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Last week’s FOMC meeting was the third largest dovish surprise in the QE era, only bested by the original QE1 announcement and the September 2013 “no taper” decision. We continue to expect the FOMC to hike rates in September, and the pace of rate hikes thereafter should be faster than markets are currently pricing.

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In equity markets, we are generally positive on the major regions except emerging markets, which we continue to underweight. There are some selective opportunities in EM countries benefitting from lower oil prices and where the respective governments have committed to business-friendly reforms.
In bond markets, we see an increasing disconnect between the U.S. and UK, where yields should move higher, and Europe, where the ECB began intervening in secondary markets on 9 March.

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The overall financial position of the 40-year old Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is adequate for the next several years. However, the multiemployer deficit is a real concern.

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We expect high yield and emerging markets debt to deliver better returns in either a slow growth or inflationary recovery scenario. Investors should brace for higher levels of price volatility as monetary policy continues to move in different directions around the globe.

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Disruption from the West Coast port strikes is likely to continue for several months. The situation could pressure both sales and margin for retailers ahead of the Easter holiday.

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After 13 consecutive months of positive returns, it is not surprising that the muni market has taken a step backward. We believe that the muni market remains on sound footing due to supportive market fundamentals and technicals, as well as our entrenched high tax environment.

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Q: What do you mean by “solutions” as referenced in your title and domain of responsibility? A: We use that word to refer to investment strategies whose success and risk are defined in an outcome-oriented way as opposed to a benchmark-oriented way.

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Improved corporate governance, especially as it relates to capital allocation, is a key component to third arrow efforts for Abenomics. To create urgency among corporate managements towards reform, we believe the Japanese government should move to gradually but consistently improve shareholder rights.

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Last year, U.S. stocks had the best returns among major equity markets across the world. Much of this difference in performance was driven by the strength of the dollar which resulted in negative returns for most developed international and emerging market equities, with a handful of exceptions such as India.

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We retain very modest expectations for total returns from fixed-income assets based on the low level of yields combined with the expectation that interest rate policy will normalize within the next five years. We believe equities offer returns only slightly below their long-term averages based on expectations of ongoing economic growth and worldwide equity valuations that are not extremely expensive.

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