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Macro Factors are Driving Market Surprise

March 27, 2022

Markets exhibited more strange behavior this week as the war in Ukraine raged on, and the macroeconomic backdrop continued to drive investor sentiment. So this week, we continue to leverage our Surprise Indices to highlight market reaction to current global events. We’ll also extend our analysis to illustrate a practical example of using our Surprise Index framework, combined with additional...

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Alyx Flournoy, CFA
Alyx Flournoy, CFA

Fishing for Value in a Sea of Growth

February 06, 2022

Over the last couple weeks, we’ve been profiling the growth vs value rotation and the macroeconomic factors driving the current market environment. Though the worst of the recent market sell-off may have passed, it’s clear that 2022 has brought a new regime which requires investors to be creative in sourcing ideas that align with their investment mandate, while allowing for opportunities to take...

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Alyx Flournoy, CFA
Alyx Flournoy, CFA

The Macro Forces Shaping the Growth vs. Value Rotation

January 30, 2022

Last week, we keyed into the growth vs. value rotation that has kicked off the year 2022 with a bang. Value’s rally and growth’s sell-off through the first two weeks of the year were historically significant and have added fuel to the fire in an already tumultuous environment headlined by macroeconomic conditions.

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Kevin Wahlberg
Kevin Wahlberg

Identifying Crowded Names - Q4 2021 Earnings Season

January 16, 2022

There is no shortage of systematic distortion in the market as we kick off Q4 2021 earnings season. As we have in the past, we will highlight the most crowded stocks from both a long and short perspective as earnings calls begin. Crowded stocks can exhibit exacerbated pricing pressure when material information reaches the market. In addition, earnings releases can increase price volatility,...

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Kevin Wahlberg
Kevin Wahlberg

Quantifying the Impact of an Increasingly Hawkish Fed

January 09, 2022

This week, we’re temporarily pausing our “Where’s the Alpha?” series to help our community analyze the potential impact of the Fed’s hawkish surprise earlier this week.

The Fed’s Dec 14-15 meeting minutes became publicly available on Tuesday, revealing that the Fed intends to accelerate the reduction of the bonds held on its balance sheet. While most observers expected measured rate increases,...

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Kevin Wahlberg
Kevin Wahlberg

Where’s the Macro?

December 05, 2021

Throughout 2021, we’ve explored a variety of macroeconomic influences on equity risk and performance, from interest rates to inflation, commodities, and more. Of course, the magnitude of the macro role in equity markets fluctuates over time but, for many, it has felt as though macroeconomic factors have been a massive driver of performance for nearly two years running. As a result, as fundamental...

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Kevin Wahlberg
Kevin Wahlberg