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Looking across time at the intricacies of human behavior, it is quite common to run into fixed mindsets that put undue weight on present facts and circumstances. Yet, this trait is not universal as some have been able to foresee change either through creativity and/or a deep understanding of the past. The rare few that comprise this group are justifiably held in very high regard, although not immediately, as their...

Equity and credit markets ended the quarter on a high note, with the S&P 500 and the Barclays Capital Aggregate Bond Index appreciating 5.2% and 2%, respectively. Investors’ appetite for risk assets remained steady in the face of a surprisingly large negative revision to U.S. first-quarter GDP growth, uncertainty surrounding future monetary policy, and political unrest in the Ukraine and the Middle East. During the quarter, the S&P 500 completed...

For more than five years institutional investors have evaluated (and re-evaluated) the role of fixed income in their portfolios. During the financial crisis of 2008, a flight to quality led many investors to government debt, sending Treasury rates lower and credit spreads to historically wide levels. Near the end of the market downturn, opportunistic investors shifted to a more credit-oriented approach in an effort to capitalize on much higher yields...