Investment Outlook


Economic Outlook Highlights

July 2017     |  Economic Outlook Highlights   (PDF/New Window)
July 2017     |  Economic Outlook Highlights  (PDF/New Window) July 2017 | Economic Outlook Highlights
The economy is on track for growth close to its 2.6% second-quarter rate through the end of this year. Remarkably low recession risks for an eight-year expansion primarily reflect interest rates suppressed by ample “liquidity” and subdued inflation plus broad-based, manufacturing and non-manufacturing support to growth.
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Briefings and Commentaries

August 11, 2017 – Market Comment (PDF/New Window)
August 11, 2017 | Market Comment (PDF/New Window) August 11, 2017 | Market Comment
A wake-up call from Asia. The flight to quality triggered by the war of words between North Korea and the U.S. sent a simple portfolio of risk assets down to a seven-week low against their ”safe-haven” counterpart. S&P 500 stocks ended the week at a one-month low, aggravated by retailers’ disappointing earnings reports. By contrast, the 10-year Treasury yield slipped below 2.2% for the first time since late June in a flight-driven rally reinforced by fresh signs of “disinflation.” Gold finished at a two-month high, the safe-haven yen’s dollar rate at a level not seen since April and the stock market’s VIX index of market volatility “spiked” to its highest reading since November. The S&P 500’s broad and deep sell-off from Monday’s record high extended to 10 of 11 sectors and to 105 of the 127 reporting industry groups, aggravated by a narrowing rally relying on just five companies for nearly 40% of the benchmark’s gain in the thirty days through Monday’s high versus less than 28% by the top five year-to-date through early July. Equally narrow was the second quarter’s impressive, double-digit earnings growth—the first such back-to-back gain since 2011— supporting the market’s rise, with tech, energy and financial services accounting for over 70% of the profits gain.
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Gary Schlossberg

Senior Economist

Gary SchlossbergAs senior economist, Gary Schlossberg is responsible for assessing the economic environment and providing input to the equity and fixed-income portfolio management teams at Wells Capital Management.

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