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Market Whipsaw Sheared Bears Like Sheep in February

Market Whipsaw Sheared Bears Like Sheep in February

Douglas Coté, CFA, SVP & Chief Market Strategist

February’s rally showed that the market’s most strident bears were overeager in calling the end of this nearly six-year bull run.

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Weekly Commentary and Statistics

Weekly Commentary and Statistics

Though markets were mixed last week, the strong February rebound had major indexes well into positive territory for the year to date and many at or near all-time highs. The yield on the benchmark tenyear U.S. Treasury note fell slightly during the week, while bonds from a variety of European governments — including Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Ireland — all touched new historical lows. Oil prices continued to be volatile.

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Asset Allocation Views: A Risk Rally

Asset Allocation Views: A Risk Rally

Paul Zemsky, CFA, CIO, Multi-Asset Strategies, Derek Sasveld, CFA, Head of Asset Allocation, Jon Kaczka, CFA, Asset Allocation Analyst

February thus far has delivered a reversal of the January declines experienced by U.S. equities, U.S. Treasury rates and oil prices. European risk assets have continued to rally despite a lackluster earnings season and a pause in the euro’s fall.

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Fixed Income Perspectives - February 2015

Fixed Income Perspectives - February 2015

Christine Hurtsellers, CFA CIO Fixed Income; Matt Toms, CFA Head of U.S. Public Fixed Income

The year-to-date choppiness in interest rate, currency and spread markets is a testament to the uncertainty surrounding the ability of the U.S. to remain an island of relative tranquility amidst the macro polar vortex that swirls around it.

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Market Review --  January 2015: More Than Words

Market Review -- January 2015: More Than Words

Daniel P. Donnelly, Head of Investment Communications

While the profound weakness in oil prices continued to rattle markets into the new year, central banks seized center stage in January. As investors continue to parse every utterance by the Federal Reserve for clues about the coming rate hike cycle in the U.S., the European Central Bank redefined its commitment to do “whatever it takes” in support of its currency union while authorities in many other international domiciles appear similarly biased toward accommodation.

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Market Review - 4Q14: Things Gone and Things Still Here

Market Review - 4Q14: Things Gone and Things Still Here

Volatility returned to risk markets in the fourth quarter, as fears about the pace of Federal Reserve normalization and plunging oil markets had investors on edge. Assurances from the central bank that it would take a “patient” approach to the coming rate-hike cycle helped soothe investor concerns about life in a post-QE world, however, extending the domestic bull run through the end of the year.

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