50 (to formally start the two-year clock for Brexit negotiations)—and several rounds deep into negotiations—one would think the two sides would have made more progress on key issues.
In this Investment Insight we explore:Why allocating among different sizes and styles of stocks in a portfolio often does not result in the kinds of uncorrelated returns it historically did.How allocating among economic sectors when building a stock portfolio may be more beneficial than traditional methods of allocation.The way in which allocating among economic sectors captures the sensitivity of stocks to the fluid, various, and unpredictable economic forces that drive those stocks.