Voya Investment Management Market Perspectives
The Fed Gets Schooled on Rising Economic Growth
A hawk in dove’s clothing, Yellen will likely be ahead of the curve when it comes to hiking rates.
Global Perspectives: Weekly Commentary and Statistics
U.S. stock markets posted their first weekly decline in six weeks, as investors fretted over the possibility that the Federal Reserve could adopt a more hawkish tone at its policy meeting September 16-17. Generally positive economic reports in the United States provided a little counterweight. The ten-year U.S. Treasury yield rose to 2.61% and the U.S. dollar gained against the euro and yen. Gold, oil and other commodities also fell for the week.
Asset Allocation Views: Earnings Quietly Trump Geopolitical Concerns
The strong second quarter earnings season has driven equity markets higher and will likely motivate us to raise our full-year 2014 estimates. Europe remains sluggish, while sentiment toward the emerging markets has picked up.
Fixed Income Perspectives - August 2014
The July/August selloff was a reminder that low market volatility won’t go on forever. Though such periodic wakeup calls present a buying opportunity, they also underscore the importance of protecting against tail risk.
Market Review -- August 2014: Green, Green Grass of Home
: August saw domestic markets rebound from July’s wilt, as recent data continued to suggest that the winter freeze wasn’t enough to kill off the roots of the U.S. economic rebirth. Meanwhile, as the usual geopolitical hotspots remain enflamed, a less violent if potentially more economically disruptive turf war has emerged in Scotland, threatening not only the composition of the United Kingdom but the European Union as well.
Market Review: First Quarter 2014: Beneath the Waves, an Ocean
First Quarter 2014: Beneath the Waves, an Ocean Markets turned choppy in the first quarter, buffeted by everything from weather-related economic softness to the leadership transition at the Fed to an emboldened Russia flexing its muscles in the Black Sea. Despite the tumult, a number of domestic equity markets surged to new record highs during the period, suggesting a steady supply of support below the potentially destabilizing swells.