Investment Insights Podcast: September could be a grueling month in Washington

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Amy Magnotta, CFASenior Vice President, Brinker Capital

On this week’s podcast (recorded August 29, 2017), Amy discusses how the agenda in Washington, during the month of September, will be grueling.

Quick hits:

  • Lawmakers must deal with raising the debt ceiling, government funding to avoid a shutdown, and a new budget that will provide a reconciliation vehicle so that tax reform can pass with a simple majority vote.
  • We faced a similar situation in September 2013 when the government did shut down for sixteen days.
  • We believe that the Administration serves as both a positive tailwind for the economy and markets, as well as a significant risk.

For Amy’s full insights, click here to listen to the audio recording.

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The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Investment Insights Podcast: A quick review of May markets

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Leigh Lowman, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded June 9, 2017), Leigh provides a quick review of May markets.

Quick hits:

  • Risk assets continued with their upward momentum, generally finishing positive for the month.
  • Politics dominated headlines with the spotlight on the Trump administration.
  • Overseas, international markets reacted positively to the French election win of Macron, known for his moderate political stance.
  • Expectations have strengthened for an additional Fed rate hike in June.
  • We currently find a number of factors supportive of the economy and markets.

For Leigh’s full insights, click here to listen to the audio recording.

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The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

 

Investment Insights Podcast: Will the drama in Washington, DC upend the economic recovery and market rally?

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On this week’s podcast (recorded June 2, 2017), Tim addresses a question top of mind for many investors.

Quick hits:

  • When it comes to politics, Brinker Capital is agnostic. Our focus is on understanding the economic and political environment we are operating in, while best positioning our portfolios regardless of the party in power.
  • We see the Trump Administration’s agenda as largely supportive of an optimistic outlook on the U.S. economy and market.
  • If Republicans fail in advancing their legislative agenda, risk assets should still benefit from two significant political tail winds:
    1. A more benign regulatory environment
    2. Certainty around federal tax rates
  • While the economic recovery and bull market are both long lived, we continue to see the weight of the evidence as supporting further expansion and price gains.

For Tim’s full insights, click here to listen to the audio recording.

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The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Investment Insights Podcast: A quick review of April markets

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Leigh Lowman, Investment Manager

On this week’s podcast (recorded May 5, 2017), Leigh provides a quick review of April markets.

Quick hits:

  • After drifting lower for most of the month, risk assets rallied at the end of April and finished in positive territory.
  • The French election spurred a rebound in markets when both Republican and Socialist candidates were edged out in favor of a Centralist candidate.
  • On the domestic side, markets were relatively quiet.
  • We currently find a number of factors currently supportive of the economy and markets.

For Leigh’s full insights, click here to listen to the audio recording.

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The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

 

Investment Insights Podcast: While we feel the weight of the evidence leans positive, risks remain

magnotta_headshot_2016Amy Magnotta, CFASenior Investment Manager, Brinker Capital

On this podcast (recorded January 31, 2017), Amy discusses Brinker’s outlook over the short-term and intermediate-term.

  • The recent actions of President Trump have resulted in an increase in short-term political risk.
  • As we’ve seen before, new presidents typically struggle to get their footing early on in their administration and equities tend to be weaker in February as a consequence.
  • Because of the short-term impact of the negative headlines, Trump may have to spend down some of his political capital now, which could impact his ability to get his full agenda passed in the future.
  • Our view remains constructive on risk assets in the intermediate term.

Click here to listen to the full podcast.

Source: Brinker Capital. Views expressed are for informational purposes only. Holdings subject to change. Not all asset classes referenced in this material may be represented in your portfolio. Indices are unmanaged and an investor cannot invest directly in an index. All investments involve risk including loss of principal. Fixed income investments are subject to interest rate and credit risk. Foreign securities involve additional risks, including foreign currency changes, political risks, foreign taxes, and different methods of accounting and financial reporting. Brinker Capital Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Investment Insights Podcast: On the eve of Donald Trump’s inauguration…

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On this week’s podcast (recorded January 19, 2017), Andrew discusses Donald Trump’s impact on the markets over the last few months and how he’s influenced our outlook going forward. Quick hits:

  • After an initial reaction of fear, Trump’s victory quickly brought about a new hope for U.S. economic growth.
  • But, as we are all aware, markets move based on expectations, and have history of getting ahead of itself.
  • We are confident that higher volatility across markets and interest rates will likely continue as investors cling to Trump’s every word.
  • The currencies of India, Mexico, and Russia are all undervalued to the tune of 25-45%.
  • Despite all of these uncertainties and higher expected volatility, we believe risk assets will continue to outperform, but the move won’t be linear.

