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Can Allergan (AGN) Be the Role Model That Pharmaceuticals Need?


With drug prices under heightened scrutiny from the public as well as policymakers due to the recent controversy surrounding the EpiPen price hike, there was some surprising and reassuring news from Allergan, a pharmaceutical firm, today.

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Continuity For India’s Central Bank

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On September 4, 2016 Raghuram Rajan, Governor of India’s Reserve Bank (RBI), will step down from his post and be replaced by Urjit Patel. While Mr. Rajan’s term has been marred by partisan disputes and political differences, his contributions in stabilizing India’s economy cannot and should not be understated or forgotten. Continue reading “Continuity For India’s Central Bank”

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Do The Highest-Paid CEOs Deliver The Highest Returns For Investors?

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An interesting piece recently put together by Ric Marshall & Linda-Eling Lee from MSCI Inc. answers this very important question for shareholders. The duo studied over 400 large U.S. corporations over a ten-year period, between 2006 and 2015, and concluded that higher pay Continue reading “Do The Highest-Paid CEOs Deliver The Highest Returns For Investors?”

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Comments on Brexit

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I wanted to take a moment to share our thoughts on the major news event today, the “leave” vote in the British referendum to leave the European Union, otherwise known as Brexit. Our thoughts will be limited to the economic and financial impact of the vote, as I will leave the geopolitical implications to the pundits for now. This is not to say that the geopolitical consequences will be trivial, as we believe the vote to leave the European Union was very much related to issues that are not obviously economic, including immigration, border control, and Britain’s relationship with Brussels. However, the geopolitical consequences will take years to play out and are beyond the scope of this update.

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What Has the Fed Been Doing in the Shadows?


On the surface, many investors and market observers feel that the Fed just recently began to tighten monetary policy with a rate hike in December of last year. However, by looking at the Wu-Xia shadow fed funds rate1, the tightening cycle has been underway for quite a bit longer – since mid-2014, in fact.

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The Garden State’s Future Looks Bright


We’ve commented on the national economy as well as jobs across our country on several occasions over the past couple months. Today, however, we want to comment on the state of employment in, well, our own state: New Jersey. Just how far has the Garden State come in terms of recovering the number of jobs lost since the pre-recession peak in 2008? Very far, according to the Rutgers Economic Advisory Service (R/ECON). To illustrate how close, Nancy Mantell, the director of R/ECON, recently noted that NJ will match the previous high sometime in early 2017.

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Summer Job Search Points to the Gig Economy


Between April and July of each year, the youth labor force (16-to-24-year-olds who are either working or actively looking for employment) grows. This should not come as a surprise, however, because summer break leads many more high school and college students to seek out and accept employment. Furthermore, graduation leads a large percentage of this demographic to find and attain permanent employment.

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Volkswagen Diesel Car Owners OK — but What About the Collateral Damage?


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Yesterday, some details were released regarding Volkswagen’s settlement with diesel car owners and the federal government in regards to its diesel emissions scandal. In essence, Volkswagen is expected to either buy back the affected cars or fix the issues completely. These car owners will be fine, but what about the others who are associated with the brand?

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Do Economic Expansions Grow Tired With Time?


With the market swoon to start the year, many investors wondered if we were finally due for a sustained slowdown in the economy or even a recession. After all, since 1926, recessions have happened once every five years on average and it has been over six-and-a-half years since the last one ended.

Well, positive economic growth has continued and the capital markets have actually made a sharp recovery since mid-February. So, does this make a recession even likelier now as more time has passed?

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In Manhattan, the ̶S̶k̶y̶ Rent is Falling!

Manhattan has always been notorious for the superbly high rates of rent which tenants of the New York City borough have had to endure. While there is no indication that Manhattan will cease to exist as one of the most expensive places to rent in the country, for the first time in 24 months, average rent rates on a year-over-year basis actually fell in the borough. Based on a recent report by Douglas Elliman Real Estate, the median rental price has declined by nearly 3% to $3,300/month for Manhattan in March 2016 versus the same month last year and about 2.5% on a month-over-month basis.

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