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Asset allocation moves in new directions

Many have forecast that stock market returns in the next 10 years will not match those of the last 10 years – or even the last 35 years. Instead, they expect lower returns and higher volatility. Get the views of our investment panel on the factors facing asset allocation now.

A change at the Fed - what could it mean?

President Donald Trump has chosen to appoint a new Federal Reserve Chair. If confirmed, Jerome Powell will assume control of the Fed in February 2018.

Q4 Outlook A look at key issues sectors as 2018 approaches

We believe there are opportunities in companies that continue to demonstrate strong fundamentals – despite the occasional distractions of the global news cycle.

What’s the impact of inflation on consumers and investors?

Inflation can be a silent thief of your purchasing power in retirement. Learn why it’s wise to pay attention to the inflation rate with Waddell & Reed Insights.

Federal Reserve holds steady on interest rates, announces plans for balance sheet drawdown

For the second consecutive quarter, the Fed chose not to raise rates. At the same time, it announced plans for being to reduce its balance sheet. The drawdown, set to begin in October, will be passive and gradual.

U.S. Census Bureau releases report on young adulthood

In an April 2017 report, the U.S. Census Bureau examined changes in young adulthood over the last 40 years. The study looked at how the economic and demographic characteristics of young adults (ages 18 to 34) have changed from 1975 to 2016.

How to Strike the Right Balance in High Yield Bonds

Strong 2016 performance and a sharp rally in credit spreads have prompted some investors to take a cautious view of high yield bonds.

Fallen Angels Offer Opportunity in Credit Market

In most credit cycles, the market hits a point when credit rating downgrades far exceed upgrades. This ratings migration process can significantly impact the valuations of securities, particularly when credits are downgraded from a rating of investment grade to high yield.

Measuring employment

As expected, the Federal Reserve recently increased the benchmark federal funds interest rate to 1.00%, a 0.25-percentage-point increase, its second increase since December 2016.

Federal Reserve announces another rate increase

The U.S. Federal Reserve's (Fed) policy-making committee increased the benchmark federal funds interest rate to 1.00%, a 0.25-percentage-point increase. This follows an increase in December 2016.

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