Navigating a negative rate world
The Fed is facing pressure to push rates towards zero, while the ECB is doubling down on its negative rate policy.
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The Business Roundtable recently updated its view on the “Purpose of a Corporation” and the reactions were immediate. Is it the end of capitalism? Just lip service to support entrenched management teams? Our team analyzed the potential impact on business, industry analysis and corporate governance.
August has been a highly volatile period for the financial markets. Reignited trade tensions and recent yield-curve inversions have spooked investors, culminating in a 3% drop in the S&P 500 Index on Aug. 14, its worst day of the year.
The Fed announced a much-anticipated one-quarter-percentage-point cut to the federal funds rate. Following the decision, Fed Chairman Powell's press conference commentary was perceived as unexpectedly hawkish. While the market had a 'buy the rumor, sell the news’ reaction, but we believe underlying fundamentals should support continued growth during the rest of 2019.
Economic fundamentals were solid at the start of the year. Could trade disruptions put the economic expansion at risk in the second half of 2019?