Market Commentary | April 17, 2023

Purgatory at the Point of Inflection About a year ago, in our search for yield that was safe in a rising rate, inflationary environment, we identified a multi-billion-dollar pool of fixed-to-floating rate preferreds we could buy at meaningful discounts to par that...

Market Commentary | February 14, 2023

Time Rewards Selectivity Before we started our seemingly endless commentary on runaway inflation, we talked a lot about our search for growth.  We wanted to find growth within the pandemic. We wanted growth above inflation. We wanted to identify which companies can...

Market Commentary | January 12, 2023

The World Repriced Investors have removed their rose-colored glasses and now perceive the world through a glass, darkly. The overarching optimism that opened 2022 is all but gone. In 2022, the S&P 500 delivered a negative 18.1% total return, its worst annual...

Market Commentary | December 13, 2022

Is inflation dead? This morning the Labor Department reported November’s month-over-month core inflation of just 0.1%, far below the forecast rate of 0.4% and, annualized, below the Fed’s 2.0% target rate. The Fed is expected to hike rates by an additional 50 basis...

Market Commentary | November 16, 2022

Positioning for a return to normal Last Thursday, October’s CPI stormed in at 7.7% which would normally be cause for panic, but because the figure was lower than September’s, stocks soared and interest rates fell. On Tuesday PPI came in lower than estimates,...