It’s Time to Raise Rates!

Content provided by Marc Pfeffer, CLS Senior Portfolio Manager While the Federal Reserve (Fed) still seems to be shying away from raising interest rates at its next meeting in June, calls are coming from many regional Fed leaders to act quicker. James Bullard, president of the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, warned recently of...

How Low Can Oil Go?

Content provided by Kostya Etus, CLS Associate Portfolio Manager One of the hottest topics in the markets lately has been oil prices. Questions like “Where is oil headed?” have become part of daily conversations and plagued news headlines. I think it is important to cut through the noise, take a step back, and evaluate the...

The Story Behind the Data

Content provided by Robyn Murray, Freelance Writer 11-year-old Stryker whips open the door and jumps into his mother’s parked SUV. “Hey mom, did you see me coming this time?” “I did see you coming this time!” It’s 3 p.m., and J.J. Schenkelberg has just driven five miles from her house to pick up her two...

Retirement Crisis

Content provided by Sierra Morris-Fuchs, CLS Investment Research Analyst I have a quiz for you. How much does a typical household (ages 25 to 64) in the U.S. have saved in its retirement account? You’ve probably heard about the current retirement crises and know you should keep your guess low. How low? $2,500. That’s right,...

How to Prepare Income Strategies for the Fed’s Rate Hike

Content provided by Josh Jenkins, CLS Investment Research Analyst With the Federal Reserve moving closer to the seemingly inevitable liftoff in interest rates, one thing on the mind of many investors is, “How will this affect my portfolio?” This is particularly true for those invested in an income-oriented strategy. Generally speaking, all income strategies carry...

Are Commodities…Dead?

Content provided by Grant Engelbart, CFA – CLS Portfolio Manager Not surprisingly, commodities have been one of the worst performing asset classes over the past several years.  Headline grabbers such as oil and gold have lost their respective luster, and others have followed suit.  A combination of factors has driven prices lower, most recently the...

Healthy Finance

Content provided by Robyn Murray, Freelance Writer Paula Wieck began her career in nutrition science. She specialized in obesity and diabetes – two of the nation’s most prolific ailments. But for her, the interest was personal. Her parents suffered from the diseases, and as a child, she did too. “I lost probably 40 or 50...

Fed is Losing Patience, But Won’t Be Impatient

Content provided by Marc Pfeffer, CLS Senior Portfolio Manager The Fed is losing patience, but they won’t be “impatient” … That is essentially how Fed Chair Janet Yellen began the Federal Open Market Committee’s (FOMC) news conference on March 18. While there was much market chatter leading up to the conference, the most significant announcement...