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WEEKLY INSIGHTS

Fed Ed: Frankenstein's Monster

Posted on Nov 5, 2013

In the novel Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, Dr. Victor Frankenstein takes pride in his wisdom and decides to play god by experimenting with the creation of life. In a similar vein, the Federal Reserve was born out of the wisdom and confidence that a central bank can benefit a country’s citizenry by managing the economy.

Fed Ed: The Genesis

Posted on Oct 29, 2013

Over the next four weeks we will be doing a series of Insights on the Federal Reserve. Today we start this series by taking a look at the history of the US banking system and the events leading up to the creation of the Federal Reserve under the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.

Stock Market Sniper

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

The 361 Managed Futures Fund can be thought of as a stock market sniper as it patiently waits in cash for the opportunity to take a shot. The premise of the strategy is that one need not be exposed to the risk embedded in the stock market 100% of the time in order to capture the lion’s shares of the returns.

Nuclear Default

Posted on Oct 15, 2013

The historical record clearly shows that the politicization of the debt ceiling that we are seeing today is nothing new. That said, we are closer to an actual default today than we have been in the past, and the chasm separating democrats and republicans on this issue has caused nearly the entire globe to begin asking tough questions. A US default…what does that even mean?

Don't Leave Money On The Table

Posted on Oct 8, 2013

We are constantly asked whether clients should be funneling money into a 401k, an IRA, or simply saving their money in a taxable account. Although the circumstances and goals/objectives of each client are different, this week we cover some basic “rules of thumb” for retirement savings.

Monthly Macro: Green Shoots, Meet Congress

Posted on Oct 1, 2013

The month of September brought a slew of positive marginal changes in global economic data, the FOMC decided to leave its quantitative easing program unchanged at $85 billion a month, and Congress decided to embark on the "Shutdown Showdown."

Dual Headed Policy Monster

Posted on Sep 24, 2013

We have been, and continue to be, in a policy-driven market environment. While the focus has largely been on the Federal Reserve’s monetary policy, Washington’s fiscal policy has also been hugely influential.

Give Me Five

Posted on Sep 17, 2013

American Realty Capital (ARC) has been a disruptive force in the private REIT industry. Historically, private REIT offerings were littered with conflicts of interest, high fees, and no liquidity. ARC set out to change the game by creating more transparency and aligning management’s incentives with their shareholders.

The Hunt For Yield

Posted on Sep 10, 2013

The lack of available income in almost every corner of the publicly traded investment universe has forced us to broaden our horizon in the hunt for yield. One area that we think offers excellent risk adjusted returns is in the relatively new peer to peer lending space.

Monthly Macro: Tug Of War In Confidence

Posted on Sep 3, 2013

This month’s piece will focus on a few themes that show the ongoing tug of war between confidence and uncertainty. We’ll discuss equity market complacency, Syrian tensions and green shoots in the European and Chinese economies.

A Dangerous Game Of Chicken

Posted on Aug 27, 2013

After a relatively quiet 5-week summer recess, we expect the conversation in Washington to heat back up once Congress is back in session on September 9th. With exactly three weeks remaining in the fiscal year, the house, senate and white house will have to work together on a FY2014 spending plan or face a government shut down on October 1st.

Weaning The Mortgage Market

Posted on Aug 20, 2013

This week we will look at the bill being debated in the Senate and publically endorsed by the President proposing the eventual shut down of both Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The new bill proposes a plan to shut down Fannie and Freddie over the next 5 years while still maintaining a reduced role of the federal government in mortgage finance.