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Timely takes on markets and the economy.

Trade issues have again moved to the top of investors’ minds. Near-term volatility is likely to continue but long-term damage is still unlikely in our view.
Putting recent stock market volatility into perspective.
The communications services sector has defied our underperform rating, but we see headwinds building and continue to suggest caution.
Trade is back in the headlines, and on Twitter, with volatility sensitive to every tweet, tariff escalation and retaliation; but a look at the actual economic implications is in order.
Stocks sank as China and the U.S. threatened higher tariffs on imports.
Recent developments have caused markets to focus on geopolitical risk, with more to come in the month of May.
Following a quick update on Friday’s jobs report, we will dig into the details to-date of a less-than-stellar first quarter S&P 500 earnings season.
Federal Reserve policymakers kept short-term interest rates steady, but indicated that the pace of hikes going forward may be slower than previously expected.
Stock markets around the world have posted steady double-digit gains this year on a rebound of valuations. However, volatility may return without support from earnings growth.
The Leading Economic Index lifted enough in March to bring it back to a cycle high; but the deterioration in the trend bears watching.

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