The elimination of personal exemptions is one of many features of the tax reform proposal presently being debated in Washington. If passed, the new regime would realign the finances of industries, households and even countries.
This month's forecast follows a wave of generally positive economic data that appeared to shake off the weather-related disruptions seen throughout the summer and early fall.
Investors today are questioning whether equities are too pricey. We think it’s important to look at valuations from both a relative and absolute perspective, while keeping an eye on what’s motivating the Fed’s rate moves.
On Sept. 20, the Federal Reserve (Fed) officially announced the start of its balance sheet unwinding process, embarking on a slow journey of reversing the quantitative easing (QE) policy that it launched in the wake of the global financial crisis.
Amazon.com has shaken up US retailers and manufacturers, a trend amplified by the recent purchase of Whole Foods Market. But despite Amazon’s dominance, investors can still find resilient businesses in a vast sector.
James Montier and Matt Kadnar, members of GMO’s Asset Allocation team, have just published a new white paper -- “The S&P 500: Just Say No” -- warning of the risks to investors throwing in the towel on valuation, diversification and active management in favor of a passive allocation to large-cap U.S. equities.
We are not suggesting that the UK economy has been performing in a stellar fashion. Far from it. But in a low-growth world (mired in what the OECD likes to refer to as a “low-growth trap”) the UK hasn’t been anywhere near bottom of the table.
The country is in a period of substantially tighter monetary policy, which may have mixed implications for emerging markets, explains James Syme, manager of the JOHCM Emerging Markets Opportunities Fund.
There has been a lot of discussion about a recent academic paper, "Why Indexing Works," which makes a statistical case for passive investing in equities. The same logic applied to bonds, though, may make the opposite case: Passive fixed income management doesn't work, but active bond management does.