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Apparel retail doldrums

Since 2011, consumer spending has been below average overall, and spending on retail apparel has been especially poor. A host of factors, from shifting consumer priorities to poor inventory control have forced apparel retailers to compete on price, and sales and profitability have suffered dramatically.

Tagged with: U.S. Economy

Half-time report on the U.S. consumer

U.S. consumers have taken a more cautious attitude toward debt and been more selective about using it for discretionary purchases. With consumers using credit cards less and using debit cards much more, the supports for higher discretionary spending are keyed off income and wages and also employment.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

A tepid cyclical lift

Cyclical investment and discretionary spending are on track to deliver earnings growth of 7% in the S&P 500. Strength in some consumer durables appears more of a “wallet share” gain than a general lift due to recovering wages or a release of excess savings.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing, Markets

Retail sector outlook — It’s a share game

We believe that many of the macro and micro headwinds experienced through 2013 will continue into 2014. Low correlations across apparel retailers and manufacturers provide opportunities to generate alpha through stock picking.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Defense industry outlook — Looking past the headlines

The outlook for U.S. defense contractors has been improving despite all the negative headlines. Army spending is under pressure, but Navy and Air Force spending remain well supported.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

India’s new government fires investor enthusiasm

The landslide victory of the pro-business Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has transformed investor sentiment towards India. As the new government puts its stamp on policy, it will create investment opportunities not only in the domestic economy but also in sectors exposed to government-led reform.

Tagged with: Global Economy, Investing

Data breaches — What they mean for retailers, consumers and investors

More than 1,000 retailers have been affected by the same malware that caused Target and Home Depot data breaches. The number of data breaches will continue to increase and cost retailers millions in IT spending and damage control.

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Reinvesting in American business

The markets have rewarded U.S. corporations that have embraced a discipline of strict cost oversight and a rigorous focus on returning capital to shareholders. We strongly favor such discipline unless it ends up crowding out reinvestment for innovation and profitable revenue growth.

Tagged with: Equities, Investing

Digital dining: How restaurants are applying technology to drive sales

Restaurants are modernizing dining with consumer-centric tech focus. Large chains are the leaders, investing more and increasing market share.

Tagged with: Investing

Is Europe Heading for Japanese-style Deflation?

There are many parallels between the euro area today and Japan in the 1990s. The euro area appears to be on track to avert deflation in the short term.

Tagged with: Equities, Global Economy, Investing, Markets
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