For Andrew’s full insights, click here to listen to the audio recording.

The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

What to expect from Trump’s tax reform

Andy RosenbergerAndrew Rosenberger, CFA, Senior Investment Manager 

Political biases aside, one can’t deny that equity markets have received the incoming Trump administration favorably. Much of the market optimism has rightly been attributed to a reduction in corporate tax rates which will immediately serve to increase earnings upon implementation. Evercore ISI published an illuminating chart demonstrating the power of lower tax rates. Their chart below demonstrates that companies with the highest tax rates are outperforming companies with the lowest tax rates by 470bps since the election. After all, that makes complete sense given that companies who pay the most in taxes will subsequently benefit the greatest from any cut in taxes.

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Yet, when we reconcile market hope versus the reality of what policy will actually be enacted, it’s easy to get lost in all the details. For that, I give tremendous credit to Barron’s which published a well-articulated overview of what to expect, at least tentatively, when it comes to tax reform. I encourage anyone with a subscription to Barron’s to immediately read their article, Advice From Wall Street’s Go-To Tax Man. However, to summarize some insightful points from the article:

  • The number of federal tax brackets is expected to shrink from 7 to 3
  • The top tax rate for individuals would be lowered from 39.6% to 33%
  • Corporate tax rates would be lowered from 35% to either 15% or 20%
  • Most forms of investment income could be treated tax favorably, including interest income which is taxed as ordinary income rates today
  • Many forms of itemized tax deductions would be removed. Mortgage interest and charitable contributions would likely be spared.
  • Small business owners may be taxed at a rate different from individuals. Today, small businesses income is treated the same as if it were ordinary income.

What are some of the implications of these changes?

  • While there is only a week left in the year, investors should try to defer any further capital gains until next year when they are taxed at a potentially lower rate
  • Earnings will go up; valuations, assuming no change in price, will look more favorable
  • Municipal bonds which provide tax free income will be much less attractive on a relative basis. Also, given that municipalities use their favorable tax treatment to raise capital, this may put additional stress on spreads via funding concerns.
  • Corporate spreads, on the other hand, should theoretically narrow given they get more favorable tax treatment
  • Companies with deferred tax assets and individuals with loss carryforwards will see the value of those assets reduced. However, they will be valuable in the form of offsetting gains.
  • Interest deductions may not be tax deductible anymore. This could lead to lower debt issuance, a smaller supply of corporate and tighter spreads.

Many of these assumptions and implications are based on a combination of Trump’s plan and the proposed House plan. While nothing is set in stone and likely won’t be for quite some time, it’s not too early to begin thinking about how these changes may impact an investor’s wealth planning and asset location strategies. Tax management will no doubt continue to play an important role in the wealth management process. But more than anything, lower tax rates will mean more flexibility for financial advisors as they determine how best to structure their client’s asset allocation to meet their long-term goals.

Brinker Capital provides several tax harvesting opportunities to help investors manage one of their largest costs. Contact Brinker Capital to learn more about how our investment solutions may provide greater tax control.

The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital does not render tax, accounting, or legal advice. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.

Investment Insights Podcast – Markets Elect to Follow History

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On this week’s podcast (recorded March 24, 2016), Bill weighs in on the presidential election race and its impact, or lack there of, on the markets:

Quick takes:

  • The Wall Street Journal survey indicates about 76% of respondents feel this election is introducing more uncertainty into the markets.
  • Evercore ISI research frames the election less as Democrats vs. Republicans and more as unconventional vs. mainstream.
  • While there is heightened uncertainty strewn across media headlines, the market reaction has been typical of past open presidential election races.

Click here to listen to the audio recording

The views expressed are those of Brinker Capital and are not intended as investment advice or recommendation. For informational purposes only. Holdings are subject to change. Brinker Capital, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor.