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Predicting new drug sales is more art than science

Predicting sales of new medicines is highly inaccurate and subject to significant and often costly errors. While investment analysts can draw on research tools and experience, history suggests new drug forecasting will remain more art than science.

Tagged with: Investing

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

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

The perils and pitfalls of buying individual municipal bonds

Volatile ratings leave retail investors at risk. Retail investors could pay higher prices.

Tagged with: Fixed Income, Investing, Muni Perspectives Blog, U.S. Economy

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.

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Thoughts on navigating market volatility in today’s technology markets

We are seeing a market rotation from momentum to value on macro factors and internal market dynamics. Keys are to stay diversified, look for businesses with strong moats and that produce solid cash flow and compare to historical valuations.

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What’s behind the weakness in U.S. housing?

Existing U.S. home sales have been weak across all regions and this weakness pre-dates this year’s tough winter. Skyrocketing home prices, the surge in interest rates, and meager income growth have hit affordability and dented demand.

Tagged with: Economy, U.S. Economy

Sweeping money market fund reforms adopted by SEC

In a split vote, the SEC adopted sweeping reforms to Rule 2a-7 which governs the operation of money market funds. Many funds that were previously considered retail due to their lower investment minimums will now be called institutional and fall under the new regulations.

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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

U.S. Rates — The Draghi Floor

ECB action this week maybe not enough to restore confidence by itself, but it signals a readiness to defend the inflation target, thus lowering odds of Japanification. U.S. growth accelerating into September 16-17 FOMC meeting.

